Lady Tigers fall at home

Published 10:37 pm Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Demopolis appeared sluggish from the outset and limped its way to a 48-30 home loss against Thomasville Tuesday night.

After the game, DHS head coach Tony Pittman neglected to sugarcoat anything his team did in the contest.

“There was no effort,” Pittman said. “I’m very disappointed in the effort that we played with tonight. In all phases of the game, we didn’t play at all.”

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Demopolis managed to score only four points in each of the game’s first two quarters, entering the locker room down 18-8.

“We were just not in sync at all,” Pittman said. “The pressure we faced, we put on ourselves.”

Pittman’s squad committed 23 turnovers, managed only 11 points through the game’s first three quarters and shot a paltry 4-for-14 from the free throw line.

“That’s what happens,” Pittman said. “You get your butt beat by 20 points.”

The home Tigers had scored only one point in the third quarter when senior Alisha Arnold grabbed a rebound off a missed free throw and connected on the putback with 25 seconds remaining in the period.

“I look at it as a temporary setback,” Pittman said. “Maybe that’s just an eye-opener that — hey — we’ve still got to work everyday.”

Demopolis played the entire game without the leadership and energy of senior point guard Valissa Sams, who missed the contest due to illness.

Her absence left the team with only eight players.

“She’s the captain,” Pittman said. “The energy she brings to the game, there’s no substitution for that. But at the same time, you’ve got to have somebody to step up and play the game.”

Shay Smith and Demekia Marshall each scored six points to lead the way for Demopolis. Kyrea Rowe scored 15 to lead Thomasville while Shelby Crawford added 14.

“We’re going to hold our head up and come play again,” Pittman said. His team hosts Sunshine Thursday.