Lady Tigers hang tough in quest for playoff berth

Evans returns to team after ninegame absence to help take second straight

Lexi Robertson worked inside for nine points in the Lady Tigers’ victory Tuesday at home. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Lexi Robertson worked inside for nine points in the Lady Tigers’ victory Tuesday at home. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Good things happen to those who win.

While the Rockdale Lady Tigers have been taking care of business on the court with two straight wins—the latest over Caldwell Tuesday night—they received some great news in their quest for a playoff berth.

Shelby Evans has decided to rejoin the team.

The 6-foot center left the team nine games ago as the team’s leading scorer, rebounder and defensive presence.

“She has some things she needs to do, but she will be back in uniform,” said Rockdale Coach Liz Galloway-McQuitter. “ Young people of ten make decisions that they is not for me to stand in judgment, rather help them through their ups and downs.

“Shelby left the team on good terms and she returns on good terms... it is a team decision.”

Evans did not suit up against College Station Friday but played against Caldwell Tuesday night and scored eight points in just nine minutes of playing time off the bench.

The Lady Tigers, now 9-13 overall and more importantly 3-1 in District 18-3A play, have recorded two straight wins, the latest, 56-36 over Caldwell at Tiger Gymnasium.

Rockdale handled College Station Friday 45-27.

Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers leapt out to a large lead and never looked back.

Freshman sparkplug De’Jhoria Robertson paced Rockdale again with 17 points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks off the bench.

Velma Mitchell added 12 points and picked off four steals.

Behind Mitchell’s six points, Rockdale led 14-7 after the first quarter and 31-20 at intermission.

College Station

A stingy defensive stint in the first half allowed Rockdale to cruise to a 45-27 victory over College Station on the road Friday night.

The Lady Tigers did not allow the Lady Cougars to score in the last 10 minutes, 5 seconds of the first half which continued until 5:19 of the third quarter after a free throw with Rockdale already leading 31-5.

The Lady Cougars (2-9, 0-3) then went on a streak of their own at the close of the third quarter as a 15-1 bulge sliced the Rockdale lead to 32-21, but could get no closer.

Mitchell—who led all scorers with 16 points—sealed the victory, hitting four free throws with 15 seconds left on a personal foul and a technical.

Working her way back to full strength after foot surgery, Mitchell played a team-high 29 minuteds and picked off six steals for baskets.

Lexi Robertson chipped in seven points and six rebounds, while Emily Norris added seven points and three boards and Taylor Pickett six points, five rebounds and two steals.

“It was a great bounce back win,” McQuitter said. “We played great defense in the first half. When College Station came back, it was because we let the officials get involved by not playing as well defensively and put ourselves in position for the fouls to be called. The girls settled down and held them off to get the win.”

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