Triton Central’s offense has been in sleepwalk mode through two games of the Tigers holiday tournament. And it's on the team’s own home floor.
Triton Central scored 14 points in the first half of the tournament’s first game, a 43-34 come-from-behind win over Franklin County. Later that night, the Lady Tigers scored just 16 points in the first half while hanging on to a four-point lead at the midway point in what became a 49-37 semifinal win over Southport.
A quicker start may be needed for the Tigers to win the tournament championship. #4 (2A) Triton Central (14-1) hosts 3A Danville (11-3) at 7:30 pm Wednesday.
In Tuesday’s semifinal, Southport held a one-point lead in the closing seconds of the third period but turned the ball over in the backcourt. TC’s Maddy Brown contributed in the steal and then followed a Maia Harris missed shot with a putback as time expired to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish going into the final quarter, 30-29.
The Tigers defense didn’t allow a Southport point until a three-pointer from junior forward Marianna Martinez with 1:29 to play.
Tigers head coach Bryan Graham talked about trying to get adjusted to the loss of point guard Jenna Cox to a season-ending injury.
Brown led Triton Central with 15 points. Also in double figures, Olivia Faust scored 14 and Brooklyn Bailey came off the bench to add 11.
Southport (8-7) was led by 13 points apiece from Lela Scott and CeCe Mitchell.
Danville reached the title game with wins over Elkhart, 35-31, and Heritage Christian, 56-39.