Tigerettes surge past Spring Hill

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Marshall County's Marissa Lyttle fires a short jumper over Spring Hill's Kelsey Sanders in the third quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes kept themselves in the running for a home game in the first round of the upcoming District 12-AA tournament by beating Spring Hill 58-40 on Friday night to complete the season sweep of the Lady Raiders.

Marshall County (10-16, 9-6 District) received some early resistance from the Lady Raiders in Friday's contest, but still held a 23-18 lead at halftime.

The Tigerettes then broke the game open in the second half by using a 28-8 run to forge a 51-26 advantage with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter before coasting to their 13th straight win over Spring Hill (3-18, 2-13 District).

Thanks to their victory over the Lady Raiders, MCHS remained a half game behind Hickman County and Lewis County for third place in the District standings.

"We took care of business tonight. Now we have to go to Hickman County on Tuesday and get a win," said Marshall County coach Dave Junkins. "If we win that game, we probably finish third. If we lose, we finish fifth. We have to go in there focused and with one heartbeat."

The Tigerettes hit just 8-of-32 field goal attempts in the first half, but shot 52 percent (15-of-29) over the final two quarters to finish 23-of-61 from the floor overall, which included a 3-of-17 effort from three-point range. MCHS also outscored Spring Hill 9-4 at the foul line and committed only 10 turnovers.

The Lady Raiders, meanwhile, shot a woeful 32 percent (17-of-53) from the field, hit just 2-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc, and committed 21 turnovers.

"Our defensive intensity picked up in the second half and we got the ball into the paint. That allowed us to play inside out and get on a roll," said Junkins."

Jameka Braden turned in a strong all around performance for Marshall County, as she poured in a game high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Marissa Lyttle followed Braden with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Destiny Moore, Mecia Reed, and Morgan Moyers tallied nine, eight, and five points respectively. Kelsey Tears and Machala Hopkins rounded out the scoring for MCHS with two points apiece.

Jasmin Jetton paced Spring Hill with 12 points, while Chandler Martin and Leisa Butler added nine and seven points respectively.

The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 10-6 lead late in the first quarter before the Tigerettes went on a 7-0 run with the help of five points from Lyttle and a Braden offensive put back to pull ahead 13-10 early in the second period.

Spring Hill outscored Marshall County 6-3 over the next three and a half minutes to knot the game at 16-16, but MCHS notched the next seven points on two layups from Braden and a Moyers trey to open up a 23-16 advantage late in the second quarter.

After Jetton scored on a offensive put back in the waning moments of the half to narrow the gap to 23-18, the Tigerettes opened the third period with a 15-5 spurt, highlighted by a pair of threes from Reed, to push their lead to 38-23 with 2:35 left in the stanza.

The Lady Raiders trimmed the deficit to 38-26 on a trey by Mikayla Martin, but Marshall County put the game out of reach by engineering a 13-0 run on the strength of five points from Lyttle and four points from Braden to open up a 51-26 cushion early in the fourth period.

Spring Hill then outscored MCHS 14-7 the rest of the way for the 58-40 final.