Lady Tigers chalk up first district victory

Starting five play major minutes in win

Senior Lela Mitchell guides a shot at the basket in the Lady Tigers’ win over Caldwell at Tiger Gym. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Senior Lela Mitchell guides a shot at the basket in the Lady Tigers’ win over Caldwell at Tiger Gym. Reporter/Cliff Dungan With all apologies to the Rockdale bench, the starters took care of business.

The Lady Tigers captured their first league victory of the year by besting Caldwell 34-26 Friday night at Tiger Gym.

The Lady Tigers stand 7-18 overall and 1-5 in District 23- 3A play after falling to Navasota Tuesday night, 55-19, on the road.

With four games left in the season, Rockdale has already surpassed last year’s win total of six and the win stopped a sevengame losing streak.

“Our entire starting lineup played well and it was hard to keep them off the court,” said Rockdale Coach Liz Galloway- McQuitter. “They played major minutes and we did not get to substitute as much.”

Securing that first win unloads a lot of pressure, but McQuitter could see it coming.

“ We played some good basketball during the second half (against LaGrange) especially in the fourth quarter,” she said. “We also did some good things in the Giddings game.

“I hope what is happening is the light bulb coming on. I don’t wantthistobeaflashinthe pan so to speak. We have been pushing very hard in practice with accountability and ownership of our own destiny. Some have resisted, but most have responded.”

The Lady Tigers turned the turnovers way down and the shooting way up.

In one of their best night’s from the floor, the Lady Tigers sank 12- of-30 shots and were 10-of-13 from the free throw line. They turned the ball over only 16 times.

Actually trailing 12-10 at the break, Rockdale created some separation in the second half, outscoring the Lady Hornets 24-14.

Caldwell slipped to 9-15 overall and 0-5 in district.

Victoria Drake turned in a career-high 14 points, including a six-for-seven turn at the free throw line.

The junior also took three rebounds and passed off for three assists.

Jill Young also recorded one of her best efforts with seven points and five boards.

“I hope that the girls can see that the lesson here is to establish your own standard of excellence and play to that standard no matter who the opponent is,” McQuitter said. “That has always been my goal. Several players stepped up and had great games, not just moments or quarters.”

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