Tigerettes stomp Spring Hill

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Marshall County Tigerettes continued their rampage through District 10-AA Friday night by thrashing the Spring Hill Lady Raiders 64-35 in Lewisburg to record their thirty-third straight victory.

Having beaten their first six District opponents by an average of 36 points, Marshall County put the game out of reach early and built a 47-15 lead in the first half before opening up a 41-point cushion late in the third quarter en route to their sixth straight win over the Lady Raiders.

Spring Hill (1-13, 1-6 District) had some success in their half court offense early on, but the Tigerettes (19-0, 7-0 District) turned up the heat defensively with the help of their full court press and limited the Lady Raiders to just 14 field goals on 29 percent shooting while forcing 27 turnovers.

"Our press is our bread and butter," said MCHS head coach Boyd West. "We were able to get some easy baskets thanks to our pressure and put together some big runs because of that."

Bolstered by a 12 of 17 shooting performance in the second quarter, Marshall County shot 47 percent from the field (28-60) and committed only 14 turnovers. The Tigerettes also grabbed 16 offensive boards and out rebounded Spring Hill 41-32 overall.

Senior center Lauren March terrorized the Lady Raiders on both ends of the court and led four MCHS players in double figures. March scored 16 points on 7 of 14 shooting and grabbed a season high 18 rebounds to go along with six steals, three blocked shots, and two assists.

"Lauren's a candidate for the Miss Basketball award and has made the first cut for the girls' McDonald's All-American Team. She is such a great player that you almost expect her to have games like this," said West.

Kanesha McLean followed March with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Jakerra Simmons and Artavia Bryant added 10 points apiece with Simmons registering six rebounds and a blocked shot as well.

Andraya Tears also notched eight points, three steals, and two blocked shots for MCHS, and LaRhonda O'Neal and DaRhonda O'Neal each had three points.

Atlanta Westbrook paced Spring Hill with 10 points, while Shelby Stephens and Kirstin Agent had seven and five points respectively.

Spring Hill actually jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but the Tigerettes began to impose their will and went on a 21-2 run on the strength of six points apiece from McLean and Simmons to claim a 21-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

"Even though they're a 1-13 team, Spring Hill has been playing better lately. They only lost to Hickman County by six points and beat Page by 24 so they're getter better," said West. "After we got out of our funk though, we turned it on and began to pull away."

The Lady Raiders trimmed the deficit to 21-10 early in the second, before Marshall County put together a 20-2 spurt behind eight points from March and four points each from Tears and Bryant to stretch their lead to 41-12 late in the period.

After Agent hit a three-pointer to make it 41-15, MCHS scored six points in the final 25 seconds of the half on a pull up jumper by Bryant, a McLean layup, and a turnaround jumper by Simmons to take a 32-point advantage into the break.

The Tigerettes continued to pull away at the start of the second half and opened the stanza with a 17-8 run thanks to four points apiece from McLean, March, and Tears to forge a 64-23 lead late in the third period. Spring Hill then tallied the last 12 points of the contest for the 64-35 final.