Split personality Lady Tigers lose at Shelby


February 7, 2014

SHELBY — The Jekyll and Hyde Lady Tigers were smashed by host Shelby in an independent girls’ varsity basketball game here Tuesday night.

The Lady Whippets jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter of a 64-41 triumph over Galion. The defeat drops the locals to 3-16 on the campaign. The long-time foes will meet again February 18th at Mansfield Senior High School in Division II sectional tournament action.

“We start off the game down 13-0 right off the bat,” stated Galion head coach Bryce Lehman. “There was no intensity and poor shooting during much of the first quarter. The second quarter we began to play basketball …”

To their credit, the Lady Tigers didn’t fold. Down 15-8 at the start of the second period, they outscored the hosts 19-9 the remainder of the half to take a 27-24 lead into the locker room.

But, the determined Lady Whippets drilled the visitors by 25-8 and 15-6 counts in the final two frames, respectively, for the runaway victory.

“Once again, we did not take advantage of the momentum to start the third quarter and played like we did in the first quarter,” Lehman noted. “We scored single digits in the third and fourth quarter and were outscored 40-14. Turnovers, poor shooting and unforced errors killed us again tonight. We missed 22 layups. How does a varsity team miss 22 layups?”

Taylor Valentine led Galion in scoring with 12 points on 4 three-point shots. She had knocked down 9 three-pointers over the past two games.

Also for the locals, Ramonda Dorsey had 11 points and 3 assists, Raven Crawford scored 8 points, Grace Brown hit for 6 tallies and grabbed 6 rebounds, to go along with 2 points apiece from Sydney Dameron and M’Lynn Gwinner.

It was another day of poor shooting for the Lady Orange-and-Blue as they made just 13-of-40 two-pointers (33%). Behind the arc they were 4-for-10 (45) and at the foul line, just 3-of-6 (50%). They snagged 19 missed shots and turned the ball over 20 times.

“All we can do as coaches is continue to practice shooting and continue to work on the little things,” mentioned Lehman. “I need 5-6 girls to step up and want to play because there are some who have lost that desire. I am not giving up on the season and hope my girls don’t either. If they want to play, they need to step up their games. Plain and simple.”