The Houston Lady Tigers won consecutive games for the first time this season to place third in the Thayer Winter Classic.

HHS thumped Couch 62-30 on Friday and then beat the Thayer JV 41-33 in Saturday’s third-place game.

Senior Kaitlyn Root averaged 19 points per game in three matchups to earn all-tournament team honors.

In last Tuesday’s tournament opener, the Lady Tigers slowed the pace for a half but eventually lost 46-25 to host Thayer.

Root scored 18 points as the lone HHS player in double figures. Kennedy Campbell added four.

Houston (5-10) was only behind 19-16 at the half before Thayer scored 11 of the third quarter’s 13 points to begin pulling away.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS: Houston Lady Tigers

On Friday, Root led a balanced attack with 22 points in Houston’s 32-point victory against Couch.

Chloe Hunninghake hit five 3-pointers en route to 16 points and Sevanna Rowland added a career-best 14 points.

Houston led 12-6 after the opening quarter and expanded its lead to 17 at the half.

The Lady Tigers’ 62 points were the most since they scored 63 in a Dec. 13 victory against Newburg.

In the third-place game, Root had 17 points and Hunninghake added 12 as HHS beat Thayer’s JV.

The Lady Tigers led by two at the half before pulling away with a 13-4 run in the third quarter.

BOX SCORES

Saturday’s game

Houston 10 11 13 7 – 41

Thayer JV 6 13 4 10 – 33

HOUSTON (41) – Kaitlyn Root 17. Carly Crawford 3. Sevanna Rowland 3. Ally Morgan 6. Chloe Hunninghake 12. Kennedy Campbell 2. FG 15. FT 8-14. F 17. (3-pointers: Hunninghake 2, Crawford. Fouled out: none).

Friday’s game

Houston 12 20 20 10 – 62

Couch 6 9 15 0 – 30

HOUSTON (62) – Madison Curtis 2. Kaitlyn Root 22. Sevanna Rowland 14. Ally Morgan 5. Chloe Hunninghake 16. Riley Scheets 1. FG 21. FT 15-20. F 17. (3-pointers: Hunninghake 5. Fouled out: none).

Last Tuesday’s game

Houston 6 10 2 7 – 25

Thayer 15 4 11 16 – 46

HOUSTON (25) – Kaitlyn Root 18. Chloe Hunninghake 3. Kennedy Campbell 4. FG 10. FT 3-5. F 13. (3-pointers: Root. Fouled out: none).

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