A “Bit” of Looking Back – Tigerettes Lose to Kemp in Battle for District Title (March, 1956)

Tigerettes Lose to Kemp in Battle for District Title

From The Malakoff News
Friday, March 2, 1956

Article originally written by Jack Humphries

A 52-46 loss last Friday night to a powerful Kemp team ended one of the best seasons the Malakoff Tigerettes have enjoyed in a long time.  The defeat, the Tigerettes’ sixth of the campaign, gave the district to Kemp, which had ended the regular season deadlocked with the Malakoffians, both teams having 9-1 records.

The battling Tigerettes deserved a far better fate Friday night, but they couldn’t build a lead and hold it against their opponent.  It was a tension-packed thriller all the way.  At the end of the initial period, the score was deadlocked at 16-16.  Kemp maintained a 29-25 margin at halftime, but at the end of the third period, the Tigerettes whittled it to 38-35.  The locals pulled even with the winners early in the fourth stanza but lacked the punch to take the lead.  Kemp led by a two to four point margin until the final minute when the locals committed several fouls while struggling to control the ball, and the winners took advantage of the free throws.  Although losing, the Tigerettes displayed probably their best balanced scoring attack of the season as all three starting forwards hit the double figures.  Judy Farmer took the lead with 18 points, Blanche Allen tallied 14, Bobbie Abbott accounted for 11, and Pat Wood, who played most of the game at guard, scored 3.  Sammie Trammell, Carolyn Winters, and Pat Wood, all Seniors, were the starting guards, and they played a fine game throughout.  Trammell fouled out late in the contest, and Nelda Turlington replaced her.  The margin of the victory for Kemp came from their ability to cash in on their free throws.  The Tigerettes, who are usually extremely accurate with their foul shots, couldn’t find the basket from the free throw line as they made only 8 single point tallies.

Kemp’s victory smile was short-lived however, as they were humbled Monday night in the bi-district contest against New Summerfield, 54-50.  Possibly no other teams were more evenly matched than Kemp and Malakoff.  They met four times this season, Kemp winning three times, 52-46, 46-44, and 44-40, while the Tigerettes won a lone decision, 48-42.  Friday night’s game ended the season for the Tigerettes and also the high school careers of starters Sammie Trammell, Carolyn Winters, Pat Wood, and Bobbie Abbott.  Only two starters will return next year, but the bench is full of hopefuls who are anxious to start anew next year.


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