Jim Moore’s first victory at his alma mater is finally here.
“I waited a long time to get win No. 1,” Moore said. “I didn’t know if coach Kell was ever going to retire.”
In the third game of his tenure succeeding Houston’s longtime girls’ basketball coach, Moore found himself in the win column for the first time last Thursday night as his Lady Tigers defeated Dora 58-39 inside Hiett Gymnasium.
“I told the girls after the game that I’ll never forget this one,” said Moore, a 1993 HHS graduate who took over the program following Brent Kell’s 30 years at the helm. “I’m proud to be home and proud of my school.”
After consecutive losses to open the season, the Lady Tigers (1-3) wasted no time putting away Dora for their first victory. They scored the first eight points of the game as part of a 13-2 run to take a lead they never relinquished.
Houston’s frontcourt duo of Kaitlyn Root and Alyssa Hayes led the way with 25 combined points — 13 from Root and 12 by Hayes. Abby Casper and Chloe Hunninghake added nine points apiece.
Houston led 29-20 at the half and still by nine entering the fourth quarter. The advantage grew with an 11-0 run early that included back-to-back baskets by Hayes and a conventional three-point play by Root.
Hayes, a senior center, had scored two combined points in the first two games of the season before reaching double figures against Dora.
“We made a switch and let Kaitlyn Root throw the ball in. It allowed Alyssa to get out and run the floor, so she was out in front,” Moore said. “It provided some opportunities for her.”
On Monday, Root scored 20 points and Casper added 10 in a 67-53 loss at Licking.
The teams were nearly equal in made field goals with 21 and 20, respectively. But Licking made four more foul shots (23) than HHS attempted (19). The Lady Wildcats were 23-for34 at the line while Houston was just 10-for-19.
Last Tuesday, Casper scored 13 points in a 66-41 loss against Sullivan. Jaydin Ramsey and Hunning-hake added eight points apiece.
Ally Morgan scored 11 points as the JV Lady Tigers beat Dora 38-17 Thursday night for their first win.
Kenzie Reber added eight points for Houston (1-1), which led 12-2 after the first quarter.
Carly Crawford led the JV Lady Tigers with 10 points last Tuesday in a 27-23 loss to Sullivan.