Lady Tigers move to 5-1 with win over Central

Laure Choate had a game-high 17 points in the 63-24 win over Central Monday. David Hoover / CNO

CARTHAGE, Mo. — High energy and a swarming defense propelled the Lady Tigers to a 63-24 win over visiting Central (Springfield) Monday night.

“We had great energy to start the first half and the second half,” said Carthage Coach Scott Moore. “I love it when we come right out of the locker room and take it to teams.”

The Tiger defense held the Bulldogs to a total of eight points in the first half and allowed the offense to build a solid lead heading into the half up 30-8.


“The girls have really started to gel as a team on the court,” Moore said. “They are great friends off the court and it’s awesome to see the benefits of that on the court. They are sharing the ball well, spreading out the scoring, and cheering hard for each other when they are on the bench. They are a really fun bunch to coach.”

Lauren Choate led the Tigers with a game-high 17 points including three 3’s.

“Lauren had a good shooting night. She led a balanced attack that saw six players score five or more points for us,” added Moore.

Lexa Youngblood also finished in double-digits for the Tigers with a career high 12 points. Kianna Yates finished with nine points, Jaidyn Brunnert added eights points, Trisha Kanas scored six, Maggie Boyd chipped in with five, and Ashlyn Brust, Zye Clark and Landry Cochran scored two points apiece for the Tigers.

“When we are playing fast, sharing the ball and can get nine girls a lot of minutes, we are a tough team to stop,” Moore said.

The 5-1 Tigers are at home Thursday where they face the Nevada Tigers.