Tigerettes start new year with road win

Friday, January 6, 2012
Photo by Anthony S. Puca MCHS sophomore Jameka Braden (30) scores on a jumper in the lane for two of her game high 24 points as the Tigerettes began 2012 with a big 61-42 road win at Spring Hill Tuesday night.

After breaking a four-game losing streak with a win over McGavock before Christmas, the Marshall County Tigerettes (4-13, 3-4) made it two in a row with a big 61-42 road win at Spring Hill (1-9, 0-6) Tuesday night.

Jameka Braden turned in another stellar performance for the Tigerettes as the sophomore poured in a game-high 24 points that included an impressive 9-10 stint at the free throw line.

"I am very pleased with the effort tonight," said MCHS head coach David Junkins. "We worked hard over Christmas and kind of refined a few things, took some stuff out that wasn't working for us, and the things we were doing well we are going to focus on and we said this is us, this our identity, and that is who we are going to be the rest of the season."

Braden got off quick with a jumper to start the contest and it was no accident as Junkins said, "When we get her that first shot and she knocks it down we know it is going to be a good night for us."

The Tigerettes did a fantastic job of crashing the boards, especially at the offensive end as they grabbed 18 rebounds off their own missed shots and most of them turned into points.

Marissa Lyttle knocked in four rebounds for points and ended up with 15 points in the contest; one blocked shot, and made three-out-of-four from the charity stripe.

The only two times the Tigerettes trailed in the contest was at 4-2 and 9-6 in the first quarter before going on a 9-2 run that was capped off by a Destiny Moore three-bomb to end the period with a 15-11 lead.

A Morgan Moyers steal and score on Spring Hill's first touch of the second quarter made it 17-11 and Braden hit one for two from the line after a Lady Raiders' miscue, then followed that up with rebound and put-back in the paint moments later to build the Tigerettes' lead to 20-11.

Moore would hit another trey midway through the quarter to open up a 25-13 lead and the Tigerettes went to the halftime intermission with a ten-point 27-17 lead.

Braden duplicated the game-beginning jumper with another to kick-off the second half for a twelve-point lead, but buckets by Jasmine Jetton and Leisa Butler kept the hometown girls in the contest at 29-21.

A Lyttle rebound and put-back, two Braden free throws, and a Moore jumper in the lane gave the Lewisburg girls a 35-21 lead with 3:06 remaining in the third quarter and forced Spring Hill to take a timeout to calm the storm.

Amari Thompson scored after the stoppage for Spring Hill, but the Tigerettes turned it on again and led 39-23 on a Braden three-bomb before Katie Hall matched the Braden long ball at the buzzer to cut the MCHS lead to 39-26, entering the final eight minutes of play.

Kway Wilson scored for the Lady Raiders at the outset of the fourth quarter before Marshall County essentially put the game away with another 9-2 run to lead 48-30.

Braden scored five points in the stretch and Moore and Lyttle had the other four points as the Tigerettes cruised in with the 19-point victory.

Moore finished with 12 points (2 treys), Moyers had a nice game with 9 points (one trey, 2 steals), and Megan Sanders had one free throw.

Butler led Spring Hill with 14 points.

The win over the Lady Raiders kicked off a six-game District 12-AA stretch of games that continues Friday night versus Hickman County (11-7, 4-2) at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

"Hopefully we can take that next step forward Friday night," said Junkins. "We are hopefully turning a whole new leaf over and I think we can get that win if we play like we did tonight."