Tigers pummel Panthers
The Marshall County Tigers went off Tuesday night, turning in an incredible, high-flying first quarter that put away Lewis County in just eight minutes in a huge 64-27 blowout win in Lewisburg.
The Tigers scored the game's first 17 points and continued the pummeling in a once in a season or even a couple of seasons 34-4 first period pounding.
"I cannot recall being part of a better first quarter both offensively and defensively," said MCHS head coach Adrian Wilson. "Our defense was definitely the key to our strong start. A large percentage of our offensive production is keyed by our defense creating turnovers and limiting teams to one shot."
Chris Walker opened the scoring for the Tigers, and after a Lewis County turnover, Kevin Peterson drilled a three-pointer, setting the stage for the offensive onslaught.
Cameron Bowers came up with a steal and went the distance to make it 7-0 and Bowers swiped the rock again and fed Aaron Hobbs on the run for another score.
After a Lewis County brick, Bowers scored in the paint to make it 11-0, forcing a Panthers' timeout.
Barry Mayes spoiled the Lewis County plan, stealing the ball and racing in for a layup.
The Tigers were in a full swarm on defense, and incredibly, Walker swiped the rock again and dished to Bowers for another score.
On and on
Shaken, Lewis County threw the ball into the stands on their next touch and Hobbs made them pay with another basket, making it 17-0 before the popcorn was even done.
After another Lewis County timeout with 4:04 remaining in the first period, the Panthers finally scored on a Zach Vandusen basket.
Peterson poured more salt on the Panthers' wound, nailing a long bomb to make it 20-2 and after the Tiger 'D' forced a five-second call, freshman southpaw Malek Sain rained down a three-pointer from long distance to open up a 21-point lead for Marshall County.
Moments later, Sain would pour gas on the fire when he made a double juke before knocking in a twisting layup in the lane.
Lewis County had no answer for the Tigers' press and turned the ball over again, leading to a Kacey Pleas basket in the paint and a 27-2 MCHS lead.
Peterson remained on fire, drilling his third trey of the period after a Lewis County missed shot for a four-touchdown lead.
Eli Dye stopped the MCHS run with a basket, but not for long as Hobbs scored two more times before the first quarter finally ended for Lewis County with the Tigers leading by what must have seemed like a million for the Panthers.
The Tigers did not let up in the second quarter and by the end of the period, MCHS had increased their lead to 35 points at 47-12.
Unbelievably, it got even worse in the third period when Sain drilled his third trey of the ballgame, opening up a 63-20 lead.
The mercy rule quickened the end of the misery for Lewis County in the fourth period.
Marshall County had four players in double figures in the contest with Hobbs leading the way with 16 points, Peterson had 14, Sain 13 and Bowers had a dozen.
"We have multiple guys who are capable of putting double figures up each night. Through five games now, we have had a different leading scorer almost every game," said Wilson.
Pleas ended up with five points, Mayes and Walker scored two points apiece and Curtis Keiler had one point for the Tigers.
"When we have multiple guys making plays, we can be really hard to guard. Malek Sain gave us a nice scoring punch off the bench and it wasn't a surprise based on seeing him daily in practice. He has the tools to be a solid player for us."
The Tigers improved to 3-2 overall on the season and are 2-1 in District 12-AA play with three important league games coming up with Summit, Page and Fairview.
"We will take all the wins we can get and it is especially important to continue getting district wins," said Wilson." "We want to make sure we set ourselves up for the opportunity to win a district championship. That is our goal."