Yellow Jackets swatted out of Tigers' den
The Marshall County Tigers allowed Yellow Jackets to buzz around Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium early before pouncing on their visitors from Fairview and then never let up in a huge 59-33 swatting Friday night in Lewisburg.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Tigers as they improved to 7-1 on the season and their 5-1 District 12AA mark puts them in a tie for second place with Giles County (7-1, 4-1), headed into the holiday tournament play.
Spring Hill, who is undefeated in 6 league games and 6-1 overall will host the Tigers in the first game of 2012 when the two teams battle on January 3.
Marshall County will play Smyrna (Dec. 20) and McGavock (Dec. 22) at the East Literature Christmas Classic before travelling to the Richland Christmas gala after opening presents for a pair of games versus Collinwood (7-3) on the 29th and Perry County (9-2) on the 30th.
The Yellow Jackets took an early 5-2 lead on a basket by Garrett Walls and a three-point play in the paint by Deondre Moore before the Tigers ran off nine straight points, beginning with a rebound and put-back by Cameron Bowers.
Brock Spencer nailed the first of his three treys after the Bowers basket and Barry Mayes added consecutive buckets before Fairview scored again late in the period.
Marshall County would stretch their lead to double digits by the end of the quarter on another three-bomb by Spencer and a Mayes three-pointer and two-pointer.
The Tigers took the 17-7 lead to the second quarter and built on it as they turned up the fast break points off a swarming defensive effort to lead 31-15 at the half.
Mayes had six more points in the period, including a rebound and put-back, a steal and score, and a leaping leaner in the lane to end the half.
Kevin Peterson and Aaron Hobbs also got into the act with five points each as they both nailed a trey and a deuce.
Bowers would drill a three-pointer to begin a second half that was all Tigers as they outscored Fairview 28-18 the remainder of the ballgame to take the twenty-six point victory.
Hobbs led all scorers in the ballgame with 16 points (2 treys), Mayes finished with 15, Bowers was also in double digits with 10, Spencer had nine points on his three treys, Peterson added 7, and Corbin Clack rounded out the Tigers' scoring with 2 points.
Joshua Lampley led the Jackets with 11 points, Walls scored 10, Moore had a half dozen, Grant Estes added 4, and DJ Jones scored two.