Tigerettes trounce East Hickman

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Marshall County's Marissa Lyttle scores on a layup in the third quarter against East Hickman. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Having lost their first seven games of the season, the Marshall County Tigerettes put a mark in the win column on Friday night by defeating the East Hickman Lady Eagles 46-32 at home.

The Tigerettes (1-7, 1-1 District) controlled the game from start to finish and built a 26-10 lead in the first half before opening up a 46-19 advantage midway through the fourth quarter en route to claiming the 14-point victory.

Facing a 2-3 zone for much of the evening, MCHS shot only 34 percent from the field (18-of-53), which included a 5-of-21 effort from three-point range, but outrebounded East Hickman 27-18, held a commanding 15-1 edge on the offensive glass, and committed only 14 turnovers.

The Lady Eagles (0-6, 0-1 District), conversely, shot 46 percent from the floor (13-of-28), highlighted by three treys, but were hamstrung by 24 turnovers and finished with 25 fewer field goal attempts than Marshall County.

Junior center Marissa Lyttle posted a double-double and led the Tigerettes with a game high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds. Jameka Braden followed Lyttle with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Morgan Moyers and Mecia Reed added eight and six points respectively with Moyers recording six steals. Megan Sanders (three points) and Machala Hopkins (two points) rounded out the scoring for MCHS.

"It was a big relief to get a win tonight. We can start focusing on the next step now," said Marshall County coach David Junkins. "It was nice to see other players beside Jameka get involved early tonight. The girls stepped up and played well. We made an effort after the Giles County loss to become more fundamentally sound. We want to own the paint both offensively and defensively."

Reserve guard Haley DePriest hit all five of her shots and paced East Hickman with 14 points, while MacKenzie Rochelle and Amber Galyon had nine and four points respectively.

MCHS got off to a strong start and jumped out to an 11-2 lead late in the first quarter with the help of two treys from Reed and a Lyttle three-point play.

The Lady Eagles tallied the last five points of the first period to narrow the gap to 11-7, but the Tigerettes outscored East Hickman 15-3 in the second quarter behind a three from Sanders and six points apiece from Braden and Lyttle to push their lead to 26-10 at the break.

After the Lady Eagles trimmed the deficit to 28-14 in the third quarter, Marshall County put together an 18-5 run on the strength of six points from Lyttle and a pair of threes from Moyers to forge a 46-19 advantage with 3:40 left in the fourth before coasting to the 46-32 triumph.