Tigers cruise past Hickman County

Friday, February 10, 2012

Having already locked up the third seed in the upcoming District 12-AA tournament, the Marshall County Tigers prepped for the playoffs by pounding the Hickman County Bulldogs 63-42 on the road in their regular season finale on Tuesday night.

Hickman County (2-25, 1-14 District) had given MCHS fits in their previous encounter on Jan. 6 before eventually dropping a 58-53 decision to the Tigers.

Marshall County (16-8, 12-4 District), though, had little trouble disposing of the Bulldogs on Tuesday and held a 31-21 lead through the first two quarters of play prior to outscoring Hickman County 32-21 in the second half en route to claiming the 21-point victory.

After hitting only 5-of-15 field goal attempts in the first period, the Tigers shot 53 percent (18-of-34) over the final three quarters to finish 23-of-49 from the floor overall, which included an 8-of-22 effort from three-point range.

The Bulldogs, conversely, shot only 38 percent from the field (17-of-45) and hit just 3-of-17 attempts from beyond the arc, while MCHS recorded 17 steals and forced 24 Hickman County turnovers.

"This is what we were looking for tonight. There wasn't anything on the line, but the guys played hard and looked fairly sharp. It was a good tune up game for the playoffs," said Marshall County coach Jason Tigert. "We let them hang around in the first game, but tonight we came out and took care of business. It was a good overall team effort."

Kevin Peterson led the Tigers with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Corbin Clack knocked down three treys and followed Peterson with 12 points. Brock Spencer and Aaron Hobbs also added nine and eight points respectively, and Cameron Bowers and Barry Mayes both tallied six points, three assists, and three steals. Chris Walker and Tim Hutton chipped in four points apiece to round out the scoring for MCHS with Walker dishing out four assists.

Logan Skelton paced the Bulldogs with 11 points, while Zack Bentley notched eight points. Logan Hill and Noble Orie each tallied six points for Hickman County as well.

The Bulldogs actually jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but Marshall County promptly seized the momentum by putting together a 18-4 run on the strength of two threes from Spencer, a Clack four-point play, and two baskets from Walker to grab a 18-9 advantage with 6:00 left in the second quarter.

After Hickman County narrowed the gap to 21-14 thanks to a pair of treys from Bentley, the Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 10-4 over the next 4:23 with the help of two Clack threes and baskets from Hutton and Peterson to open up a 31-18 advantage late in the second period before taking a 31-21 lead into the break.

In the third, MCHS continued to distance themselves from Hickman County and began the quarter with a 14-2 spurt behind six points from Peterson, a Spencer trey, and a three-point play by Hobbs to forge a 45-23 lead midway through the stanza.

The Bulldogs outscored Marshall County 11-4 over the next four and a half minutes to trim the deficit to 49-34 early in the fourth period, but the Tigers responded with a 13-4 run, highlighted by a Mayes three, to make it 62-38 with 1:46 left before coasting to the 63-42 win.