Tigerettes rally past Lady Bulldogs

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Marshall County's Laura Spence and Cornersville's Anna Claire Foster battle for possession of the ball in the first half. Photos by Louis Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes kept their season alive for at least two more days by defeating the eighth seeded Cornersville Lady Bulldogs 4-2 at CHS in the District 11-A-AA tournament play in game on Thursday.

After the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in their lone regular season encounter, the Lady Bulldogs held a 2-1 advantage at halftime in Thursday's contest, but the Tigerettes controlled the final 40 minutes and outscored Cornersville 3-0 during that span to advance to the quarterfinals of the District tourney.

"We won possession time in the first half, but we were just a little off in our runs and our passes," said MCHS assistant coach Larry Pung. "We pointed that out at halftime and executed better in the second half. The girls just worked out whatever problems they had."

Cornersville's Makayla Campbell launches a pass over Marshall County's Madalyn Gold in the first half.

Bolstered by their strong second half performance, Marshall County finished with a 20-17 edge in shot attempts after being outshot 9-8 in the opening stanza by the Lady Bulldogs.

"I think we just got tired in the second half and wore down. Plus we didn't have Alex Henry on defense and that really hurt us," said Cornersville coach Lindsey Browning. "I'm still really proud of the girls and can't be disappointed in them in any way because they made so much progress from where they were at the beginning of the season."

Devin Jouett scored two goals in the second half to lead the Tigerette rally, while Emily Spence and Clara Wilson tallied one goal apiece with Spence dishing out two assists. Laura Spence and Callie Johnson both recorded an assist for Marshall County as well.

Cornersville's Sadie Gentry tries to steal the ball from Marshall County's Natalie Wiles in the first half.

Sadie Gentry and Makayla Campbell each scored once to account for the Lady Bulldogs' two goals, while Anna Claire Foster registered an assist.

In net, Cornersville goalie Ivory Riner finished with 11 saves, and Marshall County goaltender Atlanta Ferguson stopped nine shots.

Thanks to solid efforts from Riner and Ferguson, neither team managed a goal until late in the first half when Gentry scored in the 37th minute to give the Lady Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. After a shot by Amala Elder bounced off a MCHS defender, Ferguson collided with a teammate and fell down before Gentry ran down the ball and lofted it into the left hand corner of the net from the top of the penalty box.

In the 39th minute, Emily Spence kicked in a rebound from point blank range to the tie the game at 1-1 after Riner made a diving attempt to stop a long range shot by Laura Spence that bounced off the right post of the net.

Campbell then gave the Lady Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage in the closing moments of the half when she deflected a Foster corner kick past Ferguson during injury time.

Cornersville's lead lasted just six minutes into the second half, as Jouett lined a close range shot past Riner to knot the score at 2-2 after receiving a pass from Emily Spence in front of the net.

The Tigerettes pulled ahead 3-2 in the 50th minute when Wilson took a pass from Spence on the right side of the field and curled a 20-yard shot just underneath the top post of the goal.

Ferguson made three saves over the next 11 minutes to preserve Marshall County's slender lead before Foster narrowly missed wide left on a 30-yard shot from the middle of the field.

Jouett then tacked on an insurance goal in the 66th minute to stake the Tigerettes to a 4-2 lead by rifling an uncontested shot past Riner after receiving a pass from Johnson in the middle of the field.