Lady Tigers mount comeback

Published 1:12 am Monday, January 21, 2008

By By Adam Robinson – sports editor
The T.R. Miller Lady Tigers were outscored 15-11 in the first half. In the second half, they outscored Andalusia 21-9 to take a 32-24 area win over the Andalusia Bulldogs.
So whatever T.R. Miller head coach Ron Jackson told his team at the halftime break must have worked.
Leading scorer Nakiya Smith had three points in the first half and then poured it on in the second half as she finished with 14 in the half for 17 total points. But it was not just a one-person affair, it was the whole team.
In the game Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 6-1 lead with 3:56 left in the first quarter courtesy of Kesha Peterson's four points and MyNetra Boley's two.
After the Tigers' 6-1 run, Andalusia ended the quarter on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 6-all at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Tigers only lead in the quarter was a 7-6 lead with 7:32 that was achieved when Smith connected on one of two free throws to give the Lady Tigers their one point lead.
Andalusia tied the game at 7-7 and then took an 11-7 lead with 4;31 as the Tigers were forced to play catch up through out the quarter as Andalusia took a 13-9 lead and held a 15-9 lead at the break.
In the second half, and definitely in the third quarter of play, the momentum of the game switched towards the Lady Tigers as they came out of the half and took a 13-3 lead in the quarter as they used a 9-0 run to hold a 22-17 lead with 2:21 left in the quarter.
Andalusia cut the Tiger lead to four points at 22-18 with 1:07 left, but the Tigers added a last basket in the quarter when Smith scored for the Tigers and they held a 24-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter of play.
The fourth quarter continued to go in favor of the Lady Tigers as they opened up on a 6-0 run to take a 30-18 lead with 5:25 left to play and then continued to run out the clock on offense as they took the 32-24 win.
With the win, the Lady Tigers improved to 11-4 and 4-0 in area play.