Selma free throw beats Lady Tigers

Published 10:45 pm Friday, January 6, 2012

The Demopolis Lady Tigers led until the game’s final seconds Friday night en route to a 47-46 loss to Selma.

The Lady Tigers were forced to stand and watch as Selma scored the game’s decisive bucket from the free throw line to ice the win.

The Lady Tigers carried a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime and held serve by heading into the fourth quarter with a six-point lead.

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Selma cranked up the press in the fourth quarter and took advantage of a depleted Demopolis team that was missing two of its five starters.

Still, long-time Lady Tiger coach Tony Pittman knows his team had every opportunity to win the game.

“Very disappointed in our output from the free throw line,” Pittman said. “We were 10 of 20 from the free throw line. If we hit just a few more of those, I think it would have been a very different outcome.”

The Lady Saints outpaced Demopolis 12-5 over the game’s final quarter to pick up the win.

“We battled for every loose ball,” Pittman said. “Overall, I am very pleased with the effort.”

Pittman also praised the play of senior guard Megan Smith, who continued her work at the point guard spot as she filled in for the injured Jonniece Collins. Smith, the team’s customary shooting guard, led the Lady Tigers with 15 points on the night.

Tee Perkins added 12 points for Demopolis. Demekeia Marshall added eight points and Martina Smith had six.

The Lady Tigers play against Tuesday when they travel to Greensboro.