Tigers maul Panthers 61-41 for third straight win

Friday, December 9, 2011
Marshall County sophomore Aaron Hobbs (4), who hit the game winner Saturday night at Lawrence County, drives to the hoop in the Tigers' 61-41 win over Lewis County Tuesday night at the Dottie Kelso memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

With ten seconds to go Saturday night at Lawrence County, the MCHS Tigers trailed by three points, but incredibly won the ballgame 58-55 on an Aaron Hobbs buzzer-beater, and back in Lewisburg on Tuesday, the Tigers kept the long-balls flying in a 61-41 trouncing over Lewis County.

Kevin Peterson drilled a trey on Marshall County's first possession versus the Panthers to light the long ball fuse that would total 10 for the ballgame.

It was win number three in a row for the Tigers, who were all over the Panthers from the outset with three-bombs, tip-ins, steals and scores, and an energy level off the charts.

The Tigers took a 16-9 margin into the second quarter, quickly throwing gasoline on the fire on a three-bomb by Hobbs, a steal and score from Peterson to Hobbs, and a Peterson trey on consecutive passions to open up a commanding 24-9 lead.

Barry Mayes would drill two more treys in the quarter to go along with missiles from Peterson and Brock Spencer as the Tigers gouged open a 38-25 lead by halftime.

The Tigers continued the relentless attack in the third period as Spencer and Mayes nailed back-to-back 3's to open the second half, sparking Marshall County off on a 15-0 run before Lewis County finally got on the scoreboard with 1:55 remaining in the quarter.

MCHS took a 53-27 lead to the final eight minutes as Tiger head coach Jason Tigert emptied the bench and the hometown cats cruised to the 61-41 victory.

The Tigers (3-1, 2-1) were led in the scoring column by Peterson, who had a game high 20 points (4 treys), Mayes had 11 (three treys), Hobbs 7 (one treys), Spencer 6 (two treys), Tim Hutton scored four points, and while Kacy Pleas and Cameron Bowers had two markers apiece.

Charter Helton led Lewis County with 12 points, Alex Pulley scored 10, Garrett O'Brien netted eight, Zach Brewer scored three, and Ronnie Yeiser, Cody Owen, Michael Greene, and Jordan Brewer all scored 2 points each.