Coach looks for leaders
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
Carla Thornton is looking for leadership, and she doesn’t care where it comes from.
Thornton is the head coach of the Troup High girls’ basketball team, and she has watched the Lady Tigers drop five straight games since a season-opening victory over Harris County.
“We’re still looking for that leader,” Thornton said. “We don’t have a leader. Hopefully we can find that.”
Thornton is hopeful she has found that person in one of the team’s least-experienced players.
Kwyneshia Spence, a freshman, has enjoyed a strong season from her guard position.
“She’s starting to become a leader,” Thornton said. “Hopefully everybody can jump on her bandwagon, and she can lead us.”
Spence led Troup with 11 points in Friday’s game against Callaway, and she has been among the team leaders in points in every game this season, and she has done a nice job of directing the offense.
“I think she was worried people wouldn’t listen to her,” Thornton said. “I told her, as far as I’m concerned it’s her team.”
Troup will participate in a holiday tournament in Meriwether County this weekend.
Troup’s tournament opener will be on Friday at 4 p.m. at Greenville High, against Greenville.
If the Lady Tigers win that game, they would play again at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and they’ll play at 1 p.m. on Saturday if they lose to Greenville.
The championship game, and the third-place game, will be Monday.
“Hopefully we can go over there and find something,” Thornton said. “That’d be big for our confidence.”
Troup opened the season with a 67-51 victory over Harris County, but it hasn’t won since.
Last week, Troup opened Region 5-AAAA play with a 61-39 loss to Alexander, and it fell to Callaway 72-37 on Friday.
Against Callaway, Troup was within 10 points at the half, but things came derailed in the third period.
“We struggled in the third quarter,” Thornton said. “That’s what we’re trying to do is put together a complete game. Coming out of halftime, I don’t know what it is. We try to motivate them at halftime, but sometimes it seems like that’s when we falter. I have to figure out something, because ultimately it falls back on me. We’ll figure out something.”
Thornton believes the talent is there for Troup to do some nice things this season if things start to fall together.
“We expected the inconsistency with the young team,” Thornton said. “We’re a good team, we just aren’t playing like it. That’s the hard part, when you know you’re good, and you’re just not coming together.”
After this weekend’s tournament, Troup will be off until Jan. 7 when it hosts Sandy Creek in a region game.
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