Lady Gryphons falter in Round 1

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 09:50 PM

Sometimes the postseason is a whole different animal than the regular season. The Thomas Jefferson Lady Gryphons found that out first hand as they were upset by Highland Tech, 42-31, in the opening round of the Southern Piedmont Conference Tournament Wednesday at Cool Springs.

"We beat this team pretty good when we played them the first two times,” said TJCA head coach Roy Parton.”But you never can tell what’s going to happen this time of year. We just didn’t play well. Hopefully, we have done enough to get in the playoffs. These girls deserve to keep playing."  

The game was tight early as the teams split the first 12 points. Rachael Tevis then drained deep 3 to break the tie and give the Lady Gryphons a 9-6 lead. A Gracie Hollifield runner kept the bulge at three, 11-8, at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Rams Madison Armstrong hit two 3s in the second quarter, but the big story was TJCA’s inability to break the Highland Tech press. They finally went over the top to Tevis and Alethia Griffin for layups to cut the deficit to 19-17.  Armstrong capped the scoring with a layup to make the halftime score 21-17.

The Lady Gryphons seemed fall apart in the third quarter. The Lady Ram press continued to cause havoc. They only managed seven points in quarter, six from Tevis, as the Gryphons trailed 32-24.

TJCA made a comeback in the fourth. By the time Tevis sank a layup, they cut the deficit to 35-31 with 2:11 left. But Armstrong converted a three-point play and the Lady Gryphons were held scoreless for the rest of the game, falling 42-31.

Tevis led TJCA with 17 points while Armstrong garnered 24 for Highland Tech.

TJCA will learn their playoff fate Saturday.