Laura Walker’s Lady Tigers never got in sync offensively Tuesday night at home during their loss against the Mexia Lady Cats.

However, the Lady Tigers stayed within striking distance, but they could not get closer than seven in the final quarter as the Lady Cats won by that margin, 46-39, in non-district action at Tiger Gym.

Neither team played consistently in its respective half-court set as Mexia used a 10-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to take a 16-5 advantage. The lead ballooned to 13 (22-9) thanks to a 5-0 spurt and 16 (31-15) at intermission.

“Not running our offense (frustrated me the most in the first half),” Walker said. “We have been working since we came back from the tournament on Friday. We have been working on our offense, and they still did not do it. ...

“Discipline. They don’t have any on-the-court discipline. They won’t run the offense. That was the main thing (I addressed at halftime). They did it at the end of the game, but it was too late.”

Lady Tigers freshman point guard Capricia Jones paced the home team with nine points, while junior Shayla Mullin added eight points off the bench. Breunshae Jones and Brianna Cleveland scored six points apiece.

Mexia freshman post Krystal Beachum led all scorers with 15 points — 12 in the first half alone. Kaya Hobbs chipped in 10 points — all in the second half — as the Lady Cats did most of their damage from the charity stripe late in the contest.

“Second-chance points, fast-break layups and us not getting back (hurt us),” Walker said. “I told the girls at halftime they are beating us on free throws and layups. That’s it. They were not doing anything on offense. They weren’t pressing us, thank God, because we don’t do very well (handling that).

“They weren’t doing anything to knock us off key. They were finishing under the basket. We weren’t. They got to the free throw line. We didn’t get to the free throw line that much. That’s the main thing.”

The Lady Tigers (5-6) outscored Mexia, 23-15, after intermission.

“Mexia did a good job, but we just didn’t play,” Walker said. “We are capable of beating them. This team is not accustomed to coming from behind and winning. They are not accustomed to winning.

“If we get behind by even four points, mentally they are not thinking we still got this. It is a mental challenge and a discipline challenge. I am just going to keep working.”

A work in progress continues this weekend at the Fairfield Tournament. The Lady Eagles beat Corsicana, 53-31, at Tiger Gym on Nov. 21. Another Golden Circle team, Kerens, will also join the tourney field.

“The biggest challenge (right now) is the mental part because they’ve never been expected to win,” Walker said. “They have just always lost. It is hard to change that. We are working on it.”


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