Addison Leschber scored 13 points and Chandra Reed scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to lead the Thrall Tigerettes (15-10) to a 40-31 come-back win over the Hempstead Lady Bobcats.
Thrall hit just a pair of shots in the opening period. Reed got the Tigerettes on the board with a free throw and Leschber followed with a jumper with three minutes to play in the quarter to give Thrall a 3-2 lead. Hempstead closed out the quarter outscoring the Tigerettes 5-2 and led 7-5 after one.
In the second quarter Hempstead led by as much as 13-6 before the Tigerettes rallied to trim the lead. The teams traded baskets in the closing minutes of the period and the Hempstead took a 20-17 lead into the half.
In the third Hempstead extended their lead to 24-17 before Thrall began its comeback. Down five with three minutes to play Leschber hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two. Later McKenna Knapek hit a jumper and on the next possession Kelly Copeland’s second-chance basket knotted the score at 26-26 with two minutes remaining in the quarter.
A Leschber fast-break layup with 1:31 on the clock in the third gave Thrall their first lead since the opening quarter. After Hempstead tied the score, Reed scored on a driving layup that put the Tigerettes up once again and Thrall made the lead hold taking a 30-28 advantage into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was all Thrall. Reed and Knapek scored on second-chance shots. TheTigerettes went 6/10 from the free-throw line to outscore Hempstead 10-3 over the final eight minutes of the game.
In addition to Leschber and Reed’s efforts, the Tigerettes also secured eight points and seven rebounds from Shelby Grisham. The Tigerettes outrebounded Hempstead 51-38 and 15 points off turnovers helped propel the Tigerettes to the win.
Thrall moved back into District 25-2A play on Friday when they traveled to face Holland. The Tigerettes will host the Granger Lady Lions on Tuesday.