By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Madison Southern Lady Eagles were no match physically for Tates Creek and fell to the Lady Commodores 74-53 Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles only trailed the Lady Commodores 37-27 at the half, but a dominant third quarter in which Tates Creek outscored Southern 31-17 to take a 68-44 lead, blowing the game open.
The out-manned Lady Eagles tried to fight back in the fourth quarter with point guard Rachel Ramey doing most of the damage, scoring six of the team’s nine points, but it wasn’t enough.
The Lady Commodores physicality on the inside and on their full-court press forced the Lady Eagles into numerous turnovers.
A disappointed Southern coach Summer Simmons said she felt like her team was intimidated.
“They were tough on defense. They are bigger than us and they are stronger than us. When that happens we tend to not want the ball and that is what it boils down to. The only thing I can think of is fear,” Simmons said. “Rachel stepped up and started taking it to the baskets and Brianna Lanham played hard throughout the game, but we have to have all five players not afraid to take the risk to get things done that need to be done to get a win. The fourth quarter is too late to start playing hard.”
Lanham led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 14 points. Kelly Freeman and Ramey finished with 12 points each, while Samantha Parms added eight and seventh-grader Ashlyn Clark had two points.
The Lady Eagles are back in action Friday when they travel to Model for a 7:30 game.
Simmons said the next two days will be spent on defense and executing against a press.
“Tomorrow we are going to focus a lot on our defense and a lot on being able to drive under pressure and dribble the ball,” Simmons said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”