The numbers just weren’t going to add up right Tuesday for the Carthage Lady Dawgs.
The visiting Timpson Lady Tigers were ranked No. 3 in Class 2A and had a couple of all-state players on their squad.
Carthage, on the otherhand, was starting two freshmen and a sophomore in place of three seniors who were still playing volleyball.
The Lady Dawgs kept it close early, but Timpson pulled away for a 51-36 win in the non-district contest.
Carthage is now 4-2 for the season and is ranked No. 11 in Class 4A. Its two games over the weekend were canceled and they will return to action Monday and Tuesday with home games against Gilmer and Palestine.
“They player hard for me, but I’m running two freshmen, a sophomore and a couple seniors out there to start,” said Coach Michael Johnson. “We just had tired legs at the end. The flu has hit us, too, and we still have three starters in volleyball.
“You can’t complain, because it won’t do any good. Plus, we’ll bounce back from it.”
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but the Lady Bears fought back and tied it at 12-12 after one period.
In spite of problems handling the ball, they still had a slim 24-23 lead at the half.
But the Lady Bears, who hit seven 3-pointers on the night, began pulling away in the third.
They outscored the Lady Bulldogs 11-5 in the third to go up 34-29 and then used a 17-7 run in the fourth period to close it out.
Zee McGrue led Carthage in scoring with 14 points, six steals, four rebounds and four assists, while Jakyra Roberts had seven points and Jordan McLin had six rebounds and four steals.
All-Stater Brylee Behrens led all scorers with 24.
“Their press in the third didn’t really hurt us in turnovers, but it made us run and it got us more tired,” Johnson said. “We’re still making mistakes, but they’re still learning my system. We’re going to be OK.”
Timpson won the JV game 41-37 despite 14 points from Carthage’s Jaden Odom.