The FTCC Lady Trojans faced their third straight game against the strongest teams in the conference. These are the teams they need to beat to climb to the top of the standings. Louisburg won the regular season last year and is ready to claim that title again. The Trojans played as hard as they could and kept the Hurricanes well below their season average scoring.
Over the last few games, the Trojans have used their speedy guards to force the ball up court and attack the basket. That was the plan tonight with the Hurricanes as well. It seemed to work as the Trojans were only down 9-10 halfway through the first quarter. The Hurricanes were forced out of full court pressure as they could not stop Dajah Horne with the ball. The inside game of the Hurricanes started to try to pull away, but were held in check to only lead 20-15. Teana Lewis was strong for the Hurricanes all night wit her scoring, 22 pts., and ball distribution. Her 7 pts. in the quarter was topped by teammate, Kaila Thompson who had 8. Each hit a 3 pt. shot, as well. Horne drove for a basket and hit a 3 for the Trojans and Kennede Coleman hit a pair of short jumpers, as well.
As well as their offense performed in the first, it played poorly to start the second. A flurry near the half was the only thing that kept the score close as the Trojans trailed 26-37 at the half. Asia Monday scored 7 for the Hurricanes with a 3, and Ameera McClain hit a pair of layups. The tempo of the game slowed a bit as the Trojans were in trouble.
As they have during this tough stretch, the Lady Trojans played a full game and were able to post 17 pts. in the fourth quarter, their best of the night. This team does show signs of quitting. LaBrasha McElvine had 9 of her team high 13 pts. in the half and pushed the ball hard to the basket. Briana James and Chania Troy worked hard on the boards and drove the ball down the court. Tyra Evans took two hard charges in the quarter and cut off the inside game. Not much was falling for Coleman after the first, but she stayed strong on the defensive end and they held the Hurricanes to 82 pts.; under their average of 90+.
This stretch of games should make for the next few a bit easier to handle. FTCC swept the Lenoir CC Lady Knights last year and hope to do the same again Saturday. This team is growing in confidence no matter who they play. They may have lost the games, but they played hard to the end.
FTCC 15 11 11 17 54
LC 20 18 21 22 82
FTCC Horne, 11, Floyd, 1, Coleman, 6, McElvine, 13, T. Evans, 4, B. Evans, 1, Moses, 2, Bernard, 7, James, 5, Troy, 5, Inman, 0, Rivers, DNP
3 Pt. 2, Horne, Bernard
Fouls 18, Horne, 1, Floyd, 1, Coleman, 3, McElvine, 1, Inman, 2, T. Evans, 2, Moses, 2, Bernard, 1, James, 3, Troy, 2
LC Totten, 2, Sparrow, 3, Eason, 14, Thompson, 19, Monday, 9, Melvin, 5, Jones, 4, Lewis, 22, McClain, 4, Davidson, DNP
3 Pt. 5, Thopson, 2, Monday, 1, Lewis, 2
Fouls 25, Totten, 1, Sparrow, 3, Eason, 3, Thompson, 3, Monday, 3, Melvin, 3, Jones, 4, Lewis, 4, McClain, 1