By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
December 10, 2013
HAMILTON - The Troup Lady Tigers opened the season with an impressive home win over Harris County, but they were unable to duplicate that performance on the road Tuesday night.
The Lady Tigers (1-2) only trailed by one after the first period, but the rest of the game belonged to Harris County, which captured a 63-45 victory.
“We never quit. I was proud of the fight,” Troup head coach Carla Thornton said. “We had a few mental lapses, but I was proud of them.”
One of Troup’s key players didn’t play in the first half for a disciplinary reason, and Thornton said she hoped that helped the team see the big picture.
“We had a couple of issues we had to work out before the game,” Thornton said. “This game was more about teaching, on the court and off the court. I think that will help us more in the long run.”
D’Aushanique Sanders paced Troup with 13 points, all in the second half.
Akhya Mitchell added 10 points, and Kwyneisha Spence scored nine points.
With Shawnkeya Sands scoring seven points in the opening quarter, Troup hung tough and trailed 17-16 after the first eight minutes.
In the second quarter, though, the Lady Tigers were held to six points, and they trailed 30-22 at the break.
Hoping to eat into the deficit in the third period, Troup instead watched as Harris County extended the lead to 50-32 heading into the final quarter.
Harris County maintained a comfortable lead in the fourth period on the way to the 18-point win.
Since the season-opening win over Harris County, Troup has now dropped back-to-back games, both on the road.
Troup will try to even its record at 2-2 when it hosts Bowdon on Friday.
“Right now we’re still trying to figure out what to do when we face adversity,” Thornton said. “We’ve struggled twice on the road now. So, hopefully we can figure out a way to get over the hump.”