TEMPLE – In spite of a solid performance from Isabella Rodriguez with 11 points, Temple fell to Manor 47-45 on Tuesday night. Manor locked in the win in the fourth quarter by connecting on 6 of 8 free throws in the final 3 minutes of play.
The Tem Cats (7-9, 1-2) and Manor (9-7, 2-2) were tied up at 26-26 at the half, but Manor pushed past Temple during the final two quarters. Temple finished the first half with solid play, scoring a game-high 15 points during the second quarter.
Temple started out strong in third with a 3-pointer giving the Tem-Cats the lead at 29-26. However, the two teams battled evenly until Cienna Womack drained a 3-pointer herself with 36 seconds remaining to give Temple a 36-33 lead heading into the fourth.
Tia Thomas converted a 3-point play early in the fourth and gave the Tem-Cats a 3 point lead at 40-37 with 5:51 remaining.
However, sparked by a 3-pointer from Geneva Monroe and the solid free throw shooting; Manor regained a lead of 46-41 with 2:16 remaining.
Rodriguez brought Temple within 46-45 with 27 seconds remaining but the Tem-cats could not capitalize on their opportunities late in the game.
With four points, Rodriguez saw her best shooting game in the first period.
Also chipping in for Temple were Kamea Mcgee (8 points, 5 rebounds), Tori President (6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals), Tia Thomas (5 points), Kiantra Flowers (5 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block), Kara Cooper (4 points), Cienna Womack (4 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block) and Kesiah Boyd (2 points).
Temple finished the game with 40 rebounds (22 offensive/18 defensive), two blocks and 13 steals.
Temple returns to 17-5A action on Friday on the road at Pflugerville Connally.
Temple JV Falls Short Against Manor
Despite Aleja Hill putting seven points on the board, Temple lost to Manor 36-22. Manor grabbed the lead against the Temple JV on a two-pointer from #24 in the second period and held on.
Despite a strong finish, with seven points in the final quarter, Temple failed to secure the win. Racking up 24 fouls in total, Temple played a physical game.
Hill connected with the net the most during the second period, earning four points for Temple.
Also helping the effort for Temple were Chadricka Pickett (4 points, 1 steal), Hannah Guillen (4 points, 4 rebounds), Kalisha Brown (2 points), Tykyana Cornelius (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal) and Jalyn Carter (2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal).
Temple finished the game with 43 rebounds (25 offensive/18 defensive) and 13 steals.
Temple Freshman rally past Manor 29-27
Dejah Blackwell scored eight points to lead Temple to a 29-27 victory over Manor on Tuesday. Temple clinched their lead in the fourth quarter on a free throw from Alexicia Medlock.
Temple trailed early, 14-4 by the half, only to come back strong in the final two quarters. On the strength of a 13-3 run, Temple notched 15 points in the final quarter.
Blackwell did not let up on the net for Tem-Cats, scoring six of her points in the final period.
Also contributing for Temple were Medlock (7 points, 5 rebounds), Hope Reeves (4 points, 1 rebound), Ariyan Johnson (4 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals), Alexis Degraff (2 points, 1 rebound) and LaTiffany (2 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals).
Temple finished the game with 54 rebounds (37 offensive/17 defensive) and nine steals.