“Danielle Padgett played a big game for us,” TC head coach Romeo Lagmay said. “She had some solid rebounds, she made some key shots, and she played solid defense. I think she played an overall great game. She was prepared for it; she wanted to win out big. She said that a week and a half or two weeks ago that’s she was trying to win out big. She and the rest of the team do not want the season to end. On senior night we all played for her and I do that every year, we play for our seniors. We want them to have a good experience and win out big with a big smile on their face. Obviously, we beat Voorhees, who was 22-6 at the time and one of the top in the nation. It was pay back from last time when they beat us by 16 (points).”
The Lady Tornadoes (13-17) have found their stride at the right time. TC has won seven of their nine games in the month of February.
“We are peaking at the right time,” Lagmay said. “We hope that the intensity and discipline carries on next week when we go on to the tournament. We are hopeful and confident now. We know what we are capable of. We are beating top teams and we have done it earlier in the season. We have all the confidence in the world that if we are disciplined we can take on any team. What I have been doing differently is I told the girls in the locker room tonight to play for each other, play with one another and just have fun out there. Congratulate each other when you make a good pass, a good screen, a good shot and know that we are in this together. They are peaking at the right time, I am proud of them. They responded well and they responded at the right time. We started off pretty bad with a lot of losses, but we all know that there are three different seasons in basketball. There is preseason, in season and now it is post season, anything happens there. It is the frenzy and madness that takes place.”
After trailing 10-6 early in the first half, the Lady Tornadoes went on a 17-4 run to take a 25-14 lead with 2:48 left before halftime. Ebony Richardson scored six points during the run. TC took a 30-21 lead into halftime.
The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Tornadoes 11-7 to start the second half to cut their lead down to 37-32. Padgett capped off a quick 5-0 run for TC to increase their lead to back to 10 points 42-32.
Voorhees continued claw their way back into the game, but Shaklia Cole nailed three 3-pointers to seal the victory. Her last 3-pointer of the game pushed TC’s lead to 57-50 with 5:29 left in the game.
“Shaklia has always hit those big shots towards the end,” Lagmay said. “She is having a mediocre year. People are doubting me on why she is in the line up, but I know what Shaklia is capable of doing. She has done it before. She pulls though at the end when you don’t think she will. She is not under pressure, she will cause a few turnovers, but she will hit some key shots.”
Richardson led TC’s balanced scoring attack with 15 points. Cole scored 14 points, while Tiara Perry scored 13 points.
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