Lady Coyotes maul injured Tigerettes
The Marshall County Tigerettes came into Thursday night's opener at the East Nashville Holiday Classic shorthanded due to an injury to Morgan Moyers and things went from bad to worse when Mecia Reed and Kemesha McFall also went down.
In the meantime. the West Creek Lady Coyotes took advantage of the Tigerettes' misfortune, mauling the Lewisburg girls 68-39.
Reed was injured in the first quarter and remained hobbled the entire contest, while McFall played the first half, but did not suit up for the second half.
Allison Hargrove, the Tigerettes leading scorer on the season turned in another solid performance, tallying a team high 16 points with one three-pointer and a perfect 7-7 effort from the free throw line.
After a pair of West Creek buckets to open the contest, Hargrove went downtown before the Lady Coyotes scored eight straight to go up 12-3.
Hargrove proceeded to hit two free throws, and after a West Creek basket by Jazmine Torian, McFall followed with a short jumper from the wing, making it a 14-7 contest.
Coyote baskets from Torian, Cha'meah Hayes and LaToya Winters stretched their lead to 20-7 before McFall scored again.
Brittney Dugger made it a 22-9 ballgame before Christy Pettigrew scored in the low post, cutting the West Creek lead in half at 22-11.
Torian, who led all scorers in the contest with 18 points hit one of two charity shots and the Tigerettes would trail by a dozen points at the end of the first period.
West Creek scored the first eight points in the second quarter to open up a twenty-point lead at 31-11 before Kiya Morris hit two free throws.
By the time the first half ended, Marshall County was in a deep, deep 41-18 hole.
Marshall County's Marissa Lyttle scored the first four points in the second half, but it would be slim pickings from there as the Lady Coyotes outscored the Tigerettes 11-4 the remainder of the quarter and had managed to double up the score at 52-26.
There was no quit in Marshall County as they fought to the end in their second consecutive non-conference loss.
The Tigerettes (3-11, 3-3) will be back to District 12AA action on Jan. 4 when they host Spring Hill to begin a stretch of six consecutive league contests.
Every player on the West Creek roster scored at least two points in the ballgame.
Pettigrew and Lyttle finished with five points apiece, McFall scored four before leaving the game, a hobbled Reed scored one three-pointer, and Megan Sanders, Michala Hopkins and Morris all scored a deuce.