Lady Dragons and Thorobrettes surprise Tigerettes
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The road was unkind to the Tigerettes as they dropped back-to-back SIAC contests against Lane College and Kentucky State last week, ending their five-game winning streak.
They lost to Lane 68-59 in Jackson, Tenn., on Feb. 17 before dropping a 66-56 game to Kentucky State in Frankfort, Ky., on Feb. 19.
The losses leave the Tigerettes with a 14-9 overall record and a 12-7 SIAC mark. The Tigerettes are fifth in the conference standings with three games remaining and could finish as high as third place. The top four teams earn first-round byes in the conference tournament. They host Paine College Tuesday before playing at first place Fort Valley State Thursday and closing out the regular season at home against Stillman Saturday.
Poor shooting in both of their losses victimized the Tigerettes. They shot 34% (11-for-32) from the field in the first half against Lane and dug themselves into a 20-point hole. Two days later, they shot 30% (17-for-57) in their lost to Kentucky State.
The Tigerettes, who defeated Lane 87-49 at the James Center last month never led this time around and the score was never tied. Lane grabbed a double-figure lead in the first eight minutes and never looked back. The Lady Dragons led 49-29 at the half.
Lane maintained a double figure lead through the first 11 minutes of the second half. The Tigerettes cut their deficit to five points, 58-53, with 6:43 left in the game when Amelia Dorton made a pair of free throws. The Tigerettes had an opportunity to cut further into Lane’s lead when they got a stop on the Lady Dragons’ ensuing possession. However, they turned the ball over without getting a shot, and Lane regained a double-digit lead.
Martin led the Tigerettes with 16 points and was their only double figures scorer.
The Tigerettes were able to stay close to Kentucky State in first half, despite their poor shooting. Eryn Gray’s three-pointer with 5:07 remaining gave them a 21-18 lead. However, they were scoreless for the remainder of the period and they trailed 35-21 going into the second half.
Things didn’t improve for the Tigerettes in the final 20 minutes as their deficit grew to 20 points. They cut the lead to six points, 60-54, with 1:38 remaining.
Martin led the Tigerettes with 17 points. Toreece Maxey had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.