By SCOTT COOPER – Sports Writer
Published 6:30 am Wednesday, December 18, 2002
The T.R. Miller Lady Tigers are no strangers to winning tournaments and the Escambia County Tournament held Dec. 12-14 at Miller Gym was no exception.
With an average winning margin of over 32 points per game, the Lady Tigers dominated Flomaton, Neal and Escambia County while improving to 6-1 on the season and cruising to the tournament championship.
Lady Tigers 54,
The Flomaton Lady Hurricanes proved to be the Lady Tigers' biggest challenge of the tournament in the Dec. 12 opener.
However, Miller controlled the game for the duration of the contest by playing determined defense and running the floor with each opportunity. Although the Lady Hurricanes put up an admirable fight, the Lady Tigers were simply too much in a 54-27 win.
Offensive leaders for the Lady Tigers were Joy McCorvey with 16 points and Ashley Samuel with 12 points.
Lady Tigers 58, Neal 20
In their Dec. 13 second-round game against the W.S. Neal Lady Eagles, the Lady Tigers took advantage of their defensive prowess to open a 22-point lead at the end of the opening quarter.
The Lady Eagles continued playing hard, but the athleticism and intensity of the Lady Tigers was apparent as they stretched the lead to 32 points by intermission.
After enjoying an insurmountable advantage at the half, the Lady Tigers cruised into the championship game with a 38-point win.
Ashley Samuel scored 22 points to lead the Lady Tigers' offense.
Lady Tigers 58,
Escambia County 26
Although the Escambia County Lady Devils had a tougher time reaching the tournament final than did the Lady Tigers, they entered the Dec. 14 championship game unscathed and looking for an upset.
An upset was not about to take place, however, as the Lady Tigers came out of the blocks with tunnel vision and squarely focused on the tournament title.
Just as they had done the two previous rounds, the Lady Tigers created chaos with defensive pressure and capitalized on their opponent's mistakes. The end result was a 58-26 victory that gave them the undisputed tournament championship.
Offensive leaders for the Lady Tigers were Joy McCorvey and Ashley Samuel, with 22 and 12 points, respectively.