Tigerettes hope to ascend in standings
Coming off a fourth place finish in the District 12-AA tournament last season, the Marshall County Tigerettes were hoping to move up in the conference standings this year after losing just one senior.
Unfortunately, MCHS took a big hit in the offseason when junior forward Jameka Braden transferred to Shelbyville after leading the Tigerettes in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore.
Marshall County coach Dave Junkins still remains optimistic about his team's prospects because he returns three starters and a couple of key reserves from last year's squad, which posted an 11-20 record and a 9-7 mark in District play that was good for a fifth place finish in the conference standings during the regular season.
Goal: Win District
"We found out Jameka was going to transfer to Shelbyville this summer and we wish her the best.
She was a big part of our team, but she wasn't the whole team, so we went back and re-evaluated our strengths and weaknesses.
We do have some talented players back and will just have to find other ways to win," said Junkins. "When the season ended last year, our goal was to win the District this season. We still have three starters back and some young girls coming up, so our goal is to still win the District tournament."
Center Marissa Lyttle (Sr.) and shooting guards Morgan Moyers (Sr.) and Mecia Reed (Soph.) will have to pick up some scoring slack for the Tigerettes now that Braden is no longer with the program.
"We have to have a more balanced scoring attack this year and hopefully we'll have multiple players average in double figures," said Junkins.
Having started each of the last two years, Lyttle has made significant strides in her game during that time and has good touch around the basket to go along with a decent midrange jumper. Lyttle is also a good rebounder and a solid defensive player that is tough to move off the block.
"Marissa needs to be more of a scorer and needs to average double-digit rebounds for us to be successful this season," said Junkins.
After starting at point guard last year, Moyers moves to shooting guard for her senior season. Along with being a reliable ball handler, Moyers is a good defender and passer, who can get hot from three-point range.
"Morgan has to be more of a shooter and scorer for us. She plays smart defense and makes good decisions with the basketball," said Junkins.
Coming off a solid freshman campaign, Reed is a strong perimeter defender, but can also beat people off the dribble and is a streaky outside shooter.
Joining Moyers and Reed in the backcourt will be sophomore point guard Michala Hopkins, who saw significant playing time last year as freshman.
Considered the best perimeter defender on the team, Hopkins is a solid ball handler and a good decision maker who isn't afraid to mix it up inside when battling for rebounds.
Forward Kiya Morris (Fr.) will likely start at small forward, while shooting guards Megan Sanders (Sr.) and Allison Hargrove (Jr.) will be top reserves off the bench.
Morris can beat defenders off the dribble and finish around the basket, but is also a good defender and decision maker for her experience level.
From the bench
Having improved her ball-handling skills in the offseason, Sanders is one of the better outside shooters on the team and can provide the Tigerettes with some scoring off the bench.
Although she didn't come out for the team last year, Hargrove has a nice midrange jumper and can finish around the basket in transition. She is also an extremely hard worker and plays with a very high motor.
Sophomore forward Kemesha McFall saw playing time in a reserve role last year and is a solid defensive player, while Christy Pettigrew (Soph.), Alexis Ford (Fr.) and Katie Greer (Fr.) will likely see playing time in the frontcourt for Marshall County as well.
Tiana Lee (Fr.), Rebecca Allen (Fr.), and Lexie Allen (Fr.) are also showing progress and hope to earn some minutes on the court.
Marshall County Tigerettes 2012-13 basketball roster