After defeating Hickman County 36-35 in their previous encounter on Jan. 6, the Tigerettes had a chance to finish as high as third in the District standings if they could knock off the Lady Bulldogs again on Tuesday and Lewis County lost one of their final two conference games this week.
Hickman County (18-10, 10-5 District), however, proved to be a much tougher foe on their home court and built a 28-20 lead in the first half before outscoring MCHS 27-19 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 16-point victory.
Coupled with Lewis County's victory over Summit, Marshall County finished in fifth place in the District as a result of their loss to the Lady Bulldogs.
Although the Tigerettes outscored Hickman County 15-7 at the foul line and attempted seven more free throws (20-13) than the Lady Bulldogs, MCHS could never get on track offensively and mustered just 10 field goals on 24 percent shooting, which included a 4-of-13 effort from three-point range.
"We just didn't play well tonight. We've still got to get some immaturity out of our system in terms of our decision making. Hopefully we'll be firing on all cylinders next Tuesday," said Marshall County coach Dave Junkins.
Hickman County, meanwhile, punished the Tigerettes (10-17, 9-7 District) in the paint and finished with 24 field goals on 44 percent shooting despite missing all 12 attempts from beyond the arc. The Lady Bulldogs also outrebounded Marshall County 37-25 and held a 14-8 edge on the offensive glass.
"We didn't box out tonight and gave up too many offensive rebounds. Hickman County scored a lot of second chance points because of that," said Junkins.
Center Marissa Lyttle led MCHS with 10 points, while Destiny Moore and Jameka Braden both tallied nine points and seven rebounds. Mecia Reed notched eight points for the Tigerettes as well and Morgan Moyers chipped in three points.
After Hickman County jumped out to a 6-1 lead, Moyers nailed a trey from the right wing to narrow the gap to 6-4 late in the first quarter before the Lady Bulldogs went on a 10-4 run to open up a 16-8 advantage early in the second.
MCHS outscored Hickman County 12-8 over the next five minutes with the help of seven points from Moore and a Reed three to cut the deficit to 24-20, but Conder tallied the final four points of the half on a layup and a offensive put back to give the Lady Bulldogs a 28-10 lead at the break.
Marshall County closed the gap to 31-25 early in the third quarter thanks to two free throws from Braden and a Reed trey, before Hickman County responded with a 10-2 spurt to push their lead to 41-27 late in the stanza.
The Tigerettes trimmed the deficit to 43-31 at the end of the third period on the strength of a layup from Lyttle and two Braden free throws, but the Lady Bulldogs kept MCHS at arms' length down the stretch and outscored Marshall County 12-8 in the fourth to cap their 55-39 triumph.