After pulling out a win at home against Sweeny last Tuesday, it looked as if the Lady Tigers basketball team was headed for a good start to its season. The team’s struggles in the Cowgirl Tournament hosted by Brazos High School has put the team in a crucial spot heading into the its next leg of the season.
The Lady Tigers dropped four out of six games in the tournament falling to Schulenburg, Anderson-Shiro, Edna and Yoakum. The team defeated Anderson-Shiro in their second rematch of the tournament and Round Top for their two wins over the weekend.
Head Coach Anthony Branch said the team showed promise as all of the games were close losses and at many points, the Lady Tigers had a chance to pull out the win.
“We had chances to win and we look at things we could’ve done different and I really believe when we put it all together and play with a sense of urgency we can definitely compete for a district title,” Branch said. “We just have to have less turnovers and doing better at the free throw line.”
Branch said tournament play has given the team valuable experience not just on the court but off it as well.
“They enjoy being around each other and are great teammates and tournaments bring them together as a team and allows them to grow as a group,” Branch said.
Branch also said that playing six games in a short amount of time gives him the opportunity to develop his bench players which is crucial to having rotational success. With the team development reaching expectations, Branch said they have reached the point in the season where the team has to start playing up to their skill level.
“We’re starting to get there and now we have to start cleaning up our mistakes by taking care of the basketball and making smart decisions,” Branch said. “I want them to play each possession like it means something and do that with urgency and that comes from our senior leaders and it means more when they say it to each other and hold each other accountable.”
With tournament play over until after Christmas for the Lady Tigers, the team now can focus on improving throughout the month of December before district games begin in January. The team’s next game is Friday night on the road against Schulenburg.