The Mansfield Lady Tigers were in Branson Wednesday, June 5 through Friday, June 7 to compete in the Licking Summer Girls Basketball Camp. On Wednesday the Lady Tigers took on Elkins JV, Commerce, OK and St. Mary’s out of Pittsburgh in an overwhelming domination. The Lady Tigers went undefeated on the day winning 29-23, 42-38, and 31-14 respectively.
“The Lady Tigers were led Wednesday in scoring and steals by Makayla Strutton with 26 points and 11 steals. Danielle Lillie led the team in assists with 14 and Sadie Roberts went an impressive 5/10 from behind the arc,” stated Head Coach Joshua Bryan. “The girls played well Wednesday showing good ball movement, excellent defense, and we’re beginning to shoot the ball better from behind the arc. I’m extremely pleased with our level of play.”
The Lady Tigers went 1-2 on the day Thursday losing 43-39 to Climax Springs in Missouri and 28-26 to Woodward of Oklahoma. The girls finished the day with a win of 38-11 against Commerce, Oklahoma.
“The girls battled hard but fell short in two thrilling games,” said Coach Bryan. “They bounced back with a good win against Commerce. Their no-quit attitude was something to be admired. I’m happy with our level of play. We’re getting better all the time and someday soon we will get to show our hard work on the hardwood for our community. Go Red Tigers!”
Friday, the Lady Tigers started off the day against Siloam Springs winning 44-41. After their win against Siloam, they competed in bracket play and lost in the semifinals 44-40 against Hollister, Missouri. “It was a hard game. Fatigue was a heavy load on the lady Tigers going into the game. Hollister hit multiple outside shots that kept the score close throughout the game. After the lady Tigers got in foul trouble Hollister kept a 2-4 point lead for the last two minutes of the game.”
The Lady Tigers weren’t all work during their stay in Branson though. On Wednesday they enjoyed a night at Dolly Parton’s Stampede followed by a trip to Cherry Berry. Thursday the girls had dinner at Golden Corral before going to the movies to watch Godzilla. The Lady Tigers ended their trip with another stop at Cherry Berry before heading back to the hotel to close the book on their three-day getaway. The Lady Tigers can go home with their heads high as they ended the camp with 5 wins and 3 losses.