“We said in the locker room that we have to concentrate on us and not worry about what was going on in the tournament,” TC head coach Romeo Lagmay said. “There were three upsets today. The No.1 seeds for the men and the women were knocked off by the last seed. I told them ‘hey, it is crazy in post season. We just need to play our game and stay focused. Know that we are the better team in the conference and stay confident. I told them to back each other up out there and protect each other as you play. We need a lot of energy from the bench and on the court. We came out there on fire. I was proud of them; they made a few mistakes, but they adjusted. I told them that they were going to make mistakes, but it all about keep their composure and being able to bounce back from those mistakes.”
Lagamy said he was pleased with senior Lynice Schallberger’s performance on Thursday.
“Lynice Schallberger stepped up big,” Lagmay said. “When she scored in double figures we are usually on pace for a good victory. Bianca Thomas did not show up today. She got in early foul trouble. We had a junior named Maurissa Morones who had 11 rebounds. She came out of nowhere; she scored two points, but had 11 rebounds. She defended their best post player that is not in the book, but she defended the best post player. We found a new source of energy and another weapon that came about. We went to her and Bianca sat most of the time. What is good about our team is that other people can step up. Sometimes we don’t know when they need to step up, but they step up when need be. I am expecting a lot from the seniors. I told them after the game ‘if you didn’t do to well today, forget about it, learn from it and do well tomorrow. That is the attitude we have going in and we are moving on one game at a time.”
The Lady Tornadoes take on third seed Southern University New Orleans today at 5 p.m. SUNO defeated Dillard 75-34 in their first round game. SUNO held Dillard to 19 percent from the field. GCAC Player of the Year April Perry scored 22 points. TC and SUNO split their two meetings in the regular season. The Lady Knight won the first meeting 76-68 in January. TC won the second meeting 72-68 in February.
“SUNO—that is going to be an interesting game,” Lagmay said. “SUNO obliterated Dillard in the first round. Dillard has seven players with one talented player. We split in the regular season and I don’t think they have their post player there. 00 is their best player and she is going to be out of the game, but they are still talented without her. We split in the regular season and it is going to be a toe-to-toe grind. We are at the point where our mentality is we really don’t care who we play, it is us. We know that we are that good and we are going to go out there and give it everything that we got.”