Tigerettes hammer Giles County on Homecoming

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Marshall County Tigerettes (21-0, 9-0 District) celebrated Homecoming in style Friday night, as they shellacked archrival Giles County 56-23 in front of a packed house at Dottie Kelso Gymnasium to rack up their thirty-fifth straight victory.

After trouncing the Lady Bobcats 59-20 earlier in the season, the Tigerettes continued their recent dominance of Giles County on Friday. Marshall County built a 34-14 lead in the first half before opening up a 36-point cushion midway through the fourth quarter en route to their eighth straight win over the Lady Bobcats (5-12, 3-6 District).

"I was concerned about it being Homecoming Week since we had three players in the court. I think we came out strong though and put the game away in the first quarter," said MCHS head coach Boyd West.

With their victory over Giles County, the Tigerettes have now beaten their nine District foes by an average of 36.3 points per game.

When asked why his team has been so dominant in District play West responded, "I think a lot of it's our focus because our practices are very, very competitive. Yes, we're athletic but I think a lot of our success has been due to our focus."

Defense was once again the staple of Marshall County's success, as they held the Lady Bobcats to just nine field goals on 26 percent shooting and forced 25 Giles County turnovers.

Bolstered by a 9-of-15 shooting performance in the first quarter, the Tigerettes shot a torrid 53 percent from the field (24-45) and committed only 10 turnovers.

Center Lauren March, who was named Homecoming Queen later in the evening, crept closer to MCHS' all-time scoring mark and led three Marshall County players in double figures. March pumped in 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds, registered two steals, and blocked two shots.

Reserve guard Artavia Bryant also tallied 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go along with three steals, while point guard Kanesha McLean added 11 points and three assists.

"If we're hitting from the outside it frees us up inside. Artavia is a streaky shooter, but when she's on, she's really on. It seems like when we shoot well from the outside, it doubles our points on the inside," said West.

Jakerra Simmons notched nine points for the Tigerettes as well, and LaRhonda O'Neal and Andraya Tears each had two points.

Sarah Young paced Giles County with seven points, while Keosha Wisener and Channing Montes added six and four points respectively.

The Lady Bobcats held a 3-2 advantage early in the first, but things quickly went down hill for Giles County, as MCHS put together a 16-5 run behind four points apiece from March, Simmons and Bryant to take an 18-8 lead at the end of the quarter.

Young hit a short bank shot to trim the deficit to 18-10 at the start of the second, before Bryant buried two straight three-pointers to spark an 11-2 Tigerette spurt and help give Marshall County a 29-12 advantage with 1:48 left in the period.

Following a baseline jumper by Montes, McLean converted a three-point play and March scored on a layup to stretch MCHS' lead 34-14 at the half.

After the two teams swapped buckets through the first four minutes of the third quarter, the Tigerettes turned the game into a rout by engineering a 16-0 run on the strength of six points from March and four points from Bryant to forge a 56-20 advantage midway through the fourth before coasting to the 56-23 triumph.