Dominant play across the board carried the Dripping Springs Lady Tigers to a one-sided 47-20 win over the Seguin Matadors Friday at Tiger Gym.
The Tiger defense flexed its muscles early, as senior Cassie Louthan came away with two steals on the Matadors first two possessions.
Tiger Senior Danielle Northrup scored the first points of the game, making one of her two free throws. The Tigers were not done defensively, as senior Annie Hudson came away with steals on back-to-back drives. By the end of the first quarter, Dripping Springs had nine steals, and led the game 13-4.
Seguin scored more than four points in a quarter only once in the entire game.
Dripping Springs started off the second quarter the same way it ended the first, as Annie Hudson went coast-to-coast, grabbing a steal and finishing with a layup. She tallied five points and recorded four total steals.
The Tigers as a whole recorded 20 turnovers in the first half alone. Northrup dominated the second quarter, scoring nine of her team’s 11 points, and the Tigers went into halftime leading 24-8.
With the lead in hand, Dripping Springs did not let up in the third quarter. Louthan drilled a two-point shot to kick off the quarter. Junior Julia Graham came out of the half hot defensively, recording a block and steal in the first few minutes of the quarter, while Northrup dropped six more points in the frame.
Dripping Springs went into the fourth quarter with a commanding 37-12 lead.
The big fourth quarter lead allowed head coach David Norris to play some of his bench players.
“I was able to play deep into the bench, and that was my goal. To get some of my starters plenty of rest,” Norris said.
Senior Alexa Stavros, freshman Ally Beck and several others saw playing time in the quarter. The Tigers’ win improved the team to 20-11 on the season.
Offensively, the Tigers shot 41.2 percent from the field, 18.2 percent from three-point range.
Northrup led her team offensively by scoring 14 points. She also came down with two rebounds and recorded three steals. Louthan finished with six points, seven assists, five steals, and three rebounds.
Sophomore Sarah Nading, senior Shelby Hartman and Beck all finished with five points.
Norris, who is in his first year guiding the Lady Tigers, said reaching the 20 win milestone was an impressive feat
“That’s one of our goals, a 20 win season,” Norris said.
Despite this, he and his team are not satisfied, and plan to play deep into the playoffs.
“We’re not done yet. We’re fighting, and this next week is going to be big, two road trips and good teams,” Norris said.
Dripping Springs Tigers return to action Jan. 26, when they travel to play at Boerne Champion.