Tigers falter in fourth quarter at Spring Hill

Friday, January 6, 2012
Photo by Anthony S. Puca Marshall County's Kevin Peterson (5) drives around Spring Hill's Dustin Skelley (5) for two of his game high 16 points in the Tigers' 51-41 loss to the Raiders Tuesday night in Maury County.

After posting an 8-1 record to start the season, the Marshall County Tigers (9-5, 5-2) have dropped four out of their last five ballgames with the latest loss coming at Spring Hill Tuesday night, 51-41.

The Raiders came into the ballgame sporting an impressive 12-1 overall record and all twelve wins came after an opening season one-point 51-50 road loss to Summertown that they made up for Monday night in a fifty-one-point home romp over the Eagles.

When the Tigers and the Raiders meet, it is usually a close contest between the two District 12-AA archrivals and it was Tuesday until the Spring Hill pulled away in the fourth quarter to gain the victory.

Spring Hill's Keilan Blanks and Marshall County's Kevin Peterson traded three-bombs to set the tone for the night in a run and gun shootout.

By the time the early dust had settled, Spring Hill held a slim 16-13 advantage after the first eight minutes.

A J.T. Farmer bucket in the paint at the outset of the second period for the Raiders made it 18-13 before Barry Mayes drained a rainbow trey to cut the lead to two points at 18-16.

Two missed foul shots by Spring Hill set up one charity shot by Peterson to cut the lead to a single digit, and after a Raider brick, Peterson went downtown to give the visiting Tigers a 20-18 lead midway through the period.

Blanks and Nathan Prewitt scored back-to-back buckets for the Raiders to seesaw the lead back to the hometowners at 22-20 before the Tigers went on a huge 8-1 run to end the half with a 28-23 lead.

Cameron Bowers started the run with a steal and score and Mayes ended it the same way when he swiped the ball and scored as the clocked ticked to zero.

Peterson scored on a jumper early in the third period to open up a seven-point lead for MCHS, but the Raiders turned on the jets to eventually tie the game at 31 on a Dustin Skelley basket with 3:25 remaining in the period.

Mayes and Tony Sparkman traded buckets inside the last two minutes and the game went to the final period tied at 33.

Blanks was fouled attempting a three-pointer at the outset of the final period and missed the first two shots.

After a mistake by the officials that allowed play to resume after the second free throw, Blanks was allowed back on the line and drained the third attempt to put the Raiders up 34-33.

Several moments later, Blanks would score again to make it a five-point game at 40-35 before Bowers made a nice move in the paint for a basket, cutting the margin back to three points at 40-37.

From there, Spring Hill went on an 11-4 game ending run to secure the ten-point win and remain undefeated in district play at 7-0.

Peterson led all scorers with 16 points, Bowers scored nine, Chris Walker had four, Brock Spencer had one trey, and Tim Hutton scored two points for the Tigers.

Blanks led Spring Hill with 14 points, Skelley ended up with 9, Farmer, Prewitt, and Montrae Williams all scored seven, Kiont Jones scored four, and Sparkman rounded out the scoring on the night with 3 points.