By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
January 10, 2014
The Troup Lady Tigers took the fight to Carrollton Friday night, but they were unable to pull of the home win.
Carrollton (11-2) is ranked in the top 10 in the state, but it had its hands full for much of the game with Troup (1-8).
The Lady Tigers got as close as seven points early in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Trojans were able to pull away for the 50-33 win.
“The effort was there. I’m proud of them,” Troup coach Carla Thornton said. “That’s the number two team in the region right now, and ranked in the state. Now we see we can play with teams like that. I think we’re headed in the right direction. The score, it won’t tell you how close the game actually was.”
Carrollton led 7-4 following a low-scoring first period, and it was on top 16-11 at the half.
Both teams heated up offensively in the third period, and Carrollton took a 34-23 lead into the final quarter.
With 6:50 left in the game, Troup’s D’Aushanique Sanders made a 3-pointer to cut Carrollton’s lead to 34-27.
Carrollton outscored Troup 16-6 the rest of the way, though, to secure the victory.
“We had a few mistakes defensively. We left some people wide open,” Thornton said. “We messed up on our rotation. We missed our assignments. And that hurt us.”
Sanders paced Troup with 16 points, and freshman Kwyneshia Spence added 10 points.
The task doesn’t get any easier today for Troup, with a strong Columbus team coming to town.
Columbus has only lost one game this season, and like Carrollton is ranked in the top 10.
“That’s a well-seasoned team,” Thornton said. “They’re a well-coached team. Our players will get to see where they want to be.”