Lady Tigers tip off second round of district with win
The lady Tigers used a steady scoring perormance to rip Taylor 55-12 Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium.
Rockdale improved to 10-14 overall and 4-2 in District 18-3A.
Taylor sags to 0-17 and 0-6.
If the Lady Tigers duplicate their 3-2 performance of the first round, they will clinch their first playoff spot since 2005.
Rockdale stampeded the Lady Ducks the first time they played, 66-46.
The Lady Tigers led 29-4 at intermission on Tuesday on the strength of 18 steals and ended with 50 points in the paint.
Freshman De’Jhoria Robertson continues to impress off the Rockdale bench with 12 points and six rebounds.
Velma Mitchell posted nine points, followed by Lexi Robertson and Shelby Evans with eight each.
Mitchell grabbed six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Eleven Lady Tigers scored in the game
A horrific first quarter found the Lady Tigers in a 31-8 hole en route to a 74-35 loss to No. 11 Madisonville on the road.
The Lady Mustangs, fresh off an upset of No. 1 ranked Navasota, improved to 22-5 and remained perfect in district at 5-0.
Mitchell led the way with 15 points, followed by De’Jhoria Robertson’s six points and five boards.
Center Shelby Evans posted four points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Rockdale got off just 36 shots and turned the ball over 20 times against the speedy Mustangs who have captured six straight.
“We certainly did not handle their pressure very well,” said Rockdale Coach Liz McQuitter. “While it was a disappointment how we played against Madisonville, we are still in control of our own destiny. We will put this one behind us and look forward to starting the second round of district.
“None of these girls have played against Madisonville in high school,” McQuitter said. “They have been out of our district for the past two seasons. I tried to prepare them for their style of play, but sometimes it just takes experiencing it first hand. I do think we will fare much better when we play them again.