“We didn’t have any one in double figures in scoring,” TC head coach Romeo Lagmay said. “Thomesha Smith was the only that rebounded in double figures with 10 rebounds. They out rebounded us 52-36 and that is not good. They had a role player in No. 21 who had 15 rebounds, 00 had 11. We had no one there, but Thomesha Smith. Our seniors didn’t step up like they should. Our seniors combined for a total of 10 rebounds, just two players on their team had 26. Sabrina Scott had 12 by her self, so that didn’t help out. They played real good perimeter defense where we weren’t able to get any threes off by our sharp shooters in Arielle George and Ryann Drear. Arielle George did fine, she hit 2-pointers and no 3 –pointers. Turnovers turned into their offense. I don’t know what it was, but they scored a lot off our turnovers and that was the game plan for that not to happen and it happened. It is unfortunate they scored off our turnovers and we didn’t know how to adjust to that. We just kept turning the ball over; their defensive pressure was really good.”
TC struggled offensively in the first half, but they were able to stay within striking distance.
SUNO went on a 13-3 run in the first half to take a 21-11 lead. April Perry scored nine of her 11 first-half points during the run.
TC struggled shooting the ball in the first half. The Lady Tornadoes went 5-30 from the field and a miserable 17 percent from the field.
Bianca Thomas scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds in the first half.
Ryann Drear hit a pair of free throws to cut the SUNO lead down to 24-15 with seven seconds left in the half.
Janee Morton hit a shot at the buzzer to put the Lady Knights ahead 26-17.
The Lady Tornadoes opened the second half on a 10-4 run. Smith scored six straight points for TC.
SUNO responded with a 15-6 run to increase their lead 45-33. The Lady Knights defense held TC to 3-16 in 3 –pointers and their defense also gave Thomas fits in the low post. The All-GCAC performer went 3-18 from the field for nine points.
“We came out in the second half and made a nice little run,” Lagmay said. “We were down by one and we had a run for about six minutes. We came back real hard and that was it. The rest of the 34 minutes it was really tough for us. It came down to SUNO was really that good tonight and we didn’t play our full game. We need everyone to step up and only a few players stepped up. For the most part I am proud of the team. We had 20 wins and three girls with knee injuries and I am not trying to make excuses. We had three impact players out with ACL injuries and coming back from starting the season 4-6. We had 20 wins and making it to the semifinals, I call that a pretty good season. I am proud of those girls and what we had to deal with.”
Smith led TC with nine points and 10 rebounds.