Good to go, 5-0
The Lady Tigers recorded their fifth straight win to open the season, handling Austin Lanier 53-36 Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium.
This is the best start by a Rockdale girls team since Janet Havelka’s squad opened the 2008 season at 5-0.
Lady Tiger Coach Liz Galloway
McQuitter points to unbridled teamwork as the reason for her group’s early success.
“ It’s balanced scoring and the attitude of team work,” said McQuitter, in her sixth season as coach. “Everybody has improved their game. Now Velma (Mitchell) is definitely a factor, but they all have improved. It’s a combination of things.
“Hopefully they are having a little fun, but we still have a lot to work on.”
The scenario was the same Tuesday night against Austin Lanier as Mitchell buried four three pointers en route to a 23- point night.
Mitchell began her long distance dialing in the first quarter, accounting for 10 of the Lady Tigers’ total in a 14-7 first quarter lead.
Rockdale maintained their cushion by intermission as Mitch- ell’s bucket after a pass from Visha Henderson made it 22-14 after the Lady Vikings had pulled to within two points.
Mitchell pumped in two more threes and sophomore post Shelby Evans worked inside for three baskets as the Lady Tigers maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the third quarter and led 37-28 heading into the final period.
It was in the fourth quarter where Rockdale began to dial up the pressure on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, outscoring Lanier 16-8.
Mitchell posted seven points as the Lady Tigers reeled off eight straight to construct a 53-32 advantage with just 38 seconds remaining to be played.
“We came out focused and got some big boards early,” McQuitter said. “That allowed us to control the tempo.”
Evans followed Mitchell with 10 points.
The Lady Tigers used some stifling first half defense to propel them to a 34-20 victory on the road.
Rockdale allowed the Lady Eagles just five first half points and none in the second period.
Evans worked inside for 18 points and seven boards as Mitchell struggled on one-of-13 shooting from the floor and produced six points, but chipped in four rebounds and four steals.
Victoria Drake contributed five rebounds and five steals.