Lady Tornadoes open road trip at rival SUNO
by LaVonte Young
Jan 17, 2014 | 776 views |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA- For the first time in school history, the Talladega College Lady Tornadoes are ranked in the NAIA top 10. TC head coach Romeo Lagmay is excited about the accomplishment, but he knows there is a lot of basketball still to be played.

“The top 10 is a big accomplishment,” Lagmay said. “I had one of my players in here Sadie Fleschner in for our individual meeting and we just hi fived one another. I told the team and they are very excited just because we have been working hard. We have been working hard and it is a big accomplishment for us. You play to win, you play for something and that was obviously one of our accomplishments to be nationally ranked, we didn’t know where but we will take a top 10 seeding. We met before practice that day and we said that we are going to be humble and appreciative of that.”

Lagmay knows that their top 10 ranking could be short lived if they don’t play their best basketball each night as the target on their backs gets larger.

”We know that the conference season just started. That 10th ranking could last four and half days if we don’t end up being victorious this weekend. Our goal is to focus on SUNO, who is our next opponent and Xavier after that. It is always tough to win in New Orleans. But the girls needed to hear that they are doing well. We have been blessed with only one loss this season, so we want to keep that going. My seniors want to continue the ride, because they know this is their last roll call. That is what we are playing for as much success that we can get and we are continuing to practice hard. Nothing is truly accomplished until you earn some championships we feel. Here at this institution, we feel and the administration feels that what we strive for championships.”

The Lady Tornadoes open an eight game road trip today against Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference foe Southern University at New Orleans at 3 p.m. TC will also have stops at Xavier and Dillard during the next week.

“Obviously, it is going to be a dog fight in New Orleans,” Lagmay said. “There is always some tension there because Xavier and SUNO who were in the national tournament last year and I wasn’t. Since I have been in the conference we are always on the cusp of being there, but Xavier has been in the top 20 or top 15 and SUNO just broke into it last year. We feel here in Alabama that we have always been overlooked. Now we are on top and they are not. Xavier is not in the top 25 and SUNO fell out the rankings all together. So their only chance of getting any kind type of moving up in the polls is to beat us and that is the same thing for us. If we want to stay in the top 10 and move up we need to beat both of those teams, because they are the only prominent teams in our conference. Any other teams in the conference really don’t give us any worthy points to move up. So between us three we are all trying to figure out how we are going to beat one another to stay afloat in the national polls and also to win the conference. Yeah we have the better record of all those schools, but right now Xavier and us are undefeated in the conference and SUNO has one loss with Xavier beating them by 22. It is going to be interesting and I think they are happy that we are playing over there, because we are undefeated here at home and we know we don’t lose here. We always beat them since they have been coming over here, so it is in their favor to have home court advantage, but it is not in their favor with us being a top 10 team. We are very confident and we are getting stronger and powerful as each game goes.”

Jamie Robinson earned GCACC Player of the Week honors for Jan. 12. She averaged 18 points per game and 11 rebounds. She scored 23 points in TC’s win against Tennessee Temple. For the season, she averages 14 points per game-she is one of four Lady Tornadoes that averages double figures in scoring.

“Jamie recently got player of the week in the conference,” Lagmay said. “She was nominated to be Player of the Week nationally in the NAIA. She is doing very well and garnishing double-doubles. The reason we are having so much success is because a lot of players average double digits. Ryven Jackson, Ryann Drear, Tianna Jones and finally Jordin Feldman is giving us really good quality minutes as far as quality minutes and points. Her confidence has been up since the break and it has been great for us. We felt like that was our weak point at one time, but now it is looking really good. Arielle George is silently killing people with 3-pointers and making layups against certain defenses. It like when we play a team you can’t focus on one player with us; it is like pick your poison. Do you want to stop the inside play, then you have to stop an outside player. If you want to stop an outside player then you have to stop an inside player and Jamie is a very versatile player. She can take it coast to coast, she can post up, she hits shots from the perimeter. She is the leader in almost every category on our team except assists. She is nationally ranked in a few statistical categories, so we are really happy about that.”