Rivers and company put Tigerettes back on track
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tigerettes snapped their three-game losing streak with a pair of conference victories at the James Center Arena.
The Tigerettes celebrated the King Holiday with their highest point total in six games as they defeated LeMoyne-Owen 76-60 to begin the week, and they ended it by holding on to beat Clark Atlanta 65-64 Thursday night in a cliffhanger.
The victories improved the Tigerettes’ record to 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the SIAC.
The Tigerettes lost to LeMoyne-Owen 71-66 in Memphis on Jan. 5. This time around, however, they dominated the Lady Magicians from start to finish. They never trailed after the first minute of play. LeMoyne-Owen (5-7, 4-6) took a 3-2 lead on Shonice Sprouse’s three-pointer for its only lead in the game.
The Tigerettes led by double figures for most of the first half, and they led 39-27 going into the final 20 minutes. They built their advantage to as much as 20 points in the second half and were never challenged for the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Alondria Rivers led the Tigerettes with 13 points, and Eryn Gray had 12. Alannnah Vincent contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Torreece Maxey had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Rayven Sellers added 10 boards to help the Tigerettes to a 55-35 edge in the rebounding department. The Tigerettes had 27 offensive rebounds, which led to 31 second chance points.
Rivers and Vincent were also the heroines of the Tigerettes’ victory against Clark Atlanta. Rivers scored 16 points, with the final two coming on a fastbreak layup with 30 seconds left in the game that gave the Tigerettes the lead for good at 63-61. Vincent had her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigerettes and Clark Atlanta hooked up in a close contest in Atlanta on Nov. 22 that the Tigerettes won 72-65. The rematch was a repeat. The largest lead for either team was eight points by the Tigerettes, 58-50 with 8:20 left in the game. The Lady Panthers went on a 9-1 run over the next four minutes and tied the score at 59-all.
The Tigerettes regained the lead on a fastbreak bucket by Rivers, but Clark Atlanta knotted the score at 61-all. Rivers scored on another fastbreak, and Jennifer Anoka made a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left to put the game out of reach.
Clark Atlanta made it interesting at the end. Conisha Hicks was fouled as she missed a three-point shot. She made all three of the ensuing foul shots to cut the Tigerettes’ lead to 65-64.
The Tigerettes turned the ball over on their next possession, but the Lady Panthers gave it right back to them with a turnover with four seconds showing on the clock.