Pittman seeks growth from Lady Tigers

Published 10:11 pm Friday, January 8, 2010

Head coach Tony Pittman is looking for a little resolve from his team. The Lady Tiger roster is made up of five freshman, five sophomores, a junior returning from a significant injury and a senior with no prior playing experience. Still, Pittman refuses to characterize his team as young. So when the Lady Tigers (3-7, 1-1) travel to Selma Tuesday night, Pittman is looking for some growth out of his team regardless of what the scoreboard reads.

“I would love to see some growth with us being patient,” Pittman said. “Defensively, when things are not going as well as they should, I want to see a little fight in us. When things aren’t going well, we’ve had a tendency to want to get down on ourselves. That’s not typical of a Demopolis Lady Tigers basketball team. I want to see us show a little fight.”

The Lady Tigers will enter Selma a week removed from the trouncing they suffered in Meridian a game that saw Demekia Marshall’s 11 points as the only DHS double-digit scoring total in the books.

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Pittman and his squad have used the layoff to ready for Selma’s penchant for creating turnovers and feeding its transition game.

“You’re going to expect to see some good pressure from the guards. They’re a lot like us as far as wanting to create turnovers and get up the floor and get some easy baskets,” Pittman said. “We’ve been working really hard on being strong with the basketball versus pressure and really looking over the defense and trying to take what the defense gives us.”

Demopolis’ ability to be successful in that game likely will also hinge on its ability to get its post players involved. Sophomore six-footers Shadijiah Moore and Breanna Jones have been less then impactful in the Lady Tigers most recent games.

“We’ve really been looking for ways to get the big girls involved. They’ve been absent the last couple of games as far as scoring and rebounding,” Pittman said. “As a coach, I’ve got to find ways to get them touches.”

The Lady Tigers have gotten a partial lift from the return of junior guard Kiera Carter, their emotional leader. Last season, Carter suffered a significant knee injury that kept her sidelined for nearly a full year. Before suffering the injury, Carter drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to knock off the Lady Saints 43-42 in Selma.

“Kiera is back. She’s working her way back in,” Pittman said. “She’s making her presence known as far as leadership. She’s not in the shape that we want her in right now, but it’s coming. I really predict she’ll give us a big lift toward the end of January as we get ready for the playoffs.”