Columbia controlled the game from the start and built a 27-17 lead in the first half before outscoring the Tigerettes 30-14 over the final two quarters to record their fourth straight victory over Marshall County.
The Lady Lions' 2-3 zone gave MCHS fits the entire game, as the Tigerettes committed 21 turnovers and mustered just 10 field goals on 20 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-22 effort from three-point range. Marshall County did hold a 13-11 edge on the offensive boards, but were outrebounded by Columbia 38-34 overall.
"They were very long and athletic and their zone gave us trouble. We made some of the same mistakes that we made against Page last night," said MCHS coach Dave Junkins. "We had played well against the zone prior to these last two games, but if we don't play better than this we're going to see a lot more of it. We're not being patient which you have to be against the zone."
Although the Lady Lions hit only 1-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc, they were able to get the ball into the paint on a consistent basis and finished with 24 field goals on 44 percent shooting while committing 15 turnovers.
Forward Jameka Braden turned in a valiant performance in defeat and led the Tigerettes with 14 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocked shots, while Morgan Moyers tallied 13 points. Destiny Moore and Marissa Lyttle both chipped in two points for Marshall County as well.
Freshman guard Makayla Timmons paced three Lady Lion players in double figures with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Raquel Lockridge and Kanytra Bumpas added 11 and 10 points respectively.
Timmons set the tone for Columbia by scoring the first eight points of the game on three layups and a jumper to stake the Lady Lions to an 8-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Tigerettes put together a 12-6 run with the help of a Braden three-point play and three treys from Moyers to slice the deficit to 14-12 early in the second period, but Columbia outscored MCHS 13-5 over the final 5:23 of the half to take a 27-17 advantage into the break.
After Moyers hit a layup at the start of the third quarter to narrow the gap to 27-19, the Lady Lions rattled off 11 straight points to push their lead to 38-19 midway through the stanza.
Marshall County narrowed the gap to 40-25 late in the third period thanks to layups from Moyers, Braden, and Lyttle, but Columbia responded with a 15-3 run to open up a 55-28 cushion midway through the fourth before cruising to the 57-31 victory.