Tigers pounce on Fairview for fifth straight win
The Marshall County Tigers stepped off the bus at Fairview with a hot hand and never let up, easily winning their fifth consecutive District 12-AA contest 67-50.
"I am very pleased with our performance tonight, the boys came out and took control early and didn't look back," said MCHS head coach Adrian Wilson. "We have lots of room for improvement, but the will and determination these young men have is already in place."
Fairview turned the ball over after winning the opening tip and that was about the only battle they won all night as Chris Walker scored and after another Yellow Jacket miscue, Walker scored on a rebound and put-back, making it 4-0.
At the 4:03 mark of the period, Levi McDonald made it 4-2 and Wilson called timeout.
Kevin Peterson drilled a three-pointer after the stoppage and moments later, Aaron Hobbs went to the dish for two more points.
After gaining the ball on tie-up, Peterson scored again, opening up an 11-2 lead for Lewisburg.
"It's always nice to get off to a good start and control the game," said Wilson. "We were able to get the tempo the way we want it and play our style and that caused Fairview to play faster than they wanted to, which played into our game plan."
Fairview tried to claw their way back, cutting the lead to seven at 15-8 before Kacey Pleas ended the first quarter with a strong move in the paint, giving Marshall County a 17-8 lead.
Peterson scored to begin the second quarter before Isaac Edmondson tallied the the next three points for Fairview, making it 19-11.
A Cameron Bowers basket was followed by a Yellow Jacket turnover, setting up a Peterson jumper and a 12-point Tiger lead.
Peterson would nail a trey a few possessions later to open up a 26-13 lead before Graham Estes hit one of two from the free-throw line for Fairview.
With just under a minute to play in the first half, Peterson stole the ball and fed Barry Mayes on the run for a fast break layup, doubling the score at 28-14.
Estes would hit two more foul shots before Walker scored near the buzzer for MCHS, giving the visiting Tigers a 30-15 lead at the half.
Deondre Moore gave the Yellow Jackets some hope to begin the second half, stealing the ball and slam dunking it at the other end.
Isaac Edmondson and Garrett Wall scored on back-to-back touches for Fairview, cutting the Tigers' lead to 30-21.
Bowers and Wall traded baskets and then Bowers drained a long three-bomb.
Another Wall bucket made it a 10-point game at 35-25, but a Bowers score, followed by a Fairview brick and a Peterson basket gave MCHS a 39-25 lead.
Marshall County would take the 14-point margin into the final period at 47-33.
Peterson poured some salt on the Yellow Jackets' wound, draining a three-pointer to begin the final eight minutes, and after a Wall score, Peterson went downtown again to extend the Tigers' lead to 53-35.
The Jackets were rattled and Marshall County put the game away on back-to-back baskets by Peterson and Malek Sain, making it a 58-35 ballgame.
Wilson went to the bench and got some nice minutes from his reserves as the Tigers finished the job in the 17-point win.
It was the eighth win in row over the Yellow Jackets for the Tigers, who improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in league play, one game behind first place Giles County (9-1, 5-1).
"We are in a good position, thats for sure," said Wilson. "We just need to make sure we keep playing with a purpose. These guys want to play for championships, we take one game at a time and focus on the opponent at hand and can't take any game or team lightly."
Peterson led all scorers in the ball game with 16 points (four treys), Bowers and Walker both cooked up a baker's dozen, Hobbs had eight, Pleas scored six, Sain had five and Mayes, Darious McKenzie and Montrell Harris all netted a deuce.
The Tigers travel to East Nashville Magnet School for a pair of pre-Christmas games versus West Creek (5-5) on Thursday and John Overton (4-7) on Friday.
After opening their presents, the Tigers will partake in a three-day tournament at Beech High School in Hendersonville, beginning on Dec. 27 versus Centennial (8-4).
Wilson talked about what he wanted to see at the holiday tournament from his squad, "I just want to see continued improvement. We will surely be put to the test in these tournaments with a lot of quality teams and athleticism. It will give us a chance to play some different styles and see what types of things we have to do to get better for a post-season run."