NeNe McLean is making her mark, guiding the Tigerette offense from the point guard position with flair.
The senior guard led Marshall County to their twelfth straight win on the season, pouring in 18 points in a big 67-34 blowout win over Lewis County Tuesday night at the Dottie Kelso Memorial Gym in Lewisburg.
MCHS head coach Boyd West had nothing but acclaim for McLean after the contest when he said, "NeNe right now is the floor leader. She absolutely runs the team, plays great defense, and has picked up her scoring. If she continues what she is doing right now, we could go a long way."
Lauren March scored four points to begin the contest before Lewis County got on the board with a three-pointer by Jessica Hinson. Chynna Helton scored for the Lady Panthers to give them a 6-5 lead.
Lewis County would never lead again.
Jakerra Simmons scored to start a 7-2 run to end the first quarter. Mclean scored the other five points during the run on a jumper in the lane and three more on a long bomb to give the Tigerettes a 13-7 lead after one period.
One minute into the second period, Mclean stole the rock from Lewis County and raced down court for an off-balance lay-in basket and was fouled. Mclean made the free throw for 18-7 MCHS lead.
Moments later, Artavia Bryant made it a ten point game at 20-10 on a lay-up off of a McLean steal and feed.
Lewis County called timeout at 4:38, but turned the ball back over to Mclean, who scored again.
The game was rough and tumble, exemplified by the referees calling 21 fouls in the first half.
By the time the half ended, the Tigerettes led 26-15.
Bryant drained a long three-bomb to begin the second half and then another moments later to open up a 32-19 lead.
Lewis County was holding on by a thumbnail, but quickly went south when LaRhonda O'Neal drained a three and the game was over when Mclean swiped the ball, going coast to coast for a score and an 18-point 39-21 lead.
Marshall County took a 45-26 lead into the final period and put the exclamation point on the victory with a 13-0 spurt to begin the last eight minutes.
McLean's 18 points led the Tigerettes and Bryant scored 14, Simmons 13, March had 9, LaRhonda O'Neal 6, DaRhonda O'Neal 4, and Andraya Tears scored 3.
The Tigerettes take victory number twelve on the road to Hickman County Friday night.