Tigers pummel Patriots

Friday, December 16, 2011
Marshall County's Brock Spencer shoots a left handed runner over a pair of Page defenders in the third quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday night, the Marshall County Tigers extended their current winning streak to five games by whipping district rival Page 57-40 in Franklin.

Having defeated the Patriots five straight times coming into Tuesday's contest, the Tigers (6-1, 4-1) dominated the first half of play and held a commanding 34-14 lead at the break. Marshall County then opened up a 38-14 advantage at the start of the third quarter before coasting to the 17-point victory.

Bolstered by an 8-of-13 shooting performance in the first period, the Tigers shot an impressive 51 percent (24-of-47) from the field overall, which included a 5-of-12 effort from three-point range, while committing just 10 turnovers.

Although Page (0-10, 0-4) outrebounded MCHS 31-27, held a 16-8 edge on the offensive boards, and committed only 12 turnovers, the Patriots shot a dismal 29 percent (16-of-55) and knocked down just 1-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc.

"When you shoot the ball well and do a decent job of defending that's a recipe for winning," said Marshall County coach Jason Tigert. "A lot of people expected us to get off to a slow start, but we're 6-1 right now and we expect to win. We're tickled to death to come out of here with a big District win."

Senior sharpshooter Brock Spencer drilled three treys and led the Tigers with 12 points, three assists, and three steals, while Aaron Hobbs, Barry Mayes, and Cameron Bowers tallied 11, nine, and eight points respectively with Mayes and Bowers each pulling down six rebounds. Kevin Peterson and Corbin Clack also added five points apiece for MCHS and Chris Walker, Dusty Lickly and Kacey Pleas chipped in four, two, and one point respectively.

Michael Norby paced Page with nine points, while Hunter Bennefield, Seth Mangrum, and Murphy Brazell notched eight, seven, and six points respectively.

The Tigers appeared they might turn the game into a complete rout early on and raced out to a 22-5 lead with 6:35 left in the second quarter on the strength of nine points from Spencer, six points from Hobbs, and a Clack three.

"We talked about taking their hope away at the start of the game. When you can jump on a team that's struggling it gives you that much more of an advantage," said Tigert.

The Patriots trimmed the deficit to 24-10 midway through the second, but Marshall County closed the period with a 10-4 run, highlighted by treys from Spencer and Mayes, to take a 34-14 advantage into the break.

After Bowers and Walker each hit layups to make it 38-14 early in the third, Page narrowed the gap to 40-22 midway through the period before MCHS countered with a 6-2 spurt behind four points from Mayes and a Bowers layup to push their lead to 46-24 at the end of the stanza.

The Patriots then outscored the Tigers 16-11 in the fourth quarter for the 57-40 final.