Lady Cats Basketball Coach Brittney Tisdell realizes the casual fan may not have noticed, but she says good defense played a big part in the Lady Cats home win over Mineola Tuesday afternoon.
After trailing 19-16 at the half, the Lady Cats only allowed the Lady Jackets 15 second half points including just 4 points in the decisive third quarter. Coach Tisdell says the team has goals on defense and she says they really bought in Tuesday.
She adds she is proud of her team, especially with them recently coming off a two week quarantine and having just two practices before games started. A very rusty Lady Cats’ team struggled in a road loss at Liberty-Eylau in the season opener on Monday. The Lady Cats are now 1-1.
Coach Tisdell says another big factor in the win Tuesday was the foul shooting of sophomore point guard Kenzie Willis. Willis only missed three of 17 free throws taken as she scored a game high 26 points. Coach Tisdell said senior Delanee Myles not only rebounded well but also played solid defense. Junior Jayla Yarbrough hit two big three-point baskets. Coach Tisdell said the shots really fired up the Lady Cats. Junior Addy Lamb also hit a big three pointer just before the buzzer sounded at the end of the third quarter. Coach Tisdell said her yell of “shoot” prompted Lamb to take the shot that the coach said she busted, a good thing.
After the quarantine, Coach Tisdell says she is really fired up and is ready for some practices. She admits she will have to wait a few days for the Thanksgiving holidays.
The Lady Cats play next at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m.