Lady Tigers return to form with win in Linden

Published 1:32 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Aniya Johnson led all scorers with 16 points in the Lady Tigers come from behind effort to beat Linden 35-28

Aniya Johnson led all scorers with 16 points in the Lady Tigers come from behind effort to beat Linden 35-28

Looking for their first win of the season, The Demopolis High School Lady Tigers faced an uphill battle against last year’s Class 1A finalist Linden Lady Patriots, who return most of the talent from that championship game appearance.

However, the Lady Tigers (1-2) used a strong fourth quarter surge to defeat the Lady Patriots (0-1) 35-28 and claim the first win of the 2016-2017 season.

“I challenged them to show some grit and they delivered,” said DHS Lady Tigers Head coach Tony Pittman. “We have a team full of freshmen and it can be difficult to get them to see why we do things the way they do. But once they do see, it gives them a chance to learn and grow together.”

Aniya Johnson led DHS with 16 points with Sylvia Clayton contributed seven points from the point guard position

Amber Richardson led Linden with 14 points.

The Lady Patriots got out to a small lead finishing with 9-3 advantage at the end of the first.

It was more of the same for the second quarter as defense prevailed, but the Lady Tigers were able to pull even 13-13 heading to half.

While Linden gained a 21-19 edge heading to the final quarter, DHS used a 16-7 run in the fourth to gain 35-28 final advantage.

The Lady Tigers dropped their first two games on the road with a 61-25 loss to Greensboro and a 39-34 defeat in Selma.