Lady Tigers Can’t Keep Pace in Second Half
After slowing the tempo to a crawl in the first half and executing its game plan, the Coahoma Community College Lady Tigers were taken by surprise by some added second-half defensive pressure that jumped the tempo and led to East Central Mississippi’s eventual 64-44 victory.
“We wanted to slow the ball down, in a previous game against Holmes, (ECMCC) shot 47 free throws and that told me that they were a team that liked to drive the ball to basket,” said CCC Head Basketball Coach Lacole Brooks. “I knew that they probably had a few shooters that could hit the (3-pointer) but I didn’t think they could beat us with it. And, we executed our plan in the first half, we rebounded the ball and got back on defense and took away the fast break.”
East Central racked up the turnovers in the first half, and Coahoma worked their the offense and scored in their half court set and trailed by four, 28-24, as the teams headed into the locker room.
Knowing that they had to increase the tempo of the game, the Lady Warriors came out in the second half with pressure in the form of a run-and-jump, full court press that took the Lady Tigers by surprise.
“It startled us,” said Brooks. “We tried to dribble the ball through the trap instead of passing out of it and we turned the ball over. They scored a lot in transition and sped up the game in the second half.”
After keeping it close in the first half, CCC was outscored 36-20 in the second.
“In the first half, we did what we needed to do to win, we played the zone well on defense and rotated well and boxed-out and we controlled the tempo,” said Brooks. “We just went away from it in the second half, they got a lot more offensive rebounds and were able to run the floor.”
Coach Brooks and company are preparing for their next outing as the team will be competing this week (Nov. 8-9) in the Southern University Classic. Some new offensive schemes, and some rebounding drills that will help them understand their rebounding assignments are on the books for practice this week.
The Lady Tigers were led offensively by Ashley Smith, who scored 11 points, and Shakira Johnson who added nine.
Coahoma: Josta Totten 2, Amber Sisk 8, Azande Collier 6, Ashley Smith 11, Ariel Jones 2, Shakira Johnson 9, Shontrell Williams 4, Ailiyah Irby 2.