Yellow Jackets put sting on Tigerettes

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Jameka Braden (30) takes the ball strong to the Fairview basket for two her team-high 10 points in the Tigerettes' 37-31 loss Friday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

In a District 12AA contest in Lewisburg, the Marshall County Tigerettes battled and fought the Lady Yellow Jackets from Fairview the entire game before succumbing in the final minutes Friday night, losing in the end 37-31.

Marshall County built a nice 8-3 first quarter lead behind five points from Destiny Moore and three points by Jameka Braden, but the five-point gap was short-lived as Fairview's Dani Moore hit a deuce and a trey as the first period ended knotted up at eight.

Taylor Langston scored on three consecutive possessions down low for the Lady Jackets to open up the second quarter before Braden broke the string with a basket to cut the Fairview lead to 14-10.

Christiana Purvis and MCHS' Destiny Moore traded baskets, making 16-12 and the margin would stay the same until Purvis drilled a trey with just seconds remaining in the first half to give the visiting Yellow Jackets a 23-16 at the intermission.

Tigerette freshman Mecia Reed scored the first six points of the second half on a traditional three-point driving basket, and after a Fairview miscue, Reed drilled a three-bomb to slice the lead to a single digit at 23-22.

A single free throw by Tiffany Franks gave Fairview a two-point lead, but Braden got the Tigerettes even at two dozen apiece on a rebound and put-back.

Marshall County would finally take the lead at 27-26 on two free throws by Marissa Lyttle at the end of the third period.

It was a seesaw affair to begin the final eight minutes as the lead changed hands twice before the Tigerettes went up by three points at 31-28 on a pair of Braden charity shots with 3:35 remaining in the contest.

Marshall County would not score again as they turned the ball over five times down the stretch and Fairview took advantage, outscoring the home town Tigerettes 9-0 the rest of the way to win by the six-point margin.

Braden ended up with 10 points to lead the Tigerettes in the scoring column, while Lyttle scored eight, Moore netted seven, and Reed had the 6 points to begin the second half.

Dani Moore led the Yellow Jackets with 11 points, Purvis scored nine, Langston finished with eight, Karson Mullens netted six, Amy Mangrum 2, and Franks rounded out the scoring with her one free throw.