Pictured is Jr Lady Tiger, Kaylee Ward
Coach Joshua Bryan has done great things when it comes to the Mansfield Lady Tigers basketball program. The Sr Lady Tigers finished last season with a two-win improvement from the previous season along with a first-round bid to District which was a big leap from where they came from. The Jr Lady Tigers finished their 2019-2020 season as both Conference and District champs. Jump to now, and both teams are already proving successful just a few games into the 2020-2021 basketball season.
The Jr Lady Tigers are 3-0 after their most recent 36-19 win over Booneville on Monday, November 16. Captian, Alyson Edwards, led with 17 points along with 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Kaylee Ward earned her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. She was also 2 steals away from a triple-double and 3 blocked shots away from a triple/quadruple-double. Kynslee Ward earned 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 steals. Cole Smith made 2 points and 1 rebound. Ambria Whittaker scored 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Raine Hecox netted 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Kaylie Lowery got 1 rebound. And Trinity Triska got 3 steals.
On Tuesday, November 17, the Sr Lady Tigers held their home and season opener against the Booneville Lady Bearcats but ended falling short 44-29. Makayla Strutton took charge with 10 points, Sadie Roberts earned 6, Brooke Wright got 5, Kiara Thomas and Chloe Creekmore each earned 3, and Sarah Fisher made 2. The Sr Lady Tigers secured 32 team rebounds with Thomas on top with 8 of those and 13 team steals with Roberts leading with 5.
The Lady Tigers had no time to rest as they turned around on Wednesday, November 18 to take on The New School in Fayetteville. After a decisive 49-16 victory, the Sr Lady Tigers are 1-1 in season play. Creekmore finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 steal. Strutton earned 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 steals. Roberts scored 10 points, 1 rebound, and 7 steals. Thomas made 2 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Wright netted 2 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. Fisher obtained 2 points and 4 rebounds. And Danielle Lillie got 1 rebound and 3 steals.
There’s little time between the Sr Lady Tigers victory and their conference opener versus The Future School on Friday, November 20 at home starting at 6 pm. The girls are inviting the community to come on out to show support and enjoy an exciting night of Mansfield basketball.
The Jr Lady Tigers will be back in action along with the rest of the Mansfield Jr and Sr teams next Tuesday, November 24 against Waldron at Waldron as they all fight it out in the Battle for Scott County.