The Thrall Tigerettes (6-5) turned in a solid performance over the weekend at the Thrall tournament. The Tigerettes posted a 3-2 record in the 3-day event losing to a strong Shelbyville team in the third place game on Saturday.
Shelbyville made good use of the opening period connecting on four shots from behind the arch. Thrall was able to answer the Shelbyville’s outside shooting through much of the opening period, but Shelbyville led 22-13 at the end of the first.
Shelbyville continued in the second period adding three more long-rang shots. On the defensive end of the floor, Shelbyville stepped up the pressure and held the Tigerettes to just four points by Chandra Reed and led 37-17 at the half.
Thrall was able to trim the lead slightly in the third quarter, but Shelbyville still held a 43-27 lead entering the final period.
Thrall’s shooting went cold in the fourth quarter as the Tigerettes managed just five points on a 3-pointer by Hope Martinez and a jumper by Knapek. Shelbyville, meanwhile, added another 3-pointer and pulled away for the 53-32 win.
The Tigerettes beat Hempstead 43-30 to advance to the third-place game. Grisham scored a team-high nine points, including hitting six of 11 free throw attempts to pace the Tigerettes. Martinez added a pair of 3-pointers and Leschber and Aubrey Henderson each added a shot from behind the arch in the win.
On Thursday the Tigerettes opened pool play with a 40-21 win over the Bremond Lady Tigers. Leschber led Thrall with 11 points and Martinez connected on two more 3-pointers to push Thrall to the win. Later that day the Tigerettes rolled over Dime Box 45-28. Thrall outscored the Lady Longhorns 15-4 in the second period to pull away. Leschber totaled 13 points to lead the Tigerettes while Bree Tretter scored a season-high 11 points for Thrall.
On Friday the Tigerettes took on perennial power Port Aransas. Free throws in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Tigerettes fell 31-26.
Thrall was back in action Tuesday night when they traveled to Burton. They will play in the Bruceville-Eddy tournament beginning Thursday.