Following a 61-19 loss to Navasota last Tuesday, the Sealy Lady Tigers went into their road game against the Columbia Roughnecks with a three-game losing streak with just two chances to snap it before Christmas break.
The team took advantage of their first one by defeating Columbia 49-41. The Lady Tigers pulled out to an early lead in the first quarter at 14-8 and extended their lead to double digits going into halftime up 24-14. The Roughnecks were held under 10 points in each quarter of the first half.
The Lady Tigers continued their offensive barrage in the second half putting up 25 more points to pull away with the win. Their 15-13 fourth quarter effort was especially valuable after dropping the third 14-10.
“We just hit more shots than the other team and that is something we’ve really trying to been focusing on in practice,” Branch said. “Columbia is a really good team and this was a great win with them because you have to schedule these tough out of district games so the team is ready when that time comes.”
Branch said he thinks if the team can continue to find consistency on the offensive side of the ball, they will live up to the potential they are capable of. The team is currently averaging a shooting rate around 30 percent and Branch said the goal is to get that number up to around 40 percent.
He also said the team’s overall success has been hampered by early-season injuries including players suffering from concussions, hurt shoulders and others.
“We’ve really only been a fully healthy team for just about four games so I think we easily could’ve been 15-5 right now,” Branch said. “Once we’re back to 100 percent I think we will start turning it on because we all feel ready but we just have to follow through and cut down on the turnovers and execute the simple plays correctly.”
Branch also said he hopes the lessons his players take away from this season, even in its early stages, will be ones that help them not just on the court but their life off it as well.
“I told them they always have to strive for more and look in the mirror and be completely honest with yourself when you look in the mirror and decide where you want to be,” Branch said. “The publicity of celebration is only a fraction of what you see and it’s the work that goes into the fraction that will make you succeed not just in the game but in life.”
The Lady Tigers play their last game before Christmas break against Bay City during press time so check on sealynews.com and The Sealy News Facebook page for updates on the result of the game. Their next game coming out of the break will be on Dec. 28 in a road matchup against Weimar.