Tigerettes back on track with win over Spring Hill
The Marshall County Tigerettes, coming off a trio of holiday tournament losses, took care of business Friday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg with a big 56-37 District 12-AA win over Spring Hill.
All four of the Tigerettes' wins on the season have come against league foes, putting the Lewisburg girls in the thick of the district race.
MCHS (4-11, 4-3) jumped out to a huge 8-0 start versus the Lady Raiders, beginning with a Mecia Reed three-pointer, followed by a steal and score by Allison Hargrove and capped by another long three-bomb by Reed from the top of the key.
Spring Hill came back on consecutive buckets by Leisa Butler to cut the lead to four and that was the margin again at 10-6 later on before Morgan Moyers drilled a three-pointer from the wing, making it 13-6.
A rebound and put-back by Spring Hill's Ti'Yana Robinson at the buzzer made it 13-8, entering period number two.
Kiya Morris got into the long-range act for the Tigerettes, raining down a trey to begin the second quarter, doubling up the score at 16-8, but the Lady Raiders came back to cut the score to 16-13 with less than three minutes to play in the first half.
Marissa Lyttle scored in the low post for the Tigerettes, and after a Spring Hill turnover, Morris scored on a jumper from the wing and then stole the ball and fed Reed for a fast-break basket, making it a 22-14 ballgame.
Big lead wilts
Marshall County would eventually build their lead to eleven points on Reed's third trey of the game and the first half ended with the Tigerettes in control at 30-21.
The Tigerettes would maintain a double-digit lead until midway through the period when the Lady Raiders mounted a serious charge, outscoring MCHS 10-3 to trail by just three points at 37-34, entering the final eight minutes of action.
Kemesha McFall scored first in the fourth quarter off a pretty dish from Morris and moments later, Reed stole the ball, fed Hargrove, who in turn fed Moyers for a bust-out bucket, making it 41-34 to force a Spring Hill timeout with 5:27 remaining in the contest.
Kelsey Sanders scored out of the stoppage for the Lady Raiders before the Tigerettes put the game away.
A Hargrove drive to the hoop for a basket was followed by two Lyttle foul shots, and after another Lady Raider miscue, Morris stuck in the dagger, draining a long three-bomb to put the Tigerettes way out in front at 48-36.
Spring Hill would score just one point the rest of the way as MCHS scored an additional eight points for the final 19-point margin of victory.
Reed (3 treys) led all scorers in the contest with 15 points, Hargrove and Lyttle both scored nine points, Moyers and Morris added eight points apiece, while Michala Hopkins netted five and McFall added a deuce.
The Tigerettes have a chance to make serious noise over the next week and half with road games at Hickman County (4-9, 3-2) and Giles County (3-11, 2-4) before they return to Lewisburg on Jan. 18 versus East Hickman (1-13, 0-6).