Boxed out

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

The Greenville Lady Tigers are struggling right now. They are in the midst of a three game slide. The squad's last victory was two weeks ago when they knocked off Carroll(Ozark). Since then they have been beaten by no less than 30 points. Most recently, the Lady Tigers dropped their final home games of the season to Jefferson Davis on Friday and then T.R. Miller on Saturday.

"Both teams were going to be aggressive as far as man-to-man is concerned and they were that," said Ronald Bogan, coach of the Greenville Lady Tigers. "Our biggest problem right now is that we have people that won't step up to the competition level, they kind of shy away but when you aren't playing anyone, they want to shine. You get better by playing people at your competition level or above and we've got people that just won't step up to the competition."

Against JD, the Tigers fell behind early 21-7 in the first quarter and then 43-11 at the half.

Kendra Mitchell, the Lady Tigers' top scorer finished the night with three points. Katoria McDonald finished with eight.

When the third period began, the game was already out of reach. The Lady Tigers found themselves down 68-19 at the end of the third period and then when the final horn sounded, they were the victims of a 77-24 thumping.

"Kendra had a terrible night against JD, just found out she'd lost a relative and I think she was pressing," said Bogan. "As a team we had a an awful night, we just couldn't get it together. As a team we had 12 rebounds. We weren't containing their big girl (Barnes), I mean she had 14 points, but it looked like 20 because every time she touched the ball she was scoring. We let their big people get too comfortable in their position. If you let someone get in the post and get comfortable then they are going to kill you. The person I thought would do a good job matching up with her played her two times down the floor and decided "hey, let's let someone else try her," she's the biggest person on our team and won't match-up."

That's the third time this season that they Lady Tigers have been beaten by 50 points. Ashley Barnes posted 14 points under the basket for the Lady Vols, but Bethany Thomas was the green and gold's leading scorer with 20 points.

Saturday's game wasn't much better for the Lady Tigers they were clawed, 64-31 on senior night. The Greenvillle Lady Tigers said goodbye to three of their seniors Saturday night also. Jessica Powell, LaSha Durant and Morgan Crenshaw ended their careers as Lady Tigers.

Brewton's version of the Lady Tigers proved to be too much for the home standing group. T.R. Miller's squad jumped out to an early 22-10 lead and then pushed it to 41-15 at the intermission.

The Tigers had fallen victim to a 64-31 defeat.

The pair of losses pushed them to 13-10 on the season.

The Lady Tigers did manage to finish second in their area and that secures them a spot in the area tournament that will be held in Greenville on Jan. 10 and 12.

Greenville will pair up with Charles Henderson on a neutral court with the chance to advance to the sub-regional tournament on the line.

Before that though, the Lady Tigers still have two dates remaining on their calendar.

"We are going to use this week as preparation for the area tournament," said Bogan. "We are pretty much trying to prepare for Troy. We are going to put some things in play to stop what Troy likes to do. We need a win bad regardless of who we are playing. If not for anything, as much as a morale booster. We need to finish the regular season off with a win."

Thursday, they will travel to Brantley to take on the green-clad Lady Bulldogs and then will travel to Hayneville to face Central-Hayneville on Friday.