“Once again we had a good scouting report and the girls have been doing well in practice,” Lagmay said. “I am so used to wanting to coach everything and they are ahead of the game already. Mentally they are starting to be consistent. They are actually looking at one, two, three, four frames ahead instead of looking at one frame, so they get the idea how to play ball when things start to shift. In the game, they start adjusting to that shifting. That is one thing that we are good about: knowing what the other team does and more importantly knowing what we are supposed to do. We want teams to adapt to us, we don’t want to adapt to them. The girls are playing with a lot of energy; they love to play with one another. I think that is the good thing about our team. I told them have fun with each other, play for each other and that is what they are doing.”
Jamie Robinson got off to a fast start for the Lady Tornadoes in the first half. Robinson went 5-6 from the field in the first half. Robinson hit back-to-back jumpers, which helped spark a 12-0 run in the half. Ryven Jackson scored 4 points during the run including a jumper to make it 18-11. Jordin Feldman capped off the run with a layup to make it 20-11.
Amanda Rector kept Tennessee Temple close in the first half. Rector scored 11 points in the half, including a 3-pointer to cut the Lady Tornadoes lead to 20-14.
TC outscored Tennessee Temple 20-9 in the last 11:34 of the first half to take a 42-25 lead into halftime.
Ryann Drear got things started with a layup to increase the lead to 24-17 with 11:34 left in the half. Arielle George scored five of her 14 points in the first half. Her layup with 7:42 left in the half put TC ahead 32-21. Tianna Jones scored five of her 14 points in the first half. Her layup in transition made it 36-21. Consecutive baskets by Drear to end the half allowed the Lady Tornadoes to take a 17-point advantage at the end of the first half.
In the second half, Robinson went back to work on the Lady Crusaders. Robinson scored on a layup then converted a layup off a missed shot to increase TC lead to 50-27. Robinson had an efficient night for TC. The senior went 12-16 from the field and she led all scorers with 25 points and nine rebounds.
“Her goal is to get nothing less than a double-double,” Lagmay said. “I told her not too long ago, ‘Jamie, you are a senior you are better than what you are. You should be looking to be the No.1 player in the conference. That is your goal. At the same time, she understands that, but she does want to win. She will do whatever it takes to accomplish the goals individually, but as a whole she is looking for the team to win. She is one player that loves to play with the team. She had a real good game.”
George hit one of her four 3 pointers on the night to increase their advantage to 65-36. Hawkins converted a layup off an assist from Robinson to make it 69-38.
With the game out of reach, Hawkins put on a shooting exhibition. The 5-foot guard scored 11 of her 17 points in the final three minutes of the game. Hawkins hit three consecutive 3-pointers to increase the Lady Tornadoes lead to 50 points, 96-46. George closed out the scoring for TC with a 3-pointer from the right wing to give the Lady Tornadoes a 99-47 victory.
TC had five players in double digits. Ryven Jackson scored 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Drear scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
On the night, TC held Tennessee Temple to 26 percent from the field and they turned the ball over 12 times. Rector led the Lady Crusaders with 12 points (10 in the first half).
The Lady Tornadoes return to action Saturday as they host Gulf Coast Atlantic Coast foe Tougaloo at 3 p.m.