Page too much for Tigerettes

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Marshall County's Destiny Moore hits a jumper in the third quarter against Page. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Friday night when they were defeated 48-31 in Lewisburg by District co-leader Page on Homecoming.

Having lost 54-40 to the Lady Patriots earlier in the season, the Tigerettes got off to an extremely slow start and trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before Page (16-3, 10- 1 District) took a 24-13 lead into the break.

Marshall County (9-14, 8-5 District) made a couple of rally attempts in the second half and narrowed the gap to 35-29 early in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Patriots, however, pulled away down the stretch by outscoring MCHS 13-2 over the final 7:31 to record their third straight victory over the Tigerettes.

"We were hoping to come back, but Page did a good job of answering and we just ran out of gas," said Marshall County coach Dave Junkins. "I would really like to have this game back because we just weren't focused tonight like we have been the last several games."

Due to Friday's loss, MCHS fell into a three-way tie for third place in the District 12-AA standings with Lewis County and Hickman County.

Hindered by an 0-of-15 shooting performance in the first quarter, the Tigerettes shot a dismal 21 percent (12-of-57) from the field overall against Page's 2-3 zone, which included a 1-of-18 effort from three-point range. MCHS did hold a 12-10 edge on the offensive glass, but the Lady Patriots outrebounded Marshall County 41-32 overall.

Despite hitting only 1-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc, the Lady Patriots finished with 17 field goals on 36 percent shooting and outscored the Tigerettes 13-6 at foul line.

Destiny Moore and Jameka Braden led MCHS with 14 and 11 points respectively while they both recorded seven rebounds and two steals. Marissa Lyttle notched four points for Marshall County as well and Mecia Reed had two points.

Chloe Wiggington paced three Page players in double figures with 20 points, while Bria White and Cat Taylor followed with 11 and 10 points respectively. Allison Wiley also chipped in three points for the Lady Patriots, and Tate Byram and Garrett Noe both had two points.

Page capitalized on the Tigerettes sluggish start and raced out to a 12-1 lead with 7:45 left in the second quarter.

After MCHS trimmed the deficit to 14-5 on jumpers by Braden and Moore, Wiggington hit consecutive jumpers to give the Lady Patriots a 18-5 advantage.

Marshall County outscored Page 8-6 over the final 3:20 of the first half thanks to baskets from Lyttle, Moore, Braden, and Reed to make it 24-13 at halftime before Lyttle and Moore both knocked down jumpers at the start of the third quarter to narrow the gap to 24-17.

Page went on an 11-3 run to push their lead to 35-20 midway through the third quarter, but MCHS countered with a 9-0 spurt behind seven points from Moore and a Braden offensive put back to slice the deficit to 35-29 early in the fourth.

The Lady Patriots, though, repelled the Marshall County charge by rattling off seven straight points to open up a 42-29 advantage with 4:24 remaining.

Braden hit two free throws to close the gap to 42-31 before Page tallied the final six points of the game on four free throws and a Taylor offensive put back to cap their 48-31 victory.