The Thrall Tigerettes got off to a bit of a rough start to the season Tuesday night, falling to the Jarrell Lady Cougars 88-16.
Thrall (0-1) opted to get the season started rather than waiting on several key players who only finished volleyball Monday night. While the effort was there, Jarrell’s height advantage and speed proved to be too much.
"I think experience played a key role," Thrall coach Katina Walker said. "We have quite a few young ladies who are new to playing basketball. Although Jarrell was young and raw, they have basketball knowledge and experience."
Thrall spotted the Lady Cougars an 8-0 lead over the first two minutes of the game, but then battled back to pull within 10-6 and trailed just 16-9 at the end of the first quarter. Mikayla Miksch scored five first-quarter points, and Shelby Grisham added the remaining four for the Tigerettes.
Jarrell’s full-court press accounted for 16 of its 28 second-quarter points as the visitors began to pull away. Hope Martinez hit a pull-up jumper in the lane and Miksch added a sideline jumper that cut the Jarrell lead to 22-13 with 5:33 to play in the period.
But, after Grisham’s coast-to-coast layup and a 1-of-2 performance at the free-throw line with 1:34 remaining in the half, the Tigerettes would not score again. Thrall trailed 44-16 at halftime.
"I felt we did well in the first half, but ran out of gas in the second," Walker said.
Jarrell (1-0) continued to press the remainder of the game, keeping the young Tigerettes off the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars added 20 points in the third quarter and 24 over the final eight minutes to get the win.
Miksch and Grisham each scored seven for the Tigerettes, while Martinez added two.
Thrall was back in action Friday at Flatonia. The Tigerettes are expected to have their volleyball girls on the court next week.
"We will have some old faces back [Friday], as well as some new ones," Walker said. "I'm excited to see how we will look against Flatonia."