Coming off a dramatic overtime victory against Loretto three days earlier, the Marshall County Tigerettes (25-0, 13-0 District) kept head coach Boyd West's stress level at a minimum Friday by pummeling the East Hickman Lady Eagles 81-27 on Senior Night.
After crushing the Lady Eagles 86-25 in their first encounter of the season, the Tigerettes dispatched of East Hickman (6-18, 2-11 District) with similar ease Friday evening. MCHS forged a 42-14 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Eagles 39-13 over the final two quarters en route to capturing their thirty-ninth straight win.
With the regular season rapidly coming to a close, Marshall County used the East Hickman game as a chance to iron out some wrinkles before heading into the playoffs.
"The biggest thing we get out of these types of games is that we still have to play hard. We still have to come out and execute," said West. "We're trying to fine tune and work on our depth. We're trying to develop some of the young kids because you never know in the playoffs if you might need them."
Except for a brief spell in the second period, MCHS completely shut down the Lady Eagles' offensive attack. The Tigerettes limited East Hickman to just 11 field goals on 35 percent shooting and recorded 25 steals while forcing 35 Lady Eagle turnovers.
Marshall County, meanwhile, finished with 35 field goals on 50 percent shooting, highlighted by a 12 of 20 performance in the third quarter, and committed only 9 turnovers. MCHS also knocked down five three-pointers and grabbed 18 offensive boards while out rebounding East Hickman 30-21.
"We started out the game real well and then had a stretch in the second quarter where we kind of relaxed. We came out strong in the third quarter though and put the game away," said West.
Center Lauren March led three Tigerette players in double figures with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocked shots. Kanesha McLean also tallied 12 points, six assists, and three steals, while Jakerra Simmons notched 11 points, six steals, and two blocked shots. DaRhonda O'Neal and Andraya Tears added nine and eight points respectively for Marshall County as well and LaRhonda O'Neal had five points and five assists. Delorean Taylor (four points), Whitney Byrd (four points), Keyra Allen (four points), Mary Medley (three points), Artavia Bryant (two points), and Sara Burgess (one point) rounded out the scoring for MCHS.
Katie Livengood paced the Lady Eagles with eight points, while Grace Brady had seven points.
The Tigerettes came charging out of the gates and built an 18-0 lead with 1:55 left in the first quarter on the strength of six points from March and five points from LaRhonda O'Neal.
After Brittany Stone scored on a layup to get East Hickman on the board, Simmons converted a three-point play and DaRhonda O'Neal drained a trey from the top of the key to give Marshall County a 24-2 advantage early in the second period.
The Lady Eagles actually outscored MCHS 12-9 over the next six minutes to trim the deficit to 33-14, but the Tigerettes closed the half with a 9-0 spurt, highlighted by a March three-point play, to take a 42-14 lead into the break.
Things then went from bad to worse for East Hickman in the second half, as Marshall County started the stanza with a 29-6 run behind eight points from Tears and seven points apiece from March and McLean to open up a 71-20 cushion with 7:37 left in the fourth quarter.
MCHS cleared their bench shortly after that point and outscored the Lady Eagles 10-7 the rest of the way thanks to four points from Byrd and a Medley trey to complete their 81-27 triumph.