Life isn’t easy in Region 5-AAAA even for veteran teams.
For a team like Troup, which is made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores, navigating the landscape in the region can be especially difficult.
The Lady Tigers are finding that out this season.
With Tuesday’s 71-21 loss to Fayette County, the Lady Tigers (1-10 overall) have fallen to 0-4 in region play.
Troup head coach Carla Thornton said her message to her players is to “remember, you’re playing against experienced girls, veterans. They’re probably going to school you a couple of times. But you need to learn something when you’re playing against them.”
Thornton understands there will be struggles with such an inexperienced team, but that doesn’t mean she was satisfied with Tuesday’s performance.
“Today, the effort wasn’t there,” Thornton said. “I don’t know if we were looking forward to Friday’s game (against LaGrange).”
Troup was hanging in there early, but by the close of the first quarter Fayette County was ahead 27-11.
By the half, Fayette County was ahead 45-24, and it extended the lead to 57-15 through three quarters.
“We panicked a lot tonight,” Thornton said.
One of the team’s freshmen, Kwyneshia Spence, led Troup with eight points.
The Lady Tigers will try to break through for their first region win when they visit LaGrange Friday night, and they’ll finish the first half of their region schedule on Tuesday against Shaw.
Thornton is hopeful the light bulb will come on for her team sooner than later.
“I know there’s a difference between middle school and this level, especially this region that we’re in,” Thornton said. “But you can only use that excuse (of youth) for so long. You’ve been practicing. It’s time to grow up now.”