TEXARKANA, Texas — On a night when its shots weren't falling, Texas High found a way to win.
The Lady Tigers forced 42 turnovers by Pine Tree and easily won the battle of the glass during a 44-19 victory of a District 15-5A girls basketball game Tuesday at Tiger Center.
THS (8-7, 5-2) finished with a 27.5 shooting percentage but had a strong third quarter — going 9 of 19 during that period — to pull away and seal the win. The Tigers shot 19-of-69 from the floor.
"We just grinded it out and kept working, finding a way to win tonight," Texas High coach Shonda Wilson said. "We had too many turnovers, were careless with the ball and that had us starting off a little slow.
"From the first time we played Pine Tree to this time, you could see they've improved. Every night we've got to go out and play our best; we can't take anything or anyone for granted."
THS pulled down 48 rebounds, compared to 35 by the Lady Pirates (3-13, 0-7). Texas High also had 19 turnovers, just six in the second half.
Pine Tree shot 7-of-30 for a 23 percent shooting percentage.
After a rough first half shooting, the Tigers made four of their first nine field goals in the third quarter to open up a 26-8 lead in the first 4:24 of the third. Texas High scored 19 straight points in the quarter and held a 37-10 to start the fourth.
The teams matched nearly point for point in the final period. The Pirates scored six in a row, followed by a 6-point burst by THS. PT scored the last three points for the final tally.
Pine Tree took a brief 3-2 lead on its first basket of the game, but the Tigers scored six in a row to close out the first quarter and hold an 8-3 advantage at the first break.
Texas High continued its streak with the first eight points of the second quarter, going up 16-3 with 2:03 left before halftime. THS led 18-5 at intermission, holding leads in points, shooting percentage, rebounds and fewest turnovers committed.
The Tigers had a 24 percent shooting percentage in the opening half on 7-of-29 field goals. Texas High held a 28-11 lead on the glass and had committed 13 turnovers, compared to 19 for the Pirates.
Pine Tree shot just 12.5 percent before halftime on 2-of-16 shooting.
Jalyn Golette scored 13 points and had eight rebounds for Texas High. Ashanti Northcross and Ashlyn Stiger each scored nine points, and Stiger led the Tigers on the glass with 13 rebounds. Amari Morrison also had 10 boards.
Mariyah Furay and Emari Fluellen scored seven each for Pine Tree, and D'Karia Woodard had nine rebounds.
The Tigers won the junior varsity game, 37-29. Anna Shultz scored 11 and Teiara Brown 10 for Texas High.
Pine Tree's freshmen won 27-20 in overtime after the teams were knotted at 20 through regulation. Deja Hayes led the Tigers with 11 points.