Stewart County outlasts Tigerettes
Coming off a 49-44 overtime loss to Eagleville the previous day, the Marshall County Tigerettes (0-5) suffered another gut wrenching defeat on Saturday afternoon when they were beaten 37-32 by the Stewart County Lady Rebels in overtime at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament.
After taking a 19-18 lead in into the break, the Tigerettes held a 27-24 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Marshall County, however, was unable to close the deal during crunch time, as the Lady Rebels (3-1) tied the game at 31-31 at the end regulation before outscoring MCHS 6-1 in overtime to escape with the five-point victory.
The Tigerettes shot a respectable 40 percent (8-of-20) in the first half, but hit just 3-of-18 field goal attempts the rest of the way to finish 11-of-38 from the floor overall, which included a 2-of-15 effort from three-point range. Marshall County also made only 8-of-17 free throws and committed 33 turnovers, including 11 in the fourth quarter alone.
"This is two games in a row that we should have won in regulation, but we didn't make enough plays down the stretch," said MCHS coach David Junkins.. "We weren't patient and turned the ball over in the fourth quarter. We've got to get that out of our system."
Allison Hargrove, Kiya Morris, and Kemesha McFall each scored six points to lead the Tigerettes with Hargrove recording four rebounds and four steals. Marissa Lyttle tallied five points and eight rebounds as well, while Christy Pettigrew notched four points and five rebounds. Mecia Reed (two points), Megan Sanders (two points), and Michala Hopkins (one point) rounded out the scoring for Marshall County.
Stewart County turned the ball over 25 times, shot only 27 percent (13-of-49) from the field, and made just 1-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc, but did knock down 10-of-12 free throws, outrebounded MCHS 33-29, and held a 16-13 edge on the offensive glass.
"For the most part, we played well defensively. We made a few mistakes here and there, but we pressured the ball well overall," said Junkins. "We just need to be more consistent with our scoring."
Caroline Daniel paced the Lady Rebels with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds. Jese Vinson followed Daniel with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals, while Briana Schwall, Karrah Gray, Casey Dial, and Sarah Grasty added six, four, three, and two points respectively with Gray registering eight steals.
The Tigerettes got off to a quick start and jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the first quarter thanks to a Morris trey and a pair of layups from McFall.
Stewart County tallied the next two baskets to tie the game at 7-7 late in the first period, but Marshall County went on a 9-3 run, highlighted by a three from Hargrove, to pull ahead 16-10 midway through the second.
After the Lady Rebels outscored MCHS 8-3 over the final 2:52 of the first half to narrow the gap to 19-18 at the break, Daniel notched the first two baskets of the third quarter to give Stewart County a 22-19 advantage.
Marshall County closed the third period with an 8-2 spurt on the strength of four free throws and layups from Lyttle and Pettigrew to seize a 27-24 lead, but the Lady Rebels outscored the Tigerettes 7-4 in the fourth quarter with the help of five Vinson foul shots and a jumper by Gray to knot the contest at 31-31.
Vinson then hit a short baseline jumper early in the overtime period to put Stewart County up 33-31 before Gray made two free throws with :36 left to make it 35-31.
Hargrove converted one-of-two foul shots to trim the deficit to 35-32, but Vinson knocked down two free throws with :03 left to seal the Lady Rebels 37-32 win.