Page tops Tigerettes

Friday, December 16, 2011
Marshall County's Mecia Reed shoots an off balance layup in the second quarter against Page. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes fell below .500 in District 12-AA play on Tuesday night when they lost 54-41 on the road to the Page Lady Patriots.

Page (6-2, 3-1) took control of the game early and built a 26-13 lead in the first half before opening up a 35-13 cushion with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

Marshall County (2-10, 2-3) made things interesting and rallied to cut the deficit to 38-30 early in the fourth period.

The Lady Patriots, however, kept their composure during crunch time and pushed their lead to 18 points late in the fourth quarter en route to claiming their second straight win over MCHS.

Although Marshall County got to the foul line frequently and hit 20-of-31 free throws, the Tigerettes mustered just nine baskets on 28 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-10 effort from three-point range, while Page forced 19 MCHS turnovers and recorded eight blocked shots.

"I was upset with our lack of intensity and our lack of screening in the first half. We probably set only three solid screens in the first half and all of them were on inbound plays," said MCHS coach Dave Junkins. "In the second half, we executed better and got back into the game. We also had too many turnovers especially in the first half. We just didn't play smart tonight."

Forward Jameka Braden posted a double-double and led Marshall County with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and three steals. Marissa Lyttle followed Braden with five points, while Mecia Reed and Megan Sanders tallied four and three points respectively. Morgan Moyers, Destiny Moore, and Kemesha McFall chipped in two points apiece as well and Joslyn Scarfone had one point.

Page, conversely, finished with 17 field goals on 35 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-10 performance from beyond the arc, and made 17-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe. The Lady Patriots also outrebounded the Tigerettes 30-23, held a 11-3 edge on the offensive glass, and committed only 13 turnovers.

Center Bria White paced Page with 23 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots, while Chloe Wiggington added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Cat Taylor and Tate Byram tallied eight and five points respectively for the Lady Patriots as well and combined to dish out seven assists.

Marshall County inched out to a 6-4 lead early in the first quarter with the help of a layup by Moyers and a Reed trey, but Page staggered the Tigerettes by hitting them with a 20-2 run to seize a 24-8 advantage late in the second period.

After MCHS outscored the Lady Patriots 5-2 over the final 2:20 of the second quarter to trim the deficit to 26-13 at the break, Page notched the first nine points of the third period to forge a 35-13 advantage.

The Tigerettes tried to claw their way back into the game and put together a 17-3 run behind 10 points from Braden and a three from Sanders to narrow the gap to 38-30 with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter.

Marshall County, though, ran out of steam down the stretch, as the Lady Patriots outscored MCHS 16-6 over the next seven minutes to forge a 54-36 lead before claiming the 54-41 victory.