Under pressure: Tiger's force 23 turnovers, make 23 free throws in win

Twenty-three makes and nine misses.

The Lady Tigers made their free throws when they counted and forced 23 St. Stephens turnovers to pick up the Northwestern 3A/4A victory.

Nine of the Lady Indian's turnovers in the game came in the third quarter, which allowed Foard to distance themselves from their opponents.

"The intensity level in the third quarter made all the difference in the world," said Lady Tigers head coach Wendy Price. "Every time we run our press well, we get turnovers. They turned it up out there. Just getting those layups off the turnovers was important."

Also helping the Tigers (11-5, 4-3) was a 20-point fourth quarter, with 11 of those points coming from guard Toyna Propst.

"The intensity of everyone else playing hard made me want to play harder," Propst said. "I just pushed as hard as I could and just tried to score."

Price talked about Propst's development as a player while at Fred T. Foard.

"She is growing," Price said. "She is a senior. From where she started when I had her as a freshman to where she is now, she has grown tremendously. She has become a major scorer and leader on our team. I am happy to have her."

Foul trouble plagued the Indians in the early going. Morgan Bibey, who was the leading scorer for the Tribe (2-17, 1-8) in the early part of the first quarter, picked up her second foul with just 21.3 second left in the quarter.

That was just part of a quarter that featured seven fouls by the Indians. Foard made Stephens pay by making seven of their eight free opportunities in the opening quarter. Post player Brooke Robinson had six of those.

"Brooke had an outstanding game tonight," Price said. "Her shooting percentage was high and she didn't miss very many shots."

Robinson talked about her mentality when approaching the free-throw line.

"I just thought about coach," Robinson said. "All we work on are free throws. She drills it in our head. We have to make ten in a row before we leave practice sometimes. I just wanted to get my free throws down."

St. Stephen's Lauren Simmons would connect on a lay up with 0.6 second remaining in the first to cut the lead down to just 20-12 after one quarter.

While the Tigers made their free changes in the first, three early chances in the second quarter resulted in just three points.

The Indians had chances to score off those misses, but couldn't convert, including five straight missed shots on one possession. Not helping them either were 11 first half turnovers.

Foard stretched their lead into double-digits towards the middle part of the quarter, but the Tribe managed to cut that down to just 35-27 at the halftime break. That was due in part to six points from Krysta Sigmon in the second quarter. She scored eight points in the first half.

Once again in the second half, the Tigers made their free throws. They were 11-for-16 in the half and finished 23-for-32 in the game.

"We shot the ball really well free throw-wise," said Lady Tigers coach Wendy Price. "It was a pretty aggressive game and there were a lot of fouls. That is generally to our favor because our free throw shooting percentage has usually been pretty high."

Robinson and Propst both finished with 16 points each to lead the Lady Tigers in the victory. Chelsea Turner added 13 points in the win.

Sigmon led the Tribe with 11 points. Lauren Simmons added nine points and Victoria Lavelle scored eight points.

The Lady Tigers now prepare for a tough stretch that includes three games in the next four days.

"It's always great when everyone on your team gets to play and you get your subs in," Price said. "It is going to be tough for us. We go to Watauga on Saturday, we play Monday at South Caldwell and play Watauga again on Tuesday. It was important for us to have fresh legs going into the game."