Lady Tigers rebound from first loss, swat Bumblebees

Rockdale off to best start in years

Dae Dae Robertson paced Rockdale with 17 points and 12 boards. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Dae Dae Robertson paced Rockdale with 17 points and 12 boards. Reporter/Cliff Dungan A young and talented roster has jump started the Rockdale Lady Tigers as the basketball season gets rolling in earnest.

The Lady Tigers improved to 6-1 Tuesday night with a 45-40 victory over Academy on the road.

After opening the season 5-0, Rockdale slipped for the first time this season, 56-38 to Class 5A Waco High.

“We a re h appy w ith t he f ast start,” said Liz Galloway-Mc- Quitter, in her seventh year as head coach. “Every player on the roster has played in at least half of those games.

“The starting line up has changed in almost every game as I am trying to get the right combination for what we are trying to do, which is become a pressing team.”

The Lady Tigers have been w ithout 6 - foot- 2 center A lix Hoffman in the rotation, who suffered an achilles tendon injury.

“Alix was playing extremely well, “ McQuit ter said. “ We hope to have her back within the week. Her presence on the inside is very important.”

Against Academy, sophomore Dae Dae Robertson led the way with a double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Velma Mitchell followed with 12 points, eight assists and six steals.

“We had to fight against a fired up Academy team,” McQuitter said, “ but I am proud of the way the team responded. It wasn’t a great game on our part, but we did what we had to do to win.

“ The officials called it very tight - Velma, Dae Dae, and Jasia all got into early foul trouble with Jasia Rubin fouling out. We had wanted to press earlier and the foul situation changed that.

The Lady Tigers were forced to press and were able to fight back from two points down to four ahead, including two huge free throws from Robertson to pull it out.

In the loss to Waco, Mitchell struck for 20 points, with Rober tson adding 10 points and taking seven boards.

“We knew Waco would be a test for us, and we have a couple more of those ‘tests’ coming up in the month of December. All in all we are where we anticipated being.

“It is important for us to win the games we are supposed to win, and when we have our full roster, go af ter those games with stronger opponents. Every player has a role to play and when they do that, we are a better team.”

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