Although Fairview had narrowly defeated MCHS in their two regular season encounters, the Lady Yellow Jackets kept the Tigerettes at arm's length for the final three quarters of Saturday's contest. Fairview held a 28-20 lead at the break before outscoring Marshall County 27-19 in the second half to pull away for the 16-point victory.
After averaging only 38.5 points in the two previous encounters between the two teams, the Tigerettes once again had trouble putting the ball in the basket against the Lady Yellow Jackets quick, swarming defense and shot just 32 percent (13-of-41) from the field, which included a 2-of-11 effort from three-point range, while missing 9-of-20 free throws.
Marshall County did outrebound Fairview 31-23 and held a 14-11 edge on the offensive glass, but offset that by committing 18 turnovers.
The Lady Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, finished with 18 field goals on 36 percent shooting, knocked down 5-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc, hit 14-of-16 free throws, and turned the ball over only seven times.
"I thought we would bounce back better than Fairview did because their game last night went into overtime. We played ok in the first quarter, but Jameka (Braden) got in foul trouble early in the second quarter and we never got our rhythm back after that. She's not the whole team, but she is our leading scorer and an important part of our offense," said MCHS coach David Junkins.
Center Marissa Lyttle paced the Tigerettes with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three blocked shots. Mecia Reed also tallied eight points, while Destiny Moore and Braden both added seven points with Braden grabbing a game high 14 rebounds. Morgan Moyers, Megan Sanders, and Machala Hopkins rounded out the scoring for Marshall County with four, two, and one point respectively.
Forward Christina Purvis paced Fairview with 19 points, while guards Karson Mullens, Tiffany Franks, and Dani Moore followed with 13, nine, and six points respectively.
After the Lady Yellow Jackets inched out to an early 4-0 lead, the Tigerettes outscored Fairview 13-9 over the final 6:27 of the first quarter on the strength of five points from Lyttle and baskets Moore, Braden, and Reed to tie the game at 13-13.
The Lady Yellow Jackets began to assert control of the contest in the second quarter and put together a 15-7 run to take a 28-20 lead into halftime prior to outscoring MCHS 7-4 through the first five minutes of the third period to open up a 35-24 advantage.
Marshall County trimmed the deficit to 35-27 late in the third quarter on a Lyttle free throw and two foul shots by Braden, but Fairview countered with a 12-5 spurt, highlighted by threes from Franks and Purvis, to forge a 47-32 lead midway through the fourth.
Braden and Moore sandwiched a pair of offensive put backs around a Reed trey to whittle the deficit to 47-39 with 1:50 left, but Fairview put the game away by hitting eight straight free throws to seal their 55-39 win.