Natalie Alderete and Lakaysha Davis combined for 31 points to lead the Taylor Lady Ducks to a 55-16 season-opening win over the Thrall Tigerettes (0-1) Friday night. Taylor jumped on the Tigerettes early, scoring the first seven points of the game and never took their foot off the gas for the win.
Despite the seemingly easy win, Taylor Coach Trent Collier had mixed reviews of his Lady Ducks’ performance. “We were sloppy,” he said. Our defensive rotations and ability to pass and catch looked very much like a first game of the year. But, we played hard and our offensive execution was better than I expected for our first game.”
Davis scored six of her 14 points in the opening period as the Lady Ducks led 12-3 after one quarter of play. A swarming Taylor defense forced nine Thrall turnovers in the quarter leading to 10 of the Lady Ducks’ points. All of Thrall’s points came from the charity stripe. Bree Tretter, who led the Tigerettes with eight points, hit a pair of free throws and Rachel Trussell added another for Thrall.
Taylor did a good job spreading the scoring wealth in the second quarter. Five different Lady Ducks put points on the board in the period, led by A’Ja Lucas’ six points. Ansley Reed added five. Meanwhile, Taylor’s defense continued to give Thrall trouble holding the Tigerettes to a single basket, a fast-break layup by Tretter with 7:12 to play in the half. Taylor finished the half with a 16-0 run and led 31-5 at the break.
It was more of the same in the third quarter. Taylor outscored the Tigerettes 13-2 in the period with Tretter scoring the only Thrall points on another fast-break layup. Again Taylor finished the quarter with a big run, outscoring the Tigerettes 11-0 over the final five minutes of the quarter and led 44-7 entering the fourth.
Thrall had their best scoring quarter of the game in the final period tallying nine, led by Addison Leschber’s four of six shooting from the free-throw line. Taylor, meanwhile, picked up five points from Alderete, who finished the night with a game-high 17 points.
Thrall Coach Katina Walker pointed to the team’s youth and inexperience as a factor in the loss, but also saw reason for hope as the season progresses. “We are extremely young this year and missing the experience, she said. “Friday may have looked to have been a tough matchup for us, but we are learning quickly how to play together on the court.”
A rematch between Thrall and Taylor is slated for this Saturday Nov. 14 at Thrall.