| By Myra Bean
Though the South Panola men Tigers coasted through their game 74-48, the Lady Tigers were the victims of the Southaven Lady Chargers Tuesday night.
The Lady Tigers lost 59-48 to go 8-12 overall and 1-3 in district action.
"We had a really nice first half," Lady Tiger head coach Ralph Stallings said. "We got the same shots in the second half but that didn’t help."
Stallings said he took the ball out of the guard’s hands and decided the take the ball inside.
"Our shots just didn’t fall the second half," he said. "We got a lot of fouls and free throws but we didn’t convert them."
Southaven’s Kristin Coleman scored 26 points for the Lady Chargers.
"She was unstoppable," Stallings said. "We fouled her and she went to the line and got her free throws."
The Lady Tigers led 32-30 at halftime after a 22-16 second quarter. Seven Lady Tigers scored in the second quarter to give the team the boost it needed.
South Panola was down 14-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Leading Lady Tiger scorer guard Sabrina Townsend, niece of Pittsburgh Steeler Deshea townsend, scored seven of her 13 points in the second quarter and six in the first quarter.
Other scorers for the Lady Tigers include Shanice Williams and Kim Sanford, 7 points each; Vetorra Cole, 6 points; Jessica Govan and Courtney D. Jones, 4 points each; Sabine Barth, 3 points; Tenisha Mitchell and Skylar Barnes, 2 points each.
Joseph Hankins hit 100 percent from the floor Tuesday night as he sank five of five field goals and pulled down three rebounds.
Tiger Rodney Gray was the game high scorer with 21 points, eight rebounds one assist and one steal.
The Tigers led the whole game. At the end of hte first quarter they had a 12-8 lead. Going into halftime, the Tigers led 26-17.
It was a re-energized Tiger team which took the floor for the second half as they outscored Southaven 48-20, scoring 24 points in each quarter.
Tiger head coach Charlie Howard said they could have beaten them worse but he let the whole team play. Eight Tigers scored points.
Two more were in double figures: Jarred Pope, 14 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and Anthony Nelson, 10 points, 4 rebounds.
Also scoring for the Tigers were Cordell Austin, 6 points, 1 each assist, rebound and steal; Justin Vaughn, 5 points, 6 assists, 2 steals; Rod Moore, 4 points, 9 assists, 4 steals; and Shawn Daniels, 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block.
The B-team Tigers won by 14 points and Howard reported that all the guys played well.
Having an especially good game were Antonio Allen, Michael Broadnax, C.J. Raynor and Darius "Tigg" Barksdale."
9th Grade Tigers
The ninth grade Tigers accepted a late invitation to a tournament held in Desoto Central this week.
The Tigers won Wednesday night and played against Thursday night but the outcome was not available at presstime. The final game will be played Saturday night at 6 p.m.
The Tigers will be at home tonight to take on J.Z. George in non-conference action. The girls game will begin earlier than usual at 5:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.
Tuesday, the Tiger teams will be in Horn Lake for a pivotal district game. The Lady Tigers defeated Horn Lake in the first matchup, but the Tiger men lost.
Tuesday night, the Olive Branch men defeated Horn Lake, 54-48. The Olive Branch girls defeated Horn Lake by one point, 58-57.
While Olive Branch and South Panola were hooping it up last Friday, the Southaven Lady Chargers (13-6 overall, 2-1 district) defeated the Horn Lake Lady Eagles 45-41 in Horn Lake.
In the boys game, Horn Lake rolled to a 64-43 victory over Southaven.