Lady Tribe, Warriors tied with 1 area game leftPublished 4:35pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Call it in the air.
Ed Rogers and the Wetumpka Lady Indians may hear that phrase soon enough after the Thompson Lady Warriors defended home court with a 55-45 win over Wetumpka Friday.
Thompson’s win creates a tie with Wetumpka for the Class 6A Area 7 lead at 4-1. Both teams have home dates with Prattville remaining, a team both have beaten earlier this season. If both hold serve, the area winner will be determined by a coin flip.
On the road in its biggest area contest of the season with the area tournament hosting duties on the line, Rogers said his team came out a little flat.
“We didn’t match their intensity,” the coach said. “In the first (meeting), I thought we were the aggressor. But for this second game, I thought Thompson did a better job of coming out and attacking the game. Our starts are something we’re going to have to work on going into the (postseason). When we start well, we usually end well. But sometimes when we fall behind, we can have some issues. The game was never out of reach, on the road in a big area game, we just didn’t show.”
The Lady Indians couldn’t get establish themselves on the offensive end due to early foul trouble of senior point guard and Alabama State University signee Adrianne Armstrong and junior center Zomoria Clark, Rogers said.
“We were in the ballgame throughout the game, even with (Clark) and Adrianne in foul trouble, we were still able to withstand what they did to us,” he said. “They pretty much shot free throws the whole second half.”
Wetumpka’s defense kept the deficit manageable, but the offensive woes left the team with no firepower. Amid the loss, Rogers said he walked away impressed with how his group rallied without its usual scoring options on the floor.
“Courtney Richardson had a big game,” Rogers said of the junior forward. “She picked up where Adrianne was while she was in foul trouble. She kept us in the game, had it not been for her, the game would have gone awry.”
Richardson led the Tribe with 15 points.
Regardless of who hosts the area tourney, Rogers said after Friday’s matchup he feels his team will be ready for the next round with Thompson.
“We know what they’re intent is and I think we can scheme a little better for them now.”
WHS guard Zipporah Broughton and Clark tallied 10 apiece.
The Lady Indians hosted Prattville Tuesday and travel to Dadeville Thursday.