The Troy Lady Trojans are off to a bumpy start as they went 1-2 for opening season of the 2012-2013 Girls Varsity basketball season.
According to Lady Trojans Head Coach Bryce Gregory, the Lady Trojans competed early against the Rockbridge Lady Bruins. However, turnovers and lack of size cost them a 60-31 loss in game one.
“They have five players over six-foot-two and it was hard for us to match up against them,” said Gregory. “Rockbridge won Class Five last year and have essentially everyone back from that team, so they are well stacked.”
Leading the way for the Lady Trojans was Hannah Henderson with nine points.
Next up for the girls was Saint Joseph’s Academy Lady Angels where the Lady Trojans played tough for the first quarter but would find foul trouble once again.
“They are a solid team that has two Division one players,” said Gregory. “Ultimately after the first quarter they forced us to play softer then we would have liked too.”
Leading the way for the Lady Trojans was Madeline Thoroughman with 13 points and six rebounds.
“We had to play catch up the entire game,” said Gregory. “However, these last two games were great in helping prepare us for the regular season.”
Although they found themselves in the beginnings of a losing streak, the Lady Trojans didn’t seem to give up as they took on the Timberland Lady Wolves in round on of the Troy Tournament and pulled off a 69-25 victory.
“We were up 11-6 after a slow first quarter but then we exploded for 28 in the second, while shooting for 80 percent from the floor,” said Gregory. “We got the ball down on the floor in transition, which led to easy, wide open looks at the basket.”
According to Gregory, he had eight players score in the quarter and the third quarter followed up with more balanced scoring.
“We forced over 20 turnovers and turned them into easy baskets,” Gregory said.
Leading the Lady Trojans was Haley Meyer with 14 points, followed by Thoroughman and McKala Lawler, each with nine points.
“We had great balance with eight different girls scoring six or more points, so I’d say we are off to a good start,” said Gregory.