The Tigers had a hard time finding their rhythm on offense and defense as they fell to the Velma Jackson Falcons 58-46 in Region 4-3A action. The loss proved to be a tough setback for Ruleville as the team fell to 13-5 with a 3-4 mark in the region, while the Falcons improved to 16-7 with a 5-1 mark in the region.
After Friday’s action, Velma Jackson, East Side (4-1 reg.) and McClain (4-1 reg.) all had just one loss in the region as they are battling for the No. 1 seed. East Side and McClain battled on Saturday.
Tigers head basketball coach Don Bankhead wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.
“We played terrible tonight,” Bankhead said. “We missed shot after shot and we just couldn’t put it in the ocean tonight.”
In the middle of the third quarter, the Ruleville Central Tigers appeared to have the momentum going their way. Trailing 24-22, Ruleville’s Cory Turner and Tyquan Rule each went to the free throw due to two fouls called on Velma Jackson. Turner and Rule each made both of their free throws, and Ruleville was up 26-24 with 4:45 left in the quarter. The Tigers were able to extend their lead as Anthony Spivey hit a lay-up to make the score 28-24.
The Falcons didn’t led Ruleville’s run derail them as they hit two quick 3-pointers to tie the score at 30-30. Velma Jackson was able to continue its run by taking a 37-34 lead heading into the final quarter.
As the fourth quarter progressed, things continued to go down hill for the Tigers as they missed easy shots and turned the ball over time after time. The Falcons took advantage of every mistake and were able to cruise to the victory.
“Several times, they (Velma Jackson) tipped the ball and it went off our hands, and we didn’t catch it,” Bankhead added. “The ball went on the floor, and they out hustled us then.”
Rule led the Tigers with 12 points, followed by Xavier Appleberry with nine points and Kadarius Jefferson with eight.
Velma Jackson Girls 48, Ruleville 47
The Ruleville Central Lady Tigers had their hands full as they came up short against the Velma Jackson Lady Falcons in Region 4-3A action Friday night.
Ruleville fell to 13-6 with a 4-3 mark in the region. Brunetta Cockrell led the Lady Tigers with 24 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Robrieka Finn with 11 points and Shakira Singleton with 10 points.
The Lady Tigers and Tigers will return to the basketball court on Tuesday when they travel to Webb to play West Tallahatchie with the girls starting first at 5 p.m.