By: Will Daniels
For the Mountain Advocate
The Barbourville Lady Tigers opened up their season on the road at Jackson County with a 53 to 39 loss on Saturday night. The Lady Tigers are the two-time defending district champs but after losing their best senior class of all time and the whole starting lineup from last year they will be young and hungry this year.
With zero starting experience, the Tigers appeared to be a little nervous in the first quarter only scoring three points. The second quarter saw the Tigers battle back to cut the deficit to 18-14 at the half. In the third quarter the Lady Tigers came apart at the seams allowing several easy baskets by Jackson County and committing 11 turnovers to make the score 45 to 26. The Lady Tigers won the fourth quarter 13-8 but it was too little too late.
Head Coach Brandon Simpson said, “The game was a mixed bag. We did some things well and obviously did some things wrong. We knew they would get out in transition and run and we limited that pretty well.”
“We gave them too many possessions, though. We didn’t box out well and they killed us with second chance points. We also have to take better care of the ball.” “Turnover totals like that are unacceptable. We didn’t shoot the ball well, but our shot selection was good and the shots will start falling. I attribute a lot of our mistakes to nervousness. We know what we have to work on, and we will be fine.”
The Lady Tigers saw 10 different girls hit the score column led by Anna Daniels’ double double with 15 pts and 13 rebounds, Whitney Brown had 6, Taylor Logan 6, Jehan Abuzour 2, Peyton Erslan 2, Shelbie Jones 2, Katie Shackleford 2, Jordyn Smith 2, Kaylee Smith 1 and Abbagail Smith 1.