Tigerettes falter late against Page

Friday, December 14, 2012
Marshall County's Allison Hargrove tries to shoot a layup over Page's Chloe Wigginton in the first quarter. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

For first three quarters, the Marshall County Tigerettes gave Page all they could handle, but were unable to hold off the Lady Patriots in the end, as the defending District 12-AA champs rallied from an eight-point second half deficit to defeat MCHS 47-33 in Lewisburg on Tuesday night.

Although Page returns all five starters from a team that posted a 24-5 record and advanced to the Sectional round of the playoffs last season, the Tigerettes (2-8, 2-3 District) did not seem to be intimidated and appeared poised to pull off the upset after building a 31-23 lead late in the third quarter.

The Lady Patriots (7-3, 4-0 District) then flipped the proverbial switch shortly after that point and outscored Marshall County 24-2 the rest of the way en route to recording their fifth straight win over MCHS.

Despite hitting 3-of-6 three-point attempts, the Tigerettes finished with just 12 field goals on 32 percent shooting, which included a 0-of-8 effort in the fourth quarter.

Marshall County also struggled at the foul line and hit only 6-of-17 free throws overall, compared to a 11-of-13 effort at the charity stripe by the Lady Patriots.

Guards Allison Hargrove and Morgan Moyers led the Tigerettes with six points apiece with Hargrove registering nine rebounds and three assists. Kiya Morris and Marissa Lyttle tallied five and four points respectively for Marshall County as well, while Michala Hopkins, Megan Sanders, Kemesha McFall, and Mecia Reed each had three points.

Bolstered by a 6-of-10 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, Page shot 37 percent (17-of-46) from the field overall, which included a 2-of-8 effort from beyond the arc.

MCHS did outrebound the Lady Patriots 27-24 and held a 10-8 edge on the offensive glass, but Page negated the Tigerettes' advantage on the boards by committing six fewer turnovers (15-9).

Center Bria White, who is garnering interest from a handful of Division I schools, paced the Lady Patriots with 25 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots. Tennessee Tech signee Cat Taylor followed White with 10 points, while Chloe Wigginton added eight points. Allison Wiley and Megan Jelonek also chipped in two points apiece for Page with Wiley notching eight assists and four steals.

The Lady Patriots jumped out to an early 8-2 lead before Marshall County whittled the deficit to 10-9 late in the first quarter thanks to a Sanders trey and a pair of layups from Lyttle and Hargrove.

Marshall County's Michala Hopkins battles Page's Cassie Rowe for a rebound in the first quarter.

Page then outscored MCHS 7-2 over the next three minutes to open up a 17-11 advantage early in the second period, but the Tigerettes put together a 9-4 run with the help of baskets from Hopkins, Hargrove, Reed, and McFall to narrow the gap to 21-20 at the break.

After White scored on a layup at the start of the third quarter to give the Lady Patriots a 23-20 lead, Marshall County rattled off 11 straight points on the strength of two threes from Moyers, a Hopkins free throw, a turnaround jumper by Lyttle, and a Hargrove layup to seize a 31-23 advantage with 2:40 left in the stanza.

The Tigerettes, however, saw their lead quickly evaporate, as Page outscored MCHS 15-0 over a six minute stretch with the aid of eight points from White, four points from Wigginton, and a Taylor trey to grab a 38-31 advantage midway through the fourth quarter.

Reed hit one-of-two free throws to trim the deficit to 38-32, but the Lady Patriots continued to pull away down the stretch and closed the game with a 9-1 spurt behind five points from White to cap their 47-33 triumph.