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Lady Tigers lose game one
Lions’ den: The Lady Tigers fell to an undefeated West Lake High School team in game one of the Peach State Holiday Classic. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The gym at Morehouse College was lined with teams from around the nation as the Peach State Holiday Classic entered its 15th year and the Lady Tigers were there to stake their claim Dec. 27.
What the Lady Tigers did not know was Westlake High School was there too. They were looking to add to their continuous winning streak. The Westlake Lady Lions were undefeated and they were not about to let succumb to a loss at the hand of a different class of feline.
As the teams faced off for their first game of the tournament, the Lady Lions showed the crowd why they continue to be the “queens of the jungle.” The Lady Lions chomped on the Lady Tigers, handing them a 44-62 loss.
“It was a hard loss,” Lady Tiger head coach Faye Baker said. “We lost by 18 points.”
Baker said she knew nothing about the Westlake Lions until they arrived in Atlanta. That is when she discovered they were an unbeaten squad of fast and ferocious felines.
“They were definitely a legitimate team,” she said. “Our players have never played against that caliber of players, especially on the inside moves. They exploited all our weaknesses, but that is one of the reasons why we are here.”
Baker said the tournament gave her girls an opportunity to play against the best in the state.
“It lets our kids see the type of basketball and intensity level that we need to get to in order to be competitive with teams throughout the state,” she said. “Even though we came up short, I think it was a good experience for us because now we know what we need to do. It was definitely an experience. We are here to play the best and to win we know we need to train harder and prepare harder for a team of that caliber,” she said.
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to face Erwin High School from Birmingham, Ala. for game two in the tournament.
The Courier will attempt to get the scores and details from that second game.
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