Harwell's heroics not enough to lift Tigerettes
Tigerette senior Marina Harwell's twenty-seven points, including seven three-pointers was not enough to carry the Tigerettes to victory as they lost their third straight game 63-53 to the Columbia Central Lady Lions.
Harwell was magnificent, throwing down three-bombs from what seemed like the Wal-Mart parking lot in Lewisburg.
Trailing 9-7 early, Marshall County went on a 12-3 run to end the first quarter with a 19-12 lead.
Harwell had two treys in the period and nine points and was helped by fellow senior Whitney Byrd, who was jumping up and down like the energizer bunny in a seven-point first quarter effort.
Columbia Central turned in a huge second period, outscoring the hometown Tigerettes 22-8 to take a 34-27 lead into the halftime break.
Seven different Lady Lion's players scored at least two points in the period and foul shooting hurt Marshall County as they went a paltry 4-10 in the eight minutes and finished the ballgame 14-32 from the free throw line.
Columbia continued their dominance over MCHS in the second half, taking a 47-36 lead after three quarters.
With the score 49-38 in favor of Columbia, the Tigerettes made their move in an attempt to get back in the game, beginning with an Alyssa Reynolds bucket, followed by a steal and score by Jameka Braden.
Braden was fouled on the play and drained the free throw after a Columbia timeout with 5:40 remaining in the ballgame.
A tie-up on the floor gave the ball back to the Tigerettes and Harwell pulled up from at least four feet beyond the three-point line and swished the bomb, making it a 49-46 ballgame as the crowd went bonkers.
Columbia would put the game away after the Harwell trey, outscoring the Tigerettes 12-1 over the next several possessions to take a 61-47 lead.
Harwell would hit two more long, long distance three's before the game ended, making the final score 63-53.
Byrd finished with 11 points, Braden ended up with 7, Reynolds had four, Morgan Moyers netted 2 points, and Destiny Moore had 1 point.
Kanytra Bumpas had 14 points to lead Columbia in scoring, followed by Raquel Lockeridge with 12, Malika Muhammad 10, Fanise Cannon 9, Maya Horner 7, Kaliyah Conway 4, and Akera Hopkins and CT Reese each had three.
(Harwell continued her heroics this morning, hitting a game winner at the buzzer as the Tigerettes beat Creekwood 38-37 in the first round of the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament)