Halftime adjustments paid off big time for Texas High Tuesday in the Lady Tigers come-from-behind victory over Carthage at Tiger Center.
The slow-starting Tigers fell behind 25-15 at the break, but it was a different story in the third and fourth quarters, Texas High running its current winning streak to four games with a 59-53 victory.
The Tigers (6-7) came out smoking in the third quarter behind the shooting of Jacia Collins and Kerrighan Dunn. Collins bombed in three long 3-pointers, and Dunn also had a trey among her nine points in the period, which ended with the home team holding a 41-39 lead.
Neither team could break away in the final eight minutes, but Texas High managed to keep the Lady Bulldogs at bay by converting 6 of 8 free-throw attempts down the stretch. Foul shooting had been one of the Tigers’ weak points early in the season, but head coach Chandra Wilson said the team has showed improvement, particularly in winning the Winnsboro tournament over the weekend and in the victory over Carthage.
“Free-throw shooting has really hurt us, but it’s not because we don’t work on them every day in practice,” she said. “Tonight it really paid off for us in the fourth quarter.”
The last two free throws came from Ashanti Northcross with four seconds left after Carthage allowed Texas High to run the clock down from 1:21 without fouling.
Dunn leads Lady Tigers with 22 points
Dunn led all scorers with 22 points, one more than Carthage’s outstanding guard Zee McGroe, who kept the Bulldogs in the game with her scoring as well as driving and dishing to teammates in the paint.
Sadeya Finley scored six points in the fourth quarter and was the only other Tiger in double figures with 12. Collins had nine and Northcross eight.
Jada McLin and Marhai Lewis had nine each for Carthage.
Texas High’s junior varsity won in similar come-from-behind fashion, 50-45, after trailing by nine points at halftime. Braveon Hunt scored 16 points and Valerie Perez 14, all in the second half, for the Tigers. Allysa Wallace paced Carthage with 15.
Carthage romped to a 55-9 win in the ninth grade game as Zakyra Myers scored 16 points.