Tigers pull away from East Hickman

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Marshall County's Kevin Peterson scores on a layup over East Hickman's Brandon McFeeley in the first quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After falling 57-48 to Giles County earlier in the week and suffering their first regular season District loss in nearly three years, the Marshall County Tigers evened their conference record at 1-1 by defeating the East Hickman Eagles 72-54 at home on Friday night.

MCHS had trouble shaking the Eagles for much of the game and held a 39-30 lead at halftime before East Hickman whittled the deficit to 44-43 midway through the third quarter.

The Eagles, though, were unable to keep pace with Marshall County after that point, as the Tigers outscored East Hickman 28-11 the rest of the way to pull away for the 18-point victory.

Bolstered by an 11-of-23 effort from three-point range, Marshall County finished with 29 field goals on 44 percent shooting while committing just five turnovers. The Tigers also outrebounded the Eagles 30-26 and held a 11-6 edge on the offensive glass.

Junior guard Kevin Peterson spearheaded Marshall County's offensive attack by pouring in a game high 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go along with nine rebounds, four steals, and two blocked shots. Brock Spencer drilled four treys and followed Peterson with 14 points, while Chris Walker, Cameron Bowers, Barry Mayes, and Aaron Hobbs tallied nine, eight, seven, and six points respectively. Jesse Kilpatrick, Kacey Pleas, and Trent Wiles rounded out the scoring for the Tigers with two points apiece.

"We feel very comfortable shooting the three. All five of our starters can shoot the long ball and they had the green light until we slowed things down in the fourth quarter," said MCHS coach Jason Tigert. "Kevin is capable of big things and gives us some offensive firepower. He's athletic and can shoot so he's a tough matchup for teams."

East Hickman, meanwhile, shot a respectable 42 percent from the field (19-of-45) and knocked down 8-of-18 three-pointers, but were hurt by 16 turnovers.

Guard Steven Tomlin paced the Eagles with 15 points, while Dalton Moore, Caleb Profitt, Jordan Anglin, and Brandon McFeeley added 10, nine, eight, and seven points respectively.

MCHS came charging out of the gate and built a 14-4 lead midway through the first quarter with the help of six points from Peterson and a pair of threes from Walker and Spencer.

East Hickman narrowed the gap to 14-10 late in the first period, before the Tigers responded with an 8-2 spurt, highlighted by treys from Hobbs and Peterson, to open up a 22-12 advantage with 7:45 left in the second.

After the Eagles outscored Marshall County 14-7 over the next four minutes to cut the deficit to 29-26, MCHS put together a 10-2 run on the strength of four points from Walker and a couple of threes from Spencer and Hobbs to push their lead to 39-28 prior to taking a 39-30 advantage into the break.

Following a three by Spencer at the start of the third quarter, which gave the Tigers a 42-30 lead, East Hickman tallied 13 of the next 15 points to close the gap to 44-43 with 3:50 left in the stanza.

Marshall County, though, opened up some breathing room by hitting the Eagles with a 22-5 run behind 10 points from Peterson and five points from Mayes to forge a 66-48 advantage with 2:12 left in the fourth period before coasting to the 72-54 win.