Lady Tigers put the pressure on Austin Lanier by 72-18

Blue cagers force 40 turnovers on the evening


Taylor Pickett hustles for a loose ball in Rockdale blow out of Austin Lanier Friday night for the Lady Tigers ninth win of the year. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Taylor Pickett hustles for a loose ball in Rockdale blow out of Austin Lanier Friday night for the Lady Tigers ninth win of the year. Reporter/Bill Martin A good basketball teams uses games to work on a particular weakness.

It’s a pretty good bet that after Friday night’s contest with Austin Lanier, Rockdale’s pickpocket and layup skills are pretty sharp.

Forcing 40 turnovers and conversely putting on a layup clinic, the Lady Tigers lapped Lanier 72-18 at Tiger Gymnasium.

The Lady Tigers, who won 13 games last season, improved to 9-2 on the season.

Lanier, which has not won a game since February of 2012 and was 0-15 last season, fall to 0-4.

Rockdale was able to take advantage of the 40 Lanier turnovers, including 13 in the first quarter, when Rockdale sped out to a 24-2 lead.

The Lady Vikings went over nine minutes between baskets in the first and second quarter and trailed 30-4 when it came.

The Lady Tigers led 36-8 at the break and 52-14 heading into the final period.

The Lady Tigers got off 30 more shots than Lanier and were 25-for-48 in the half.

Sophomore Dae Dae Robertson layed in 18 points and took six rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers, while junior point guard Velma Mitchell manufactured 13 points, six rebounds and six steals.

All 10 Lady Tigers on the roster scored in the contest and Rockdale turned the ball over only seven times.

After a holiday break, the Lady Tigers will jump back into action at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce Classic on Thursday, taking on Marlin, Thursday at 8:30 a.m.


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