By Melissa McCaghren
The Christmas break brought joy to many, but the Tigerettes saw the Grinch come and play as they dropped two games last week.
The team lost 34-50 in a non-District game against the Littlefield Lady ‘Cats Dec. 29 and then 27-39 in District against the Roosevelt Lady Eagles Jan. 2.
Head Coach Tiffany Potts gave credit where it was due, they played.
“Littlefield and Roosevelt both did a good job defending the paint against us and we struggled to score outside,” she said.
“Defensively, we were able to keep the game in reach but never really had any continuity on offense.”
In the Littlefield game, lead scorer was Mary Jo Parker with 11 points. Also scoring were Payton Potts with nine points, Andrea Moreno with six points, Natali Soto and Justyne Zapata with three each and Emma Muniz with two points.
Potts was happy with the girl’s game play during this and the Roosevelt games. “Mary Jo Parker and Payton Potts did a good job against Littlefield being aggressive and attacking the defense,” she said.
“Justyne Zapata has really emerged as a top defensive player for us every night in recent games. She is such a workhorse and does all of the things that don’t show up on a stat sheet.”
In the Roosevelt game, Parker again lead the scoring with another 11 points. Also scoring were Moreno with five, Chloe Griffith with four, Zapata with three and Muniz and Soto with two each.
Potts said in spite of the loss, she was happy to have another practice game against Littlefield as District continues.
“Littlefield is a quality opponent who gave us opportunities to stay ready for a tough District schedule. It is always good to get the Christmas rust off before you get back to District, especially this year with UIL not allowing tournaments,” she said.
The girls continued action Tuesday evening (Jan. 5) against the Tulia Hornets.
Their next game will be against the Childress Bobcats Friday (Jan. 8) there.
Results of both games will be in next week’s edition.