As Thayer welcomed the Salem Lady Tigers to town for a South Central Association matchup Jan. 11, some different issues came to light as the two squads took center stage.
Height, height and more height.
The Class 4 Lady Tigers had plenty of it to spare and used said height to knock off the Lady Bobcats 56-41.
Although Salem's much bigger post player and wings had an obvious advantage, the Lady Cats did a good job at blocking out and fighting for rebounds.
The Lady Bobcats used movement up top on offense, in an attempt to wear down the Salem defense.
However, the Lady Tigers played tough and held Thayer scoreless in the first quarter to lead 12-0 after one.
The Lady Cats got on the board in the second, but the offense was not able to put up too many shots.
Thayer Head Coach Steve Atkisson used some different player rotations in an attempt to play catchup.
But the Lady Tigers came out strong in the third and fourth quarters, and the Lady Bobcats just couldn't muster enough firepower to hold them off, as Salem went on to a 56-41 victory.
Krysta Adams knocked down four 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 14 points, but the Houston Lady Tigers still topped Thayer 45-37 Jan. 8.
The Lady Tigers outscored Thayer 16-9 in the fourth quarter to come away with the eight-point win.
Stevens added 12 points for the Lady Cats, while Kristen Earls and April Risner finished with four points apiece. Cabrales scored three points and snared 10 rebounds. Thayer.