Tigers defeat Hickman County
Coming off a 51-41 loss to archrival Spring Hill, the Marshall County Tigers (10-5, 6-2) showed signs of an emotional hangover on Friday night, but still defeated the Hickman County Bulldogs 58-53 at home to snap a two-game losing streak.
Having won all ten meetings against Hickman County since the Bulldogs rejoined their District in 2007, Marshall County held a 29-20 lead at the break despite getting off to a sluggish start.
The Tigers then opened up a 48-32 advantage midway through the fourth quarter before holding off a late Hickman County rally.
Although the Bulldogs (2-16, 1-6) shot a respectable 47 percent (18-of-38) from the field, hit 3-of-7 three-point attempts, and outscored MCHS 14-10 at the foul line, Hickman County shot themselves in the foot by committing 23 turnovers.
The Tigers, conversely, shot only 34 percent (20-of-59) from the floor, which included an 8-of-26 performance from beyond the arc, but committed only 13 turnovers, held a 16-4 edge on the offensive boards, and outrebounded the Bulldogs 31-28 overall.
"It wasn't our best effort. We didn't have a lot of energy and we let Hickman County hang around," said Marshall County coach Jason Tigert. "A lot of people talked about this being a trap game since we have Giles County coming up next, but we had good practices the last two days. We just didn't perform tonight. Give credit to Hickman County because they didn't give up and stayed in the game."
Junior forward Cameron Bowers led the Tigers offensively by pouring in a career high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. Chris Walker followed Bowers with 10 points and four steals, while Kevin Peterson and Aaron Hobbs both added seven points with Peterson recording 11 rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Brock Spencer and Corbin Clark also chipped in five points apiece for MCHS, and Barry Mayes had three points.
"They chose to back off Cameron and he made them pay," said Tigert. "They were committed to stopping other guys and he stepped up for us tonight."
Blane Wright paced the Bulldogs with 22 points, while Logan Hill and Logan Skelton tallied 14 and 13 points respectively.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 8-2 lead thanks to a pair of treys from Walker and a Bowers layup, but Hickman County responded with a 13-4 spurt to pull ahead 15-12 with 6:50 left in the second quarter.
Marshall County then outscored the Bulldogs 17-5 over the final 6:15 of the second period behind five points apiece from Bowers, Peterson and Clack to take a 29-20 lead into the break.
In the third, Wright scored on a layup to trim the deficit to 29-22, before MCHS put together an 9-2 run with the help of five points from Spencer and four points from Bowers to open up a 38-24 advantage midway through the quarter.
After Hickman County narrowed the gap to 40-30, Hobbs and Mayes both knocked down treys in the final minute of the third period to give the Tigers a 46-32 lead before Peterson hit two free throws with 4:54 remaining in the fourth to make it 48-32.
The Bulldogs outscored Marshall County 13-4 over the next two and a half minutes to slice the deficit to 52-45, but MCHS stretched their lead to 58-46 with :27 left on two layups and a couple of free throws from Bowers en route to claiming the 58-53 win.