By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
December 17, 2013
They hung in there early, but in the end the Troup Lady Tigers were unable to keep pace with Alexander Tuesday night.
Alexander claimed a 61-39 victory in the Region 5-AAAA opener for both teams.
After the first quarter, the Lady Tigers were right there, trailing 16-13.
By the half, Alexander’s lead was 31-22, a still manageable deficit for Troup.
In the third period, though, Alexander outscored Troup 15-6 to take a 46-28 lead, and it continued to pull away in the final quarter.
“When your shot isn’t falling, your confidence gets low,” Troup head coach Carla Thornton said. “It was kind of hard to climb back out of that hole.”
Thornton felt it was another learning experience for a young team.
“At one time, we had three freshmen, and two sophomores on the court,” Thornton said. “And only one of the sophomores played for us last year. There’s still a lot of new faces trying to learn what we do. If they just keep working hard, it’ll pay off. Right now, we just have to much to learn.”
D’Aushanique Sanders led Troup with 10 points, and Kwyneisha Spence added nine points.
In Tuesday’s boys’ game, the Tigers saw their three-game winning streak come to a close with a 70-37 loss to Alexander.
Alexander charged to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter, but Troup fought back in the second period to make a game of it.
After Dexter Shealey made a pair of free throws, Alexander’s lead was down to 19-16 with 1:28 left in the half.
The Cougars scored the final four points of the quarter to claim a 23-16 lead at the half.
Alexander raced to a 43-26 lead through three periods, and it put the game away in the fourth quarter.
Troup will host Callaway on Friday.