“I think the inexperience of being out there was part of it,” Copeland said of the Tigers’ late-game struggles. “But everyone on the floor contributed to that. They also all contributed to us playing a heck of a game. Every day we get a little closer.”
The freshmen, playing in just their second varsity game, were a big part of that. Franks recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Darieanna Hunter added six points and six boards as well. That provided enough for support for Ely, who got the Tigers off to a six-point first-quarter lead by scoring 15 in the frame. After a rough second quarter in which the Tigers gave up seven of the Bulldogs’ 12 offensive rebounds. Ely again caught fire in the second half, hitting several deep shots and providing the Tigers with big shots down the stretch.
“Taylor was unreal tonight,” Copeland said. “What I most liked was that every shot she had came within the confines of the offense.”
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