By Megan Hecox
It was a hard fought game for the Sr High Tigers in last nights conference match against Charleston. The Tigers lost 71-52 and the Lady Tigers had a 51-22 loss. This was the first conference game of the Tigers season but they will not be letting this loss define them. It’s no secret that the Charleston Tigers are quick and fierce in their gameplay. But the Mansfield Tigers will get a shot at redemption when they play Charleston again in January for Homecoming.
For the Tigers, the biggest issue in last nights game was ball security. “We had several turnovers in the first half and Charleston was able to capitalize on those turnovers,” Boys Head Coach, Keith Dake, said.“When combining our turnovers with some extremely early foul trouble to key players, it was a recipe for a 20 point halftime deficit.” The Tigers were able to come back out after the half and close the gap to 12 points before giving way to their foul troubles once again. “Our mistakes are all easily correctable over time,” says Coach Dake, “We will be better down the stretch once we get a few more games under this young teams belt. We are not going to be a team people will want to face late in the season!”
Although the Mansfield Lady Tigers had the intensity in their game against Charleston, it just wasn’t enough to keep up with the Lady Tigers firepower. “Our girls did well with playing the help side on defense to keep Charleston from driving the lane but we failed at stopping their big shots,” said Girls Head Coach, Joshua Bryan. “Charleston shot very well from beyond the arc, making over a dozen 3-pointers.”
The Tigers will get a little bit of time to regroup before bouncing on to their next conference game against the Lincoln Wolves on December 11th. Coach Bryan tells us how the Lady Tigers will be getting ready to face the Lady Wolves. “Lincoln is another good girls basketball program. We will prepare to stop another run and gun shooting team by making them slow down their offense and keeping them from transition scoring.”
By Megan Hecox