Lady Tigers finish 2nd in Thanksgiving tournament

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dee Gantt goes up for a layup.

Dee Gantt goes up for a layup.

Straughn got a win to start the ninth annual Straughn Girls’ Thanksgiving Tournament on Monday night and then knocked off Houston Academy 47-33 in round two. In the championship game, the Lady Tigers fell to Loachapoka 63-30.

Straughn got the first points of the game when Dee Gantt dropped in 2 quick points for the Lady Tigers. The Lady Tigers then went up 4-2 when Baylee Wilson found Harley Adcock under the basket for a layup.

Sarah Kate Shiver then pushed the score up 6-2 with a strong basket under the goal.

Adcock then picked up a steal and went coast-to-coast to give the Lady Tigers an 8-2 advantage.

The Lady Tigers kept the hammer down when Brentley Armstrong dropped in a bucket off an assist from Adcock.

Six-straight points from Houston Academy narrowed the lead down to 10-8 as time winded down in the first period.

Gantt came down with an offensive rebound and then went back up for 2 points and a jumper from Sydney Kinsaul at the end of the first period gave the Lady Tigers a 14-12 lead.

Wilson got the second period started strong for Straughn with a 3-pointer to give the Lady Tigers a 17-12 lead.

On the next time down the court, Gantt connected with another layup and hit a free throw to put Straughn up 20-12. A layup from Armstrong followed for a 22-12 lead with five minutes left before halftime.

The scoring halted for a couple of minutes before Kinsaul hit from downtown with 2:40 left in the second period. Alyssa Dean then closed out the half with a 3-pointer to give the Lady Tigers a 29-16 lead going into halftime.

Gantt started the third period off with a pair steals and layups to put Straughn up 33-16.

A 3-pointer from Wilson, then put the Lady Tigers up 37-20. Three more points from Gantt on a jumper and a free throw gave Straughn a 43-24 lead with two minutes left in the third period.

Houston Academy got three points to close out the third period to bring the score 43-29 heading into the final frame.

Gantt got a free throw to start the scoring in the fourth period and Armstrong finished off the scoring for the Lady Tigers with a layup off and assist from Dean to put the Lady Tigers up 47-30.

Houston Academy managed one more bucket before time expired and the Lady Tigers reached the championship game with a 47-32 win.

In the championship game the Lady Tigers fought hard, but the Loachapoka Lady Indians were able to build on an early lead to take a 63-30 win.

“These early season tournaments are just for us to see where we are at and where we need to go,” Lady Tigers’ head coach Scott Kinsaul said. “We lost to a really good team and they exposed some of our weaknesses. I’m glad they exposed them, because know we know what we need to work on Monday when we get back.”

Despite the loss, Kinsaul said he did like what he saw from his team.

“I was very proud of the them all,” Kinsaul said. “Many of them haven’t been in this type of situation before, and now they have.

Dee Gantt, Brentley Armstrong and Harley Adcock made the All-tournament team for Straughn.