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Despite making strides this season, Lady Rebels endure another district defeat

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Lady Rebel Sara Hall dribble Lady Rebel walkout Lady Rebels Quinn in lane

Just a glimpse of the Tipton-Rosemark Academy Lady Rebels’ record entering last Friday night made it clear the team was having a solid season.
Since the arrival of Head Coach Shari Armour three seasons ago, TRA has steadily improved.
This year’s mark going into the USJ Lady Bruins contest was 9-9. But the Lady Rebel’s overall record was a little deceiving.
If TRA dropped the game to USJ, its record would drop to 0-5 in league play. And the Lady Bruins were able to make shots on the TRA Gymnasium floor while the Lady Rebels couldn’t string togther shot leading to a 65-24 loss.
“We have to figure out how to break it all down when it comes district time,” Armour acknowledged. “We have to put it all in play then learn how to block out, ‘Oh, it’s a district game.’ We’re having a hard time right now coming into our district keeping our heads up and being confident. And that’s one of the things we have to start breaking down.”
Armour said one clear issue is her players getting over the mental block of who their opponents are.
“Those names on the jersey may be getting to them,” she said. “We have to be more confident. We have to keep shooing. We have to understand that we are getting better and that we are competing at a higher level.”
Before kicking off district play, the Lady Rebels traveled to Obion County for a holiday tournament picking up wins over public schools like Ripley and Humboldt. South Fulton was only able to beat TRA by four points and host Obion County managed to pull away late from the Lady Rebels.
With the momentum, Armour had high hopes heading into the district schedule. But games against Fayette Academy, St. George’s and Rossville Christian left TRA winless in league.
Ahead 2-1 Friday night after a Hannah Quinn basket, the Lady Rebels’ defense was working for the first portion of the opening period. Then the Lady Bruins were able to hit a jumper.
USJ used their defense to create buckets leading to a 16-2 lead entering the second quarter. The Lady Bruins outscored TRA 20-6 in the second quarter. The Lady Rebels got points from Sara Hall and Taylor Beasley.
Hall and Beasley scored in the third quarter as well along with teammate Ally Naifeh. The forward hit two three-pointer in the period for TRA.
Despite a few bright moments, USJ was in control of the games handing TRA it’s fifth league loss. Armour said her team has to process all five games and realize it has the potential to win some games.
“We have to find our confidence,” she concluded. “And we have to learn that we are not the same team we were before I got here. We’re not the same team that we were when I first got here. We are a totally different team. It’s just getting them to believe in themselves.”

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