Tigerettes register three SIAC wins
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tigerettes continued their hot streak last week with three double-figure SIAC victories, including a pair of wins on the road.
The Tigerettes started the week in Frankfort, Ky., where they beat Kentucky State 54-44 Monday; they followed that victory with a 74-60 win against Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., and they ended the week by beating Benedict College 67-51 at the James Center.
The victories extended the Tigerettes’ winning streak to five consecutive games. Four of their wins during the streak have been by double figures. The Tigerettes (12-4 overall, 9-3 SIAC) are in third place in the conference. They trail first place Stillman (12-4, 10-2 SIAC) and Benedict (11-4, 10-3 SIAC).
“We finally look like the team that we were before Christmas,’’ Coach Belinda Roby said, alluding to the Tigerettes’ 6-1 record in November and December. “We made some changes. We shortened the rotation. It has worked out well. But we still haven’t reached our peak. We have a couple of kids who can give us more scoring. The best is yet to come.’’
The Tigerettes had three consecutive losses before setting out on their five-game winning streak. But Roby said she never thought the team wouldn’t turn the season around.
“I wasn’t overly concerned,’’ she said. “ It’s like a puzzle. You have to put the pieces together. As a coach, you have to come up with the solutions.
In addition to shortening the rotation to seven or eight players, Roby adjusted the Tigerettes’ practice regimen and has them working on more full court situations.
“We’re doing some things that we did in the past that have helped,’’ she said.
The Tigerettes’ held Kentucky State (7-10, 6-8 SIAC) to 22% (10-for-44) shooting from the field and forced 38 turnovers. They converted the miscues into 31 points.
The Tigerettes were ahead by 16 points, 28-12, at the end of the first half after allowing Kentucky State to make just three of their 19 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Roby used her bench liberally with 11 Tigerettes seeing action and 10 playing at least 14 minutes. Jennifer Anoka and Alondra Rivers led the Tigerettes with 10 points apiece.
The Tigerettes spotted winless Lane (0-14, 0-13 SIAC) an early five-point lead before taking control of the game. The Tigerettes built a 22-12 lead when Alannah Vincent scored on a jumper with 12:10 remaining for their largest lead of the first half.
The Tigerettes took a 34-29 lead into the final 20 minutes. They outscored the Lady Dragons 18-8 in the first six minutes of the second half and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest. Their largest lead of the second half was 22 points. All 15 players on the Tigerettes’ roster got into the game. Anoka was the leading scorer for the Tigeretttes with 15 points. Amelia Dorton and Torreece Maxey scored 10 points each.
The Tigerettes had another stellar defensive performance when they returned home and faced Benedict. They held the Lady Tigers to 29% (18-for-61) shooting from the field. They also forced 26 turnovers, which they converted into 16 points.
The Tigerettes built a 10-point lead midway through the first half and were still ahead by double figures, 32-21, at the intermission. Benedict got no closer than seven points of the lead in the final 20 minutes. The Tigerettes held Benedict without a field goal over the final four minutes. After the Lady Tigers cut the lead to 57-50, they only scored one more point. That came when Alexus Jones made one of two free throws with 2:40 left in the game