The Lady Trojans faced conference foe, Guilford Tech CC, at home Tuesday night. The Titans are 8-0 and rolling through the Region this year. The Titans represented Region 10 in the NJCAA D-II National Championships last year, and their early play shows a determination to return to that tournament this year.
The Trojans, 3-3 opened with great intensity and turned the Titans over several times and scored early baskets matching GTCC. With the score 9-10, the Titans went on a run hitting 4 3’s in the first quarter to lead 32-19. Although this was a very good scoring quarter for the Lady Trojans, they were overmatched by the multiple scoring threats of the Titans. The one bright spot was the speed of guards, Dejah Horne and LaBrasha McElvine moving the ball up the court. They were able to drive through the press that the Titans hoped to use to stop the Trojans. The Titans were forced to drop into a more traditional half-court defensive set to neutralize this match up. Horne led the Trojans in the quarter with 9 pts., however, the Titans were led by Jada Faison, 12(26 pts.), and Special Washington, 8 (11 pts.).
The second quarter was much like the first, but the Trojans were able to improve their perimeter defense and only allowed one 3pt. shot. Chania Troy was able to get active in the paint with 6 pts. Macy Boler, 30 pts., is a very strong post player for the Titans and was able to alter the shots from Kennede Coleman and Daisy Moses holding them to just one basket in the half. The Titans led 59-30 at the half and were able to score as they needed as the FTCC zone defense was unable to cover all scorers.
Coach Tucker opened the second half with a change to man-to-man defense and this worked well for a time and seemed to wear out the Titans as they had to work harder. This did work for a time, but started to lead to foul trouble for the Trojans. The high powered Titan offense was held to just 21 pts. in the quarter, but that was small points as the Trojans were unable to cut into the large lead.
The Trojans fought hard to finish and put up 21 pts. in the closing quarter and committed to the full 40 minute game. They lost 67-104, but put up their second highest point total of the year. The team will use this game to help face their next tough conference opponent, Louisburg College, on Thursday. There are several strong points for the team that can be developed further. This stretch of the hardest three games of the first half will develop the character of this young team. They did not fold when they could have a finished strong. This team will have better success with the rest of the conference having faced these early games.
FTCC 19 11 16 21 67
GTCC 32 27 21 25 104
FTCC Horne, 17, Floyd, 11, Coleman, 2, McElvine, 2, T. Evans, 4, B. Evans, 4, Moses, 2, Bernard, 5, Jmaes, 10, Troy, 10, River, Inman, 0
3 Pt. 3, Horne, 2, Bernard, 1
Fouls 20, Horne, 1, Floyd, 1, Coleman, 4, McElvine, 1, Inman, 1, T. Evans, 3, Moses, 1, Bernard, 2, James, 4, Troy, 3
GTCC Stewart, 17, Faison26, Washington, 11, Bowman, 2, Millner, 17, Boler, 30, Clayton, 0
3 Pt. 9, Steart,2, Faison 4, Washington, 2, Millner, 1
Fouls 12, Stewart, 1, Clayton, 1, Faison, 3, Washington, 1, Bowman, 1, Millner, 2, Boler, 3