Tigerettes edge Hickman County

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Marshall County's Morgan Moyers knocks down a three-pointer in the second quarter against Hickman County. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Friday night, the Marshall County Tigerettes notched their third straight win by defeating District 12-AA rival Hickman County 36-35 at home.

Although the Lady Bulldogs (11-8, 4-3) were without the services of three starters and their top reserve due to school disciplinary measures, Hickman County put up a tough fight and held an 18-16 lead at halftime before opening up a 31-24 advantage late in the third quarter.

The Tigerettes (5-13, 4-4), though, eventually wore down the short handed Lady Bulldogs and used a 12-2 run to seize a 36-33 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Despite failing to score the rest of the way, MCHS held on for the one-point victory when Hickman County center Josie Blystad missed a potential game tying free throw with four seconds left.

"It was definitely a big win. We finished out the first half of the District schedule with a 4-4 record so we have the confidence that we can play with anybody," said Marshall County coach Dave Junkins.

With the Tigerettes doubling teaming sophomore point guard and the Lady Bulldogs' leading scorer Hannah Pendergrass for much of the evening, Hickman County mustered only 11 field goals on 39 percent shooting, which included a 2-of-7 effort from three-point range. The Lady Bulldogs did outrebound MCHS 28-15, but offset that by committing 21 turnovers.

"Pendergrass to me is the best point guard in the District. She can score and handle the ball so we wanted to get the ball out of her hands and make other people beat us," said Junkins.

Marshall County, meanwhile, shot a mere 26 percent (12-of-46) from the field overall and hit only 5-of-26 attempts from beyond the arc, but committed just nine turnovers.

Morgan Moyers drilled four treys and led the Tigerettes with 14 points, while Destiny Moore added 11 points. Jameka Bradan also tallied seven points, six rebounds, and four steals for MCHS, and Marissa Lyttle chipped in four points and four steals.

Ginger Conder paced Hickman County with 10 points, while Pendergrass and Blystad both finished with eight points. Kristen Witherspoon and Tria Sharp notched seven and two points respectively for the Lady Bulldogs as well.

Hickman County got off to a fast start and jumped out to a 11-1 lead with 2:51 left in the first quarter, but the Tigerettes countered with a 10-0 run, highlighted by two threes from Moyers, to tie the game at 11-11 early in the second period.

The Lady Bulldogs then outscored MCHS 7-3 over the next six minutes to pull ahead 18-14 late in the half before Braden hit two free throws in the closing seconds of the stanza to trim the deficit to 18-16 at the break.

Hickman County opened the second half with a 13-8 spurt to push their lead to 31-24 with 1:32 left in the third quarter, but Marshall County rattled off seven straight points thanks to three baskets from Moore and a Braden free throw to knot the score at 31-31 early in the fourth period.

After Blystad scored on a layup to give the Lady Bulldogs a brief 33-31advantage, Moyers buried a trey from the top of the key before Lyttle hit a layup to put the Tigerettes up 36-33 with 4:31 remaining.

Following two free throws from Witherspoon, which narrowed the gap to 36-35, Hickman County missed a two shots on their final possession, but Blystad was fouled with :04 left during the scramble for the rebound.

Blystad then missed the front end of a one-and-one and Marshall County secured the rebound to escape with the 36-35 victory.