Perhaps coaches never know what to expect as a team plays their first basketball game after the Thanksgiving break. Lady Cats Basketball Coach Brittney Tisdell held an open gym session for her team Saturday (November 24) but she said there was no extra running involved.
Monday’s practice was a hard one according to Coach Tisdell. She said the Lady Cats looked like they were about to die. Coach Tisdell told them they would thank her for the hard practice Tuesday night during the game with Terrell. She said things worked out well and the Lady Cats showed up ready to play.
Coach Tisdell said the Lady Cats did a great job of controlling the tempo. They led 40-11 at the half. She said the Lady Cats could not have done a better job on defense. The Lady Cats were led in scoring by Autumn Tanton with 19 points, Sadavia Porter with 13 points and Danielle Godbolt with 11 points. Coach Tisdell said Tanton did a heck of a job offensive rebounding and getting put backs. She added Tanton was getting hammered inside and wasn’t getting many calls. Coach Tisdell said Porter didn’t hit her usual shots but said she did a good job finding her teammates who then scored. She called Godbolt one of her hardest working kids. Coach Tisdell said Danielle does what she asks her to and always seems to be where she is supposed to be. She said her starting five came out hard and ready to go and built a lead. That allowed her to play all ten of her available varsity players.
The Lady Cats’ second team had a tough fourth quarter against Terrell and the Lady Tigers got to within 12 points with a minute and a half to go. Coach Tisdell said she brought her starters back to calm things down after the game got a little out of hand. It worked as the starters built the lead back up to 20 points before a final Terrell three point basket cut the final margin to 17. The final score was 63-46.
The Lady Cats will be playing two games Thursday in the Winnsboro Hoopfest. Coach Tisdell is using the fact that Winnsboro scheduled the Lady Cats to play them first in the tournament as motivation. She hopes her Lady Cats will take the game as seriously as she does. The Lady Cats play Winnsboro at 9:20 a.m. Thursday in the Winnsboro High School Gym. The Lady Cats also play Emory Rains Thursday at 2:40 p.m. in the Winnsboro Middle School Gym.