Lady Tigers move closer to post-season

Win at Caldwell Friday would clinch first playoff berth since 2005


Velma Mitchell pushes her way past College Station’s Raven Manley for two of her 13 points in the Lady Tigers’ important district victory Tuesday night over the Lady Cougars. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Velma Mitchell pushes her way past College Station’s Raven Manley for two of her 13 points in the Lady Tigers’ important district victory Tuesday night over the Lady Cougars. Reporter/Bill Martin The Rockdale Lady Tigers are not particularly adept at shooting free throws or closing out games.

Tuesday night, they showed a new found penchant for both as they ran past College Station 44-28 at Tiger Gym to move one step closer to its first playoff appearance since 2005.

The Lady Tigers improved to 11-15 overall and 5-3 in District 18-3A, firmly implanted in third place and the final post season spot.

A Rockdale victory at Caldwell (2-13, 1-7) Friday would be the clincher.

Producing one of their best periods of the season and certainly to close out a game, the Lady Tigers outscored College Station (7-20, 2-6) 21-8 and sank 12-of-16 from the frer throw line.

“It was huge,” said Rockdale Coach Liz McQuitter-Galloiway. “Our free throw shooting has not been very good so in practice we turned our attention to it and there was consequences for missing.”


Emly Norris plays keep-away from College Station’s Kiley Scott at the end of the game as the Lady Tigers try to kill the clock. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Emly Norris plays keep-away from College Station’s Kiley Scott at the end of the game as the Lady Tigers try to kill the clock. Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale converted 19-of-32 free throws on the evening and while hardly impressive, it is well over the Lady Tigers’ season norm of 48 percent.

Velma Mitchell was the lone Rockdale player in double figures with 13 points, while dishing off five assists and picking off three steals.

Freshman De’Jhoria Robertson had nine points and took eight rebounds.

The strong finish by the Lady Tigers was a necessity. Despite not posting a single point in the first quarter, College Station led 11-9 at halftime and Rockdale was unable to seize the lead until the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Tigers blistered the Lady Cougars 21-8 in the final period and built up their first double-digit lead after Mitchell and Emily Norris hit on four straight free throws to make the score 37-26 with 2:18 remaining to be played.

Rockdale did not allow College Station a basket in the final 6:10 of the game, outscoring the Lady Cougars 16-4 during that span.

The Lady Tigers went the fina 3:43 with a basket, but their 11-of-14 accuracy allowed them to pull away.

Navasota

The Lady Tigers fell way behind early and could not recover in a 65-30 loss to No. 8 Navasota Friday on the road.

The Lady Rattlers (32-2, 6-1) jumped out 18-6 after the first quarter and then 32-13 at intermission.

Navasota poured it on in the third quarter, outscoring Rockdale 24-10 for a 56-23 lead heading into the final period.

Mitchell led the way with 14 points along with five rebounds, three steals and two blocks.


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