Lady Tigers stomp Georgiana

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015

1216-spt-ShiverThe Straughn Lady Tigers continue to show improvement and came away with a 49-27 win over the Georgiana Lady Panthers Tuesday night in Straughn.

Dee Gantt picked up right where she left off on Monday night, and quickly put the Lady Tigers on top with a layup off an assist from Sarah Kate Shiver.

Shiver then got consecutive baskets to put Straughn up 6-0 early in the opening period.

On Shiver’s second basket, she got the ball in the middle of the lane, faked a pass right and went left for an easy bucket.

The Lady Tigers continued the strong opening period when Gantt came up with a steal that she turned into a layup for an 8-0 Straughn lead.

Straughn’s defensive pressure caused all kinds of problems for the Georgiana offense, who had a difficult time moving the ball across half court without a Lady Tiger coming away with steal.

That defense pressure caused another turnover when Brently Armstrong came up with a steal and went coast-to-coast to give the Lady Tigers a 10-2 lead.

Shiver then came up with her third bucket of the opening period off another assist by Armstrong.

Georgiana got another bucket towards the end of the first, but the Lady Tigers responded with a 3-pointer from Alyssa Dean to give Straughn a 15-4 lead heading into the second period.

Gantt got the Lady Tigers rolling once again in the second period with five straight for a 20-6 lead.

After Georgiana got a layup, Armstrong hustled down the court and buried a 3-pointer to give Straughn 23-8.

Lexi Hooks got the Lady Tigers final points of the first half with a perfect trip to the free-throw line to give Straughn a 25-15 heading into halftime.

The Lady Tigers went on an absolute tear to start the third period on both ends of the court.

Straughn’s offense rolled with Gantt, Shiver, Armstong, Dean and Sydney Kinsaul all scoring in the third.

On the defensive side, the tenacious Lady Tigers kept Georgiana off the scoreboard for the entire period to take a 39-15 advantage into the final frame.

In the final period, the Lady Tigers kept the pressure on and came away with a 49-27 victory.

The Lady Tigers got points from Gantt, Shiver, Hooks and Kylie Wilson in the fourth period.

“We are really playing better right now,” Lady Tigers’ coach Scott Kinsaul said. “Tonight, I was really pleased with our second group. They haven’t had a lot of playing time so far, and they really came out and did a good job.”

Kinsaul said the Lady Tigers’ defensive pressure was exactly what he was looking for tonight.

“We wanted to deny them the ball and make points off turnovers,” Kinsaul said. “I was very pleased with the way we executed that. We are getting better each game. We are starting know our roles, and they know understand the concept of what we are trying to do on offense and defense.”