Tigerettes split a pair of SIAC basketball games


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Tigerettes, third in the conference with a 4-1 record, began 2012 with a 64-58 victory against Miles Monday in Birmingham for their seventh straight win before losing at LeMoyne-Owen 71-66 Thursday. The split leaves the Tigerettes with a 7-2 overall record.

“Usually after Christmas we like to play in a tournament or play a couple of nonconference games,’’ Coach Belinda Roby said.“This year the first games were conference games. It was a little rough. We started out a little slow against Miles and picked it up in the second half. As a team, we didn’t play well against LeMoyne-Owen, not to take anything away from them because they are a fine team.

Clutch foul shooting down the stretch made the difference in the victory against Miles.   The Tigerettes, who entered the game shooting 57.5% from the free throw line for the season, converted seven of 10 foul shots in the final three minutes to hold off Miles.

Amelia Dorton, who had 15 points, was 6-for-8 from the foul line down the stretch. Dorton made a pair of free throws with 2:56 to tie the score at 55-all. Jennifer Anoka followed Dorton to the free throw line 30 seconds later and split a pair of foul shots to give the Tigerettes the lead for good.

Alondra Rivers, who led the Tigerettes with 17 points, extended the lead to 60-55 with a pair of layups. Dorton returned to the free throw line three more times and drained four of six attempts to keep Miles (5-5, 3-3 SIAC) at bay.

Overall, the second half was a good half, period,’’ Roby said. “The intensity picked up; the defense picked up and we made free throws. It was a good team effort. We didn’t get that same effort against LeMoyne-Owen.’’

The Tigerettes had the better of play in the first half against LeMoyne-Owen (4-5, 3-4 SIAC). They led by as many as seven in the opening 20 minutes and never trailed by more than four. The score was tied seven times before the Tigerettes settled for a two-point halftime advantage, 34-32.

LeMoyne-Owen took command of the game after the first eight minutes of the second half. The score was tied 48-all with 12:44 remaining. However, LeMoyne-Owen went on a 13-2 run, and the Tigerettes never recovered.

“I thought we had played enough road games to know that you got to bring your a-plus game,’’ Roby said.“There’s no excuse. They just didn’t show up to play. They took a night off. It was just an unacceptable game.’’

Torreece Maxey led four Tigerettes double figures scorers with 16 points. Maxey also had eight rebounds. Jennifer Anoka had 11 points, and Dorton and Alondra Rivers had 10 apiece

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