Tigerettes undefeated since milestone win

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
MCHS freshman Michala Hopkins (5) gets hacked and converts on a layup after a steal and dish from Jameka Braden in the third quarter of the Tigerettes' 59-43 win over Giles County Saturday night in Lewisburg. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

On Dec. 22, 2011, the Marshall County High School Tigerettes recorded the 1,000th win in their storied program with a victory over McGavock at the East Literature Christmas Classic when they defeated the Lady Raiders 55-44, and they have not lost since.

The four-time TSSAA state champions (1972, 1976, 1980, 2008) won their third straight District 12-AA game since the milestone victory in Nashville with the latest win coming Saturday night at the Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg in a 59-43 coast-to-coast win over Giles County, improving their all-time win/loss record to 1003-386 since 1963.

MCHS sophomore Jameka Braden, who scored 12 points in the win over the Lady Bobcats, talked about the milestone after the game, "It feels good to be part of the tradition of the Marshall County Tigerettes. Coach Henry (Jerrie) preaches to us all the time about what it means to be a Tigerette and as we get older, we all understand the importance."

Henry was a standout player on the 1972 title team and has been an assistant coach for several years and was also the head coach in 2010.

In Saturday's make-up game, postponed from Friday because of the winter weather, Braden and the Tigerettes received a big boost from junior Destiny Moore, who poured in a career-high 19 points over Giles County.

Braden skied high to win the opening tip and the ball went directly to Morgan Moyers, who raced in for an open layup.

After a Giles County basket by Kendall Greene, Braden scored on consecutive Tigerette possessions before blocking a shot and feeding Moyers, who drained a three-pointer from the right wing to open up a 9-2 lead.

Carley Thompson and Greene added consecutive baskets for the Lady Bobcats to make it 9-6, before Moore scored on a runner in the lane, and after a Braden steal, Moyers scored again.

Giles County would get to within four points at 15-11, but the Tigerettes would go on a 7-0 run to end the first period, beginning with a Megan Sanders three-point play in the paint, followed by a pair of rebounds and put-backs by Michala Hopkins and Braden.

Tigerette freshman Mecia Reed opened up the scoring in the second quarter for the Tigerettes and Kamry Coffey matched the Reed basket before Moore scored and then stole the rock and scored again to make it 28-13, forcing a Giles County timeout with 5:38 remaining in the first half.

Marshall County turned up their defensive effort to a fever pitch after the Giles County stoppage and went on a huge 10-2 burst to end the half with a 38-15 lead.

A Greene trey, followed by a bucket in the paint by Shante McNairy gave the Lady Cats some hope at the outset of the second half as the Tigerettes came out a little flat after the intermission.

Moore finally got the Tigerettes a second-half basket at the 3:50 mark of the third period to make it a 20-point game at 40-20, and from there, MCHS got their footing back and went to the final period, leading 48-26.

The Lady Bobcats would not fold and scored the first four points of the fourth quarter until Braden scored on a three-point play in the paint and Reed drained a long bomb to open up a 22-point margin.

The Tigerettes would not face another threat and won going away by the 26-point margin to improve to 6-13 on the season, but the MCHS girls are now 5-4 in district play, just one game out of third place.

Moyers finished with nine points for MCHS, Marissa Lyttle and Reed ended up with six points apiece, Hopkins had four, and Sanders rounded the scoring for the Tigerettes with three.

Greene led all scorers in the ballgame with 22 points for Giles County.

Marshall County travels to East Hickman on Tuesday and to Hohenwald on Friday as they continue a seven-game league stretch of games that will go a long way to determining the seeding for the upcoming District 12-AA Tournament