Tucker scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed en route to a 73-64 home win against Southwest DeKalb on Dec. 17.
“I was going to be very upset if we lost because we had the lead the whole game,” Tucker coach Robin Potter said. “When they made their run there in the fourth quarter, I was like ‘boy if we blow this I’m going to be really upset’ but I felt like we stepped up.”
Naima Jackson scored a game-high 22 points and fellow seniors Erykah Davenport and Nuba Jackson both added 12. Davenport, a Miami signee, also had 16 rebounds, three blocks and three steals despite being limited due to foul trouble.
Sophomore Daisa Alexander led the Lady Panthers with 15 points and Davion Wingate added 14. Highly touted junior Tynice Martin finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and five steals.
Not long after the opening tip, the Lady Tigers literally sprinted to a 9-0 lead and a 17-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Tucker was able to exploit Southwest DeKalb’s inability to get back in transition.
“We’ve been working a lot on the long outlet passes,” Potter said. “We were successful against them last year doing that so we told Erykah when she gets a rebound just throw it up the floor because the guards need to be releasing. If they are not there that is their fault.”
The Lady Panthers eventually adjusted and pulled even or close to claiming the lead in the last three quarters but Tucker had an answer for each rally, including the final 13-6 run.
“This was a big game,” Potter said. “Being able to execute against Southwest was huge.”