Staff photo by Joshua Reese

Wharton Lady Tigers’ Courtney Coleman keeps the ball away from a Brookshire Royal defender during a district game Tuesday, Jan. 19

A rough fourth quarter from the Wharton Lady Tigers allowed the Brookshire Royal Lady Falcons to go on the road and win an important district matchup. 

Brookshire Royal’s senior guard Jade Abanathy took 17 free throws in the fourth quarter, helping the Lady Falcons push past Wharton, 60-39, at Tiger Gym Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Needing a District 25-4A win, the Lady Tigers played Brookshire Royal tight for three quarters. Wharton’s junior point guard Justaisha Holmes kept her teammates in the game with a team-high 15 points. Holmes answered the Lady Falcons’ scores with drives to the rim and tough layups.

Midway through the third quarter and into the fourth, her guard counterpart senior J’Kayla Davis got in foul trouble. With Davis on the bench, Brookshire Royal turned up its pressure and made Holmes fight through triple teams when bringing the ball up the court.

The full-court press caused Wharton turnovers and led to fouls on the other end of the court to stop layups. The result was a foul-heavy game that saw 51 free throws between the teams.

In the first half, the Lady Tigers attacked the glass on both ends of the court and went into the locker room leading, 30-23. Wharton scored multiple times on put backs early. The Lady Tigers’ defense kept Brookshire Royal out of the paint and held it to knock down three-point shots.

Royal fueled by free-throws, turnovers, and layups, outscored the Lady Tigers, 37-9, in the second half.

With the loss, the Lady Tigers are 0-4 in district play.

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