From Staff Reports
The Malakoff Lady Tigers have jumped out to a quick start this basketball season, rolling to a 4-1 record.
After winning their opener last week against Rice, the Lady Tigers played in the Slocum Tournament and won their first two games.
First, Malakoff overcame a slow start to beat Overton, 54-40. The Lady Tigers were led by Courtney Dawson with 22 points, Taye Jackson with 12, and Molly LaRue with 10. Dy’Esha Brookins added 8 and Besha Crockett had 2.
The Lady Tigers continued their roll by beating Elkhart next, 51-42. Courtney Dawson had 22 points, Taye Jackson 11, Dy’Esha Brookins 6, Molly LaRue 6, Besha Crockett 4, and Trese Jackson 2.
“That was the best game we played so far,” said coach Emily Martinez. “If we continue to play as a team, we will be tough to beat.”
The Lady Tigers chose to support the boys in their playoff football game last Friday night, so they forfeited a game that could have put them in the tournament championship. Instead they played in the third place game against Kennard, falling 51-43.
Tuesday night, Malakoff extended its record to 4-1 by downing Italy, 50-44.
The Lady Tigers showed some mental toughness in finishing off Italy late. With just a three-point lead and three seconds left, Korah Crockett stepped to the free throw line and hit her first shot to give Malakoff a 44-48 lead. She missed the second shot, but Taye Jackson got the rebound and put-back to ice the game.
Also playing well was Trese Jackson, who stepped up offensively and defensively.
“It was a great team effort,” said Martinez. “Everyone stepped up and did their part.”
Courtney Dawson had 13 and Trese Jackson 12 in the win. Taye Jackson added 10, Molly LaRue 8, Dy’Esha Brookins 4 and Korah Crockett 3.
The Lady Tigers will be hosting Sunnyvale at home tonight (Nov. 22). JV action is scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m.