Lady Cards rally to beat Angelina, 55-49

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

Talk about a comeback!

Early in the fourth quarter, the second-ranked Lady Cards found themselves on the short end of a 13-point deficit. Fast forward to the seven-minute mark and the comeback was on.

The Lady Cards, ignited by defense, caught fire and rallied to score a 55-49 road win against No. 19 Angelina Wednesday night. The Lady Cards outscored Angelina 25-10 in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Cards took their first lead of the game on a pair of Jasmine Smith free throws at the 1:44 mark, going up 49-47. The comeback was highlighted on the offensive end by back-to-back Tra’dayja Smith three-pointers. Curtessia Dean also had a big three-pointer as the Lady Cards took control.

Dean led the Lady Cards with 14 points, including three three-pointers. Tra’dayja Smith had 13, also with three three-pointers. Arleighshya McElroy finished with 11 points.

Jnaya Walker had a team-high 13 rebounds.

The Lady Cards trailed 27-17 at the half.

The win improved the Lady Cards to 10-0 on the year and 2-0 in Region XIV Conference. Angelina fell to 10-1 and 1-1.

The Lady Cards are scheduled to be at home Saturday in their final outing before the holiday break, hosting Blinn at 2 p.m.

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The sixth-ranked Cardinals are headed home for the holidays at 13-1 after a 102-76 non-conference road win Wednesday night against Eastfield.

The Cardinals exploded in the second half to improve to 13-1 on the season. The score was tied 45-45 at the half.

Tyson Jolly tossed in 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Cardinals.

Also scoring in double figures were Jairus Roberson with 18, Bruce “BJ” Simmons 16, Marquan Williams 14 and David Nickelberry 13.

Roberson, Simmons and Williams each had three three-pointers.

The Cardinals, 2-0 in conference, are scheduled to return to action Jan. 4 at Lamar State-PA.

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