By Melissa McCaghren
The Tigerettes team knew they would face a challenge against the defending State champion Shallowater Fillies and State ranked Idalou Lady Cats.
In the end, the girls team dropped both games, a 27-45 loss to Shallowater and a 21-79 defeat to Idalou, but Head Coach Tiffany Potts could not be more proud of the team’s efforts.
“District 2-3A is one of the toughest Districts in the State with the defending State Champion Shallowater and a top 10 ranked team in Idalou,” she said. “Both teams are athletic, have kids that play basketball year round and are extremely well coached. It is always going to be a tough 32 minutes of basketball.
“I thought our kids showed growth and accepted the challenge head on.”
The team started their second round of District with the Idalou game, and currently the Tigerettes are tied with Abernathy for fourth place, the last spot available for playoffs.
Potts said she’s excited the team has a chance to have playoffs, but it’s going to take work. “(We) will need at least three wins in the second round to accomplish this goal,” she said.
“Our kids have learned to rely on their defense to keep them in games and have done a fantastic job in District executing the game plan the coaches are giving them. We still have to do a better job taking care of the basketball and controlling the tempo of the game offensively.”
Their game against the Lady Lopes, and a chance for playoffs, is Friday (Jan. 22). Scores will be reported in next week’s edition.
The Tigerettes won the first District match, which may factor in the final playoff spot, but Potts knows the Lady Lopes will not be easy to defeat a second time.
“Abernathy is always a great place to play. Their fans show up and their student body gets into the game,” she said. “Our kids had a great game against them at home in December and we want to go to Abernathy and get the road win and sweep them in District play. It will be an exciting game that will come down to which team stays out of foul trouble.”