Lady Tigers get ahead early, stay ahead of rival Brahmanettes

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The Lady Tigers came out of the gates on fire against the crosstown rival Bellville Brahmanettes, racing out to a football-sized lead after only the first quarter.

After the first eight minutes, the Brahmanettes put up only three points to Sealy’s 14 as the Lady Tigers were moving the ball on offense and putting the pressure on as soon as the ball fell through the hoop.

Head Coach Anthony Branch mentioned that change was made on the fly, as he knew that would be a key component to stopping Bellville’s offense.

Although it was effective, Branch thought there could have been a few more turnovers forced although the Brahmanettes were thwarted on many attempts at the basket.

He still viewed it as the quarter with the most positive takeaways although he thought the team was unable to build following that play.

“I thought the first quarter was the best quarter, we were consistent we scored, played good defense,” Branch said. “But we just didn’t build off that.”

He did mention that the second quarter was a decent one as well and it would be hard not to make that remark when the halftime score read 28-12.

But the second half was quite a changeup as the visitors actually outscored Sealy 16-10 over both of the final quarters.

Bellville penetrated through the full-court press of the Lady Tigers and forced Branch to use multiple timeouts down the stretch to break up the opponent’s pace.

However, with the early lead already built in, it was only a matter of draining the clock down to triple zeroes to secure a win by a 38-28 margin.

After the game, there were more positives than negatives, but the negatives were some glaring ones.

“There were some times we got the ball where it needed to be and made some good plays,” Branch noted. “We just have to work on putting those things together more consistently.”

One big consistent action Sealy did carry out was the box score producing similar results on the bottom row.

The Lady Tigers poured in 14 points in each of the first two quarters and five points in both of the final two quarters but that’s likely not the consistency Branch was really looking for.

But at the end of the day, Sealy had more points than Bellville, and that’s never a bad thing for those in black and gold.

“Anytime you beat Bellville it’s always a good thing,” Branch said. “That’s always something you want to do, you never want to lose to your rival here in Austin County.

“The girls were excited, they wanted to beat them so that’s good and when I go in [to the locker room] I’m sure they’re going to be excited,” Coach Branch mentioned. “I can hear they’re pretty excited about getting a win so and we’re going to celebrate this we just gotta take a look at the film and just gotta get better at making decisions.”

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