Lady Tigers lose Tuesday, win Friday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 17, 2001

The Lady Tigers traveled to Prattville last week and lost, 77-48, then came home to host Wilcox on Friday and win a closely fought battle, 41-37.

First against Prattville, a 6-A team, The Lady Tigers started with a deficit that just grew with each period.

"It was obvious, right from the start, that the Prattville girls came to win," said Coach Leslie Rowls.

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In the first, Greenville scored 11 points to Prattville's 16. They scored 11 again in the second, and this time Prattville scored 20 points, making the score at the half Prattville 36, Greenville 22.

After the halftime break, the Lady Tigers put 10 more points on the board, against the 18 that the Lady Lions chalked up.

In the fourth period, the Greenville girls scored 16, but the Prattville girls scored 26, making the final score Prattville 77, Greenville 48.

Freshman Tameka Savage led the scoring for Greenville, with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Tameka, a junior, scored seven points, with 13 rebounds and five blocks. Next it was Freshman Jessica Thomas with six points scored from two three-point field goals.

Hall went three for five on free throws, and Kalette Mixon was two for four.

On Friday night, the Lady Tigers hosted the Lady Jaguars from Wilcox Central High.

"It was clear that we were back in our groove, tonight," said Coach Rowls. "I am happy-I told the girls that it takes 13 players to win-and that is what it took."

Determined to persevere, the ladies of Greenville stayed in the running for four full periods.

In the first, they scored six, as did Wilcox. Again in the second they scored six, but in the one period that the Lady Jaguars outscored the Lady Tigers, Wilcox made eight points. This made the score at the half Greenville 12, Wilcox Central 14.

Determined to come alive, Greenville scored 17 to Wilcox's 13, making the three-period score Greenville 29, Wilcox 27.

After a spell of back-and-forth banter, with 58 seconds left in the game, the ladies of Greenville were ahead by two with a score of 37-35, senior SaRhonda Hawkins widened the gap by making two for two free throws, bumping up the score to 39-35.

Then, as if that weren't enough, the Jaguars fouled again, this time against sophomore Kalette Mixon six seconds later.

Mixon went one for two on her free throws, making the score 40-35. But that wasn't the last of it.

When the clock showed 1.3 seconds left, the officials blew their whistles again, and this time freshman Tameka Savage was on the foul line. Savage went one for two, adjusting the score to Greenville 41, Wilcox Central 37.

In the fourth period, Greenville scored a total of 12 points to eight for Wilcox, ensuring that the Lady Jaguars remembered when they lost on Tiger Drive.

"I am proud of the team," Coach Rowls said. "They have really come a long way."

This makes the record of the Lady Tigers 9 and 3, but undefeated in area games, with a record of 4 and 0.

Hawkins and Savage were tied for the top scores for the night, each making 11 points. Savage led on rebounds with seven, and Hawkins had four.

Hawkins also went five for nine on free throws, and freshman Keshia Scott was three for four.

After traveling to Elmore County on Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers will be on the road on Friday, to see if lightning will strike twice, allowing them to defeat Monroe County once again.