After winning both regular season encounters between the two teams by nine and 14 points respectively, the second seeded Bobcats were firing on all cylinders in Friday's contest and built a 31-15 lead in the first half before outscoring MCHS 40-24 over the final two quarters to cruise to the 32-point victory.
Giles County (22-5) had their way in the paint against Marshall County and shot a blistering 62 percent (31-of-50) from the field overall while knocking down 5-of-13 attempts from three-point range. The Bobcats also committed just 13 turnovers, outrebounded Marshall County 30-14, and held a 6-5 edge on the offensive glass.
Forward Kadijon Townsend spearheaded Giles County's offensive onslaught by pouring in a game high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Austin Howard and Chris Bledsoe followed Townsend with 12 points apiece, while Devante Jimenez and Lake Jones added eight and five points respectively. Cameron Ford and Cameron Ordway each chipped in three points for the Bobcats as well and Bailey Scoggins and Chris Few both had two points.
"It was a rough night . Giles County played excellent and we played poorly. When they shoot that well, they're tough to beat. After we fell behind, we were forced to extend our defense out and we just couldn't matchup with Townsend inside," said MCHS coach Jason Tigert.
Despite committing only 11 turnovers, the Tigers finished with a modest 16 field goals on 33 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-22 effort from beyond the arc.
"They're long and athletic and give us problems defensively. We just couldn't get any shots to fall and passed up some good looks as well by trying to be too unselfish. I hope we can get another shot at them in the Region tournament," said Tigert.
Cameron Bowers led Marshall County with 11 points, while Aaron Hobbs and Kevin Peterson both tallied seven points. Chris Walker also chipped in four points and Barry Mayes and Brock Spencer both had three points. Tim Hutton and Dusty Lickly rounded out the scoring for the Tigers with two points apiece.