Lady Toppers start positive

The Lady Toppers are off to a positive start early in the hard court season, entering the week with a record of 3-1.
The Houston girls knocked down two wins against South Pontotoc and Eupora to start off the season and split games last week in the Pontotoc tournament.
The Lady Topers fell to Ripley 60-41 on Thursday, putting themselves in a hole in the first half.
“They missed several layups and free throws and made turnovers to end the half with a 20-point deficit,” said coach Vernessa Gates.
The girls got back on track on the second half, outscoring Ripley in both the third and fourth periods, but just couldn’t make up the difference.
On Saturday, the Houston girls came out with a win over North Pontotoc, 46-41, with LaShari Free pacing the Lady Toppers with 18 points and Candace Woodhouse putting up 13.

Toppers struggle in early season
The Hilltoppers are still trying to find their footing in the early season, but coach Orlando Randle sees a lot of promise on the floor.
“The team has a lot of potential,” Randle said. “But we don’t have a lot of experience. Our first two games had disappointing outcomes, but we are learning a lot and gaining some valuable experience.”
The Toppers lost a close, 54-57, match to South Pontotoc earlier this month and fell 30-89 to Pontotoc in tournament action last week.
“Our kids have done a great job learning from mistakes and keeping a positive attitude that will allow them to compete at a high level,” Randle said. “We are just experiencing some growing pains.”

Upcoming action
The Toppers and Lady Toppers were scheduled to travel to Houlka Tuesday and will host Bruce Friday. They will host East Webster after the Thanksgiving break on Dec. 3.web hst basket