Tigerettes take care of business

Friday, January 27, 2012
Photo by Anthony S. Puca Marshall County's Marissa Lyttle (44) takes the rock strong to the hoop in the Tigerettes' 55-36 win over Summit Tuesday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

The Marshall County Tigerettes took care of business Tuesday night, claiming a 55-36 coast-to-coast win over Summit at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

"The coaching staff, we were a little worried we might overlook this game like the East Hickman game and come in and not take care of business," said MCHS head coach David Junkins. "But, I think the girls learned their lesson from the East Hickman game and came in and took care of their business tonight."

With their seventh win in a row, the Tigerettes improved to 9-13 on the season, but more importantly stayed in one of the top four spots in the District 12-AA standings at 8-4.

Fairview sits in first at 9-1, Giles County is second at 8-1, the Tigerettes remained in third, Hickman County (7-5) fourth, Giles County and Lewis County are tied for fifth at 6-5, Summit is sixth (3-9), Spring Hill seventh (2-9), and East Hickman is in last with an 0-10 league mark.

The top four spots will host a first round district tournament game before moving to East Hickman for completion.

Destiny Moore, who led all scorers in the game with 17 points scored on the game's first possession to give the Tigerettes a lead they would never surrender.

The Tigerettes would build a 7-0 lead after two Marissa Lyttle free throws, a Jameka Braden rebound and put-back, followed by two more charity shots from Moore.

Summit finally got on the board with a basket by Kylie Hicks at the 4:17 mark of the first period.

Marshall County would take a 15-8 lead into period number two.

The Lady Spartans would keep the margin at seven for most of the second period, thanks to seven MCHS turnovers.

With the score 22-15, the Tigerettes turned up the defense with four steals that led to fast break lay-ups as part of a 7-0 run to end the first half with a 29-15 lead.

"Those turnovers hurt us bad," said Junkins. "But we got a couple of steals right there at the end of the quarter off the press and I think that is one of the things we are getting better at is changing our defenses on the fly and being able to get into it and create havoc for the other team."

The Tigerettes began the second half, identically to how they ended the first with a 7-0 run on two rebound and put-backs by Braden and a Lyttle bucket in the paint to open up a big 36-15 lead.

By the end of the third quarter, MCHS had a twenty-point, 44-24 lead and cruised home from there.

The Tigerettes wind down the regular season with six games remaining on the schedule, beginning with a huge homecoming game Friday night versus Page, followed by a short bus ride over to Columbia on Saturday for an always exciting non-league match-up with the Lady Lions.

"I think a lot of the time, especially with young ladies, when you get on a roll, they work harder to stay on that roll," said Junkins. "It's just that confidence, especially with the youth we have, they are believing in themselves, believing in their teammates, and the momentum is up and I think we will keep that rolling on into the end of the season."

Moore had three assists and two rebounds to go along with her 17 points, while Braden had a monster game with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists.

Lyttle was also a key player in the win, scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds, and Mecia Reed scored seven points, had three steals, three rebounds, and three assists.

Morgan Moyers pitched in with four points and Megan Sanders netted two markers for the Tigerettes.

Sadie Bayan and Katie Brazil had ten points apiece for the Lady Spartans.