Page tames Tigerettes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Marshall County's Marissa Lyttle shoots a turnaround jumper over Page's Tate Byram in the second quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Page defeated the Marshall County Tigerettes (11-18) for the third time this season, as the top seeded Lady Patriots (23-3) beat MCHS 62-39 in the semifinals of the District 12-AA on Friday afternoon at East Hickman High School.

Having won both regular season meetings against Marshall County by double digits, Page blew Friday's contest open early and used a 20-0 run to forge a 29-9 lead with 2:40 left in the second quarter before taking a 30-12 advantage into the break.

The Tigerettes never pulled closer than 15 points the rest of the way while the Lady Patriots outscored Marshall County 32-27 in the second half en route to recording their fourth straight win over MCHS.

Although Marshall County outrebounded the Lady Patriots 40-34 and held a 15-10 edge on the offensive glass, the Tigerettes could never find the range against Page's 2-3 zone and mustered only 15 field goals on 25 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-20 effort from three-point range.

Despite hitting just 5-of-19 attempts from beyond the arc, the Lady Patriots finished with 20 baskets on 36 percent shooting. The Lady Patriots also committed seven fewer turnovers (15-8) than MCHS and outscored the Tigerettes 17-6 at the foul line.

"I think sometimes we have a mental block with Page because we know they are good at every position and are a talented basketball team. It's difficult to give help against them both offensively and defensively," said Marshall County coach Dave Junkins. "We didn't get many shots to drop and we didn't make good decisions at times against their zone. There were times when we had a chance to get the ball inside and settled for jumpers."

Center Bria White paced three Lady Patriot players in double figures with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Cat Taylor followed White with 17 points and Chloe Wigginton added 14 points. Cassie Rowe also chipped in seven points for Page, while Allison Wiley, Tate Byram, and Meghan Jelonek had three, two, and one point respectively.

Forward Jameka Braden carried much of the offensive load for the Tigerettes, as she hit 9-of-17 shots and finished with a game high 22 points and 14 rebounds. Mecia Reed also tallied six points for MCHS, while Destiny Moore, Marissa Lyttle, and Morgan Moyers had five, four, and two points respectively.