Hickman stalls, then falls to unbeaten Tigerettes

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The number one ranked Marshall Tigerettes can win ugly if they have to and they did Friday night, claiming a 49-33 win over Hickman County to remain unbeaten on the season at 28-0.

Hickman County (18-9) tried to take the air out of the ball versus MCHS, holding the Tigerettes to a season low three points in the first quarter before revving it back up with 18 points in the second period to lead 21-15 at the half.

Marshall went on to outscore the Lady Bulldogs 28-18 over the final 16 minutes in the 16 point victory.

The Tigerettes did not shoot the ball well in the ballgame as Miss Basketball favorite Lauren March was held to just 5 points in the contest.

March pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked two shots in the ballgame and Jakerra Simmons had 10 boards.

The Tigerettes got a big game from LaRhonda O'Neal and NeNe McLean, who combined for 29 points in the Tigerettes forty-second straight victory, dating back to last season's championship game win over Milan.

McLean also had four steals and four assists in helping the Tigerettes to the win.

"They pretty much just held the ball," said MCHS Coach Boyd West. "The Hickman County coach (Ron Puckett) told me after the game that stalling the ball was the only way they could stay in the ballgame."

West added, "In the second half they could not stall any longer when they got behind."

The Tigerettes beat Lewis County in the championship game of the District 10-AA Tournament on Monday and will host a first round Region 5-AA Friday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of MCHS at 7pm.

Read the entire story of the Tigerettes' victory over Lewis County in Friday's edition of the Tribune.