By Bobby Mathews, Sports Editor
SPRINGVILLE — The Lady Tigers overcame a slow start here Tuesday, using a second-half surge to overcome the Leeds Green Wave 55-32.
Springville and Leeds went into halftime with the home team up 16-13, but things got rolling in the second half when, spurred on by a pair of early three-pointers, the Lady Tigers surged ahead and cut off the majority of Leeds’ offensive attack.
“We missed a lot of easy shots in the first half,” Springville coach Warren House said after the win. “Our post players were able to work inside, but we just weren’t making shots. All but two of our post players’ points were in the second half. We couldn’t finish nothing in the first half, it was just bouncing in and out.”
The Lady Tigers were paced by senior Abbie Talton, who scored her 1,000th career point earlier this season. She led Springville with 13, while Bella Bullington scored 11 and Ava Vaught had 8 points.
Our legs might have been tired from last night’s game, I don’t know,” House said. “We weren’t hitting outside shots, either. We just weren’t shooting well. We put in a lot to last night’s game.”
Hitting those two three pointers definitely helped the Lady Tigers’ momentum, House said.
“Most teams, you know, you make a three and you ain’t made them and when you do make them, it makes everything feel better,” he said. “It makes you feel like ‘Oh, we can make a shot.’ We were getting down on ourselves because we were missing shots.”
The Lady Tigers beat a tough 7A program, Gadsden City, the previous evening and the effort left Springville a little down in the first half. The schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Lady Tigers go on the road this weekend to visit Southside Gadsden on Friday at 5:45 p.m., and then rematch with Moody at 6 p.m. Saturday.
For Leeds, Zoie Galloway had 17 to lead all scorers, while Katelyn Sims had 7 and Jazmyn McGee had 4.