Lady Tigers enter own tournament having fun at 6-1

Defending champion Thorndale comes in unbeaten


Freshman point guard Velma Mitchell leads 6-1 Rockdale into the Lady Tiger Classic this weekend. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Freshman point guard Velma Mitchell leads 6-1 Rockdale into the Lady Tiger Classic this weekend. Reporter/Bill Martin If things go as planned, there could be a slam-bang finish to the 2011 edition of the Lady Tiger Classic.

Host Rockdale and defending champion Thorndale are on a collision course, occupying opposite ends of the brackets which could lead to a backyard brawl. Well, maybe a backyard barbecue between two neighbors.

The 6-1 Lady Tigers are off to their best start since going 5- 0 in 2008, while the No. 8 Lady Dogs sprinted out of the gate at 7-0. (For more on Thorndale, see page 3C.)

“Our goal was to be 7-0 in the month of November, but we just shot so poorly against Cameron, we couldn’t get it done,” said Rockdale Coach Liz Galloway-McQuitter. “But we rebounded tonight (Tuesday) and we’re still having fun.”

The Lady Tigers open with Taylor Thursday, then face the winner between (Class A No. 15) Snook and Cameron to reach the championship game Saturday at 1:30.

The Lady Dogs take on Hearne in the opener, then could meet the Robinson- Thrall victor before the finale.

The boys will boast an expanded 12-team field (see schedule on page 3C) where Austin Crockett is the defending champion as play begins Thursday at 9 a.m.

The field includes Hearne, which is ranked 20th in Class 2A.

Tuesday night

After dropping its first game of the year last Tuesday at Cameron, Rockdale responded and got back on track by whipping Waco Reicher 50-32 Tuesday night in Tiger Gymnasium.

The Lady Tigers recovered from their poor showing against Cameron and lit up Reicher, making half of their shots.

Freshma n Velma Mitchell pumped in 24 points that included all three of Rockdale’s treys.

Senior Victoria Drake turned in eight points, five assists and three steals, while Shelby Evans and Jill Young corraled eight boards apiece.

With a four-point lead heading into the second quarter, the Lady Tigers poured it on and led 30-20 at intermission.

Cameron

The L ady T iger s su f fere d through a difficult shooting night in falling for the first time this year to Cameron 33-27 on the road last Tuesday.

Despite Mitchell’s off night (3-for-20 from the field including 1-of-8 from behind the arc), she still topped Rockdale with 13 points while also grabbing nine rebounds and picking off four steals.

Evans took care of the inside play with 12 points on 6- of- 7 accuracy with five boards.

NOTES—Part of the reason for the Lady Tigers early success is due to the fact that they have simply put more points on the board and are averging 46 points a game, compared to 30.6 a year ago.

TIGER CLASSIC

Thursday 9 a.m. (gym A)—Brenham vs. Hearne 10:30 a.m. (gym A)—Caldwell vs. Gateway 11:30 a.m. (gym B)—Cameron vs. Thrall Noon (gym A)—Rockdale vs. Somerville 1 p.m. (gym B)—Losers of games 1&2 3 p.m. (gym A)—Austin Crockett vs. Dripping Springs 4 p.m. (gym B)—Winners of games 1&2 4:30 p.m. (gym A)—Robinson vs. Cedar Creek 5:30 p.m. (gym B)—Losers of games 5&6 7:30 p.m. (gym A)—Winners of games 5&6

Friday 9:30 a.m. (gym A)—Losers of games 3&8. 11 a.m. (gym A)—Losers of games 4&7. 12:30 p.m. (gym A)—Losers of games 9&10 2 p.m. (gym A)—Winners of games 3&7. 3:30 p.m. (gym B)—Losers of games 2&5. 5 p.m. (gym B)—Winners of games 7&10 6:30 p.m. (gym A)—Winners of games 4&8.

Saturday 9 a.m. (gym B)—7th place 9 a.m. (gym A)—5th place Noon (gym A)—3rd place 3 p.m. (gym A)—Championship

2011 LADY TIGER CLASSIC

Thursday 10 a.m. (gym B)—Thorndale vs. Hearne 1:30 p.m. (gym A)—Robinson vs. Thrall 2:30 p.m. (gym B)—Snook vs. Cameron 6 p.m. (gym A)—Rockdale vs. Taylor

Friday 12:30 p.m.. (gym B)—Losers of games 1&2 2 p.m.. (gym B)—Losers of games 3&4 3:30 p.m. (gym A)—Winners of games 3&4 5 p.m. (gym A)—Winners of game 1&2

Saturday 10:30 a.m. (gym B)—7th place, Losers of games 8&9 10:30 a.m. (gym A)— 3rd place, losers of games 5&6 Noon (gym B)—Consolation, Winners of games 8&9 1:30 p.m.—Championship, Winners of games 5&6


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