It wasn’t the season the Troup Lady Tigers were hoping for, but head coach Carla Thornton believes the future is bright.
The Lady Tigers put the wraps on their season with a 73-43 loss to Alexander on Monday in the opening round of the Region 5-AAAA tournament.
The Lady Tigers won just two games, but nearly every player will return, including a handful of freshman who were thrown into the fire this season.
“We talked about after the game, and I know the girls had this conversation among themselves, how we need to get ready to put in more work and get ready,” Thornton said. “We have at least six girls coming up (from middle school). We’re ready. We feel like we built somewhat of a foundation this year. I think we’re headed in the right direction. I’m excited. The girls are excited.”
The Lady Tigers beat Sandy Creek on Saturday for their first and only region win of the season, and they’d hoped that momentum would carry over to Monday.
Instead, Alexander dominated the game to advance to the second round.
“I thought we had a chance. It just wasn’t meant to be,” Thornton said.
One of the players who’ll return next season, D’Aushanique Sanders, led Troup with 19 points.
Monday also marked the end of the road for the LaGrange Lady Grangers, who lost to Shaw 36-30 in their Region 5-AAAA tournament opener.
LaGrange, which was rebuilding after losing six seniors from last year’s team that finished second in the region tournament, closed with a 6-19 record.