MCHS swept by AAA Lawrence County
The MCHS Tigerettes were hoping to catch the AAA powerhouse, Lawrence County Lady Cats in a down mode Friday night and played them tough for the first quarter before being swept away and eventually losing, 44-31. The Tigers, on the other hand, were never in their game and got beat big, 57-38.
The (18-5) Lawrence Lady Cats have had an incredible season with big wins versus Forrest, Columbia Central, and by just four points versus Associated Press #2 Shelbyville on January nineteenth. The Tigerettes (14-7) have also been rolling along lately winning eight of their last ten, including a huge win in Pulaski versus Giles County to put them two games up in the District at 7-1.
It looked all good for the Tigerettes early on as they jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter before Lawrence Co. came back late to cut the score to 12-10 in favor of MCHS.
The Tigerettes kept battling the Lady Cats in the second quarter trying in vain to stay close to the visitors. Lawrence Co. took a 15-12 lead, but a NeNe McLean bucket brought the Tigerettes back at 15-14 before the Lady Cats scored six straight to stretch the lead to eight points at 22-14.
Another McLean basket cut the lead to six again and the tough Lady Cats scored the last four points in the quarter to lead 26-16 at the half.
The Tigerettes were not going away after the half as they fought tooth and nail every series to cut into the margin. The two squads ran their offenses and played tough man to man defense in the third quarter and traded baskets on the most hand. Danika Hopkins hit a big three-pointer to cut into the lead midway through to eight points, but Lawrence kept plugging along and maintained the ten point lead at the end of the period, 34-24.
These are teams that play different styles with the Tigerettes a running team that plays a furious brand of defense and the Lady Cats who are a bit more conservative in their approach and run through plays with precision and do not press as much as MCHS on defense.
The Lady Cats slowed the game down to a snail's pace in an attempt to slow the fast and furious Tigerettes and stop them from getting late momentum. Lawrence Co. was in ho hurry as they milked the clock, sometimes taking as much as a minute off the clock in a single possession.
The Tigerettes played their game and stayed patient for the most part as they actually cut the lead to five points at 36-31 on a McLean three bomb with 1:47 left in the game. The Tigerettes would not score again as Lawrence County made some key foul shots down the stretch to claw out a victory at, 44-31. It was a game the Tigerettes would have loved to win, but they fought hard versus the Lady Cats who knew they got out of Lewisburg in tough fashion.
Lady Cat head Coach Wendi Hartsfield Scott gave much praise to the Tigerettes after the game when she said, "MCHS has a great program, they are an excellent team which plays very physical on defense and they were a great challenge for my team."
Tigers only score
10 first half points, lose big to Cats
The MCHS Tigers are not having a good year and the game versus Lawrence County was another example of the type of game that has them in fourth place in the District (5-13, 3-5) and losers of six out of the last eight games.
The Tigers just could not score on the night as they missed easy lay-ups, shot poorly from outside, and had way too many turnovers. Head Coach Jason Tigert's squad never quit in the game and much is to be said for that.
The Tigers scored only three points in the first quarter, seven in the second, but stayed in the game with tough defense to only trail by seven, 17-10 at the break.
The third quarter belonged to Lawrence County as they rebounded well and shot well from the outside to stretch the lead to twenty points at 33-13.
The fourth quarter saw action from the under-classmen and MCHS lost the game 57-38.