GHS Lady Tigers fall to Eufaula, await tourney

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 26, 2005

While their male counterparts were enjoying success with a weekend sweep, the Greenville High School Lady Tigers were caught with their hands full.

The Lady Tigers took the floor against Carroll (Ozark) and posted a 48-34 victory, but their celebration was short lived as they fell to Eufaula 75-44.

"I thought we had a good week of practice," said Ronald Bogan, coach of the Greenville Lady Tigers.

"We put it in some new offensive sets since they run a lot of man-to-man defense and I thought we had a really good week of practice. But when we got down to Eufaula, they brought the press, which they do a lot. They put a lot of pressure on the ball But we broke the press we just couldn't score. We couldn't make any baskets. After about a quarter of breaking the press, we decided we wanted to go away from what we had worked on all week of practice and do it ourselves. So we started to throw the ball away and then turnovers, turnovers, turnovers."

Against the home standing Lady Tigers, Greenville turned the ball over 28 times. Defensively Greenville was only able to force six turnovers throughout the game. Eufaula forced nearly twice that many in the first half of play.

Eufaula started the game with a commanding first quarter lead and carried that lead into the locker room for intermission, 51-16.

GHS came out and the game was actually a lot closer in the second half, Greenville beat Eufaula in the second half 27-24.

"Our biggest problem was that we went away from what we had worked on all week," said Bogan. "That was really disappointing to me, to sit here and work on stuff all week and then we don't apply it. We came out and played a decent second half. I don't know if it was because they went away from what they are known to do or what, but we were competitive the second half. It depends on what team shows up.

But, they were hurt by the huge margin in the first half. Eufaula picked up the victory 75-44.

The home standing Lady Tigers dominated their opponents in rebounds, 32-18, steals, 25-6, and points in the paint 46-16.

The loss secured the Lady Tigers as the No. 2 team in the area and set them up with a meeting against the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans in the first round of the area tournament that will also be played at Eufaula.

The Lady Tigers and Lady Trojans have split with the home team claiming the victory in the two squads meetings during the second week of January.

According to the way the Alabama High School Athletic Association has there area tournaments set up, the Lady Tigers don't have to win the tournament to advance to the sub-regional tournament. They just have to win one game and then they will travel to a different location to compete for the right to go to Troy for the regional tournament.

In both varsity and girls' basketball, Greenville is cross-regioned with Area 4 - Benjamin Russell, Russell County, Booker Washington and Valley.

Prior to the Eufaula game, the Lady Tigers were able to knock Carroll(Ozark) out of contention by posting a 48-34 victory over the Lady Eagles.

Jessica Powell finished the night with 12 points and Katoria McDonald had 13 in the victory.

Although the area part of Greenville's schedule has been concluded, the Lady Tigers still have games to play. This weekend, they will play host to Jefferson Davis on Friday and then to T.R. Miller on Saturday.

"We've got two big tests, JD and TR Miller," said Bogan. "I think we want some revenge on JD, they beat us by 50 early in the season but our girls don't want to do what they've learned in practice. Until we come together as a group and start doing what we need to do as a team, then we will not be successful."