However, that is exactly what the Lady Tigers were up against when they traveled to Lindale on Tuesday night to face a talented Pepperell High squad, who defeated them, 64-28.
“That’s a very good team. They’re very athletic, very long and bigger than us,” Adairsville head coach Meredith Barnhill said. “That’s probably going to be a theme for most of the games we play this year.”
Adairsville stuck with Pepperell through eight minutes as Stephanie Kuhrt and Mallorie Collum led the way with five and four points, respectively.
The Lady Tigers trailed by a score of 15-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Dragons would pull away in the second quarter as they put their length and athleticism to good use, employing a 3/4 court trapping press.
The defense gave The Lady Tigers fits as they had 14 first-half turnovers.
“When they have kids who are that long, it’s tough for us to get the ball around them,” Barnhill said. “We have to do a better job making shorter passes, trying to fake around them and just taking care of the basketball.
Pepperell scored 22 points in the second quarter, several off turnovers, and led Adairsville by a score of 37-16 at half.
Madison Wilder did much of the damage for the Lady Dragons as she had 11 in the quarter and 27 in the game.
The Lady Tigers came out strong in the third quarter, however.
Collum pumped in six of her team’s seven points in the period and her team hunkered down defensively to allow just 12 for Pepperell.
“I liked how it didn’t matter the score, we are going to scrap and we are going to play hard regardless, which we did tonight,” Barnhill said. “Every single one of my kids had at least one rebound. We’re not just going to give it to them.”
Even against Pepperell’s size, Adairsville was only outrebounded by three in the game.
Collum was the leader for the Lady Tigers with seven of those boards to go along with 11 points. Kuhrt added eight points for the game.