LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPES ROUNDUP: Albany Tech's men, women down Enterprise; Lady Cavs win second in a row

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Second chance points proved to be the difference for the Albany Tech Lady Titans in Friday's 73-59 home win against the Enterprise-Ozark Lady Weevils.

Despite missing a plethora of shots, the Lady Titans made up for them by grabbing offensive rebounds and taking high-percentage shots.

"That is something we preach a lot, the need to hit the boards," Albany Tech head coach Kenneth Williams said. "We always want our frontcourt players hitting the boards and we practice that every day. A lot of times we have trouble scoring so rebounding for us is very important."

Jasmine Vaughn had a game-high 16 points, including two three-pointers. Quanesha Smith dropped 13 points and Tanesha Foxworth and Tierra Harrison both had 11 points.

Trailing practically the entire first half, the Lady Titans captured the lead with about four minutes into the second half and pushed it up to double-digits with fewer than 10 minutes to go in the game thanks to an effective trap game.

"We knew we could trap them because their ball handlers could not handle the ball very well," Williams said. "We wanted to trap them in the corner and up top. We were flat in the first half and the ladies responded in the second half, so I am please with win."



The Albany Tech Titans nearly allowed a second-half comeback because of missed free throws down the stretch.

Playing from behind much of the second half, the Titans' transition defense and aggressiveness on offense opened up the door for them to take lead with about nine minutes in regulation and edge out an three points win.

"We did what we had to do to get the win by attacking the glass but missing free throws is not something we would like to see continue," Albany Tech head coach Sylvester Patterson said. "Missing free throws has been our Achilles heel so we want to try and put a stop to that right away."

A key defensive adjustment late in the game switching from a zone defense to man defense also played a pivotal role in the Titans close victory.

Dominique Polite led his team with 20 points.



Ahead by only five at halftime, 34-29, the Lady Cavs came out smoking in the second half, led by 20 points from Marah Wright, 17 from Dominique Gilbert and 10 points from Ashley Holt. Gilbert also recorded 11 rebounds for a double-double and Holt added 5 assists and 3 blocks.

"We just played harder," said Darton coach Laura Blackwell, whose team has now won two games in a row after being in mired in a losing streak the last couple of weeks.