Tigerettes fall to Columbia; still winless on the season

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tigerette standout Jameka Braden (30) scores two of her game high 26 points in Marshall County's 78-60 loss to Columbia Central Tuesday night in Lewisburg. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

For the second year in a row, the Marshall County Tigerettes have dropped their first three games to to start the season as they fell 78-60 to Columbia Central Tuesday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

After falling behind 4-0 to begin the game, Mecia Reed scored on a three-point play after driving to the hoop.

Kenytra Bumpas hit a jumper for the Lady Lions to make it a 6-3 ballgame before Jameka Braden scored on back-to-back possessions for the Tigerettes, giving MCHS a 7-6 lead.

Moments later, Braden drilled a three-pointer for a 10-8 Tigerette lead.

Columbia's Chesnia Lee tied the game at 10, but a Machala Hopkins bucket, followed by a Braden rebound and put-back forged a 14-10 Marshall County lead.

That would be the last time the Tigerettes would be on the favorable end of the scoreboard as the Lady Lions ran off eight straight points to end the first quarter with a 22-14 edge.

Columbia would build their lead to twenty-points by the end of the first half, holding a 46-26 advantage.

The Tigerettes would mount a serious comeback in quarter number three, outscoring Columbia 22-9 over the next six and a half minutes to trail by five points at 53-48.

In the comeback, the Tigerettes displayed a balanced scoring attack with Braden leading the way with 9 points, Destiny Moore had 6 markers in the spurt, Marissa Lyttle scored her only four points of the game in the run, and Morgan Moyers drilled a three-pointer.

It was not to be as the Lady Lions raced away on a 8-5 run to end the period and led 61-52, entering the final eight minutes of action.

In the fourth period, it was all Columbia as they put the Tigerettes away with 17-8 burst to win by eighteen points.

Braden poured in 26 points to lead the Tigerettes in the scoring column, Moore finished with 10, Moyers scored 5, Megan Sanders and Lyttle ended up with 4 points apiece, Reed tallied 3, and Christy Pettigrew, Kemesha McFall, and Hopkins rounded out the scoring with 2 points apiece.

Raquel Lockridge led the Lady Lions with 21 points, Lee added 17, Cokie Young scored 15, Mikayla Timmons netted 8, Bumpas ended up with a half dozen, Maya Horner scored 5, and Kaliyah Conway, Brittany Anthony, and Fanise Conner all scored 2 markers apiece.