"We came out and the girls followed the game plan to a tee," said MCHS head coach David Junkins. "We jumped out to a lead, but I knew Lewis County would find their rhythm and it would be a close ballgame."
The Tigerettes jumped on the Lady Panthers early, leading 14-7 after the first quarter, thanks to five points from Morgan Moyers and Destiny Moore, and four in the low post by Marissa Lyttle.
Marshall County would lead by nine points three times in the second period with the last margin sitting at 23-14 after a three-pointer by Jameka Braden with two and a half minutes remaining in the first half.
Lewis County would not go away as they stormed back with an 8-2 run to end the half trailing 25-22 as Bailey Feichtinger hit two treys during the comeback for the Hohenwald school.
Quarter number three was nip and tuck with the Lady Panthers slicing the MCHS to just one point at 31-30 on a three-bomb by Leanna Amacher, but a late Tigerette bucket by Lyttle on a rebound and put-back gave the home team a 33-30 lead, entering the final eight minutes of play.
With 5:31 left in the contest, Lewis County finally got even at 37-37 on a three-pointer by Haylee Trull.
A Machala Hopkins free throw put the Tigerettes back up by one, but Hayden Rawdon hit a jumper at the other end for Lewis County and the Lady Panthers would lead by one point late until Moyers stole the ball and fed Moore on the run for the go-ahead hoop with 41.7 seconds left.
Ten seconds later, Trull re-knotted the contest at 41-41 on one of two from the charity stripe.
Unfortunately, MCHS turned the ball over and Lewis County (3-2, 2-1) converted at the other end to lead 43-41 with just seconds left.
The Tigerettes (1-9, 1-2) would not get a good shot off and the game ended with Lewis County stealing the win.
Junkins said, "We just have to keep our stride and keep our composure. With a young team, I think we did a much better job of that than any game this year.
Even though this was a loss, this was the best game we played all year."
Lyttle lead all scorers with 14 points in the ballgame, Moyers and Moore had 9, Braden 6, Megan Sanders had 2 points, and Hopkins 1 for the Tigerettes, who will be back in action Friday night in their first ever meeting with District 12AA newcomer Summit in Williamson County.