MCHS sweeps Hickman County
The Marshall County High School hoops squads took a yellow bus trip to Centerville Tuesday night and it turned out to be a good ride home as both teams came away with victories over Hickman County.
The Tigerettes won their second straight game, taking down the Lady Bulldogs 55-46 to improve to 5-3 in District 12-AA play.
For the Tigers, it was a nail-biter, winning by one point, 43-42, after holding a 10-point advantage after three periods.
"I decided to play a lot of guys off the bench to see what they could do for us," said MCHS head coach Adrian Wilson. "They went in the game and gave us a double-figure lead. It was nice to see young guys and guys who have little to no playing time for us go in and give us a lead."
MCHS led 15-11 after the first eight minutes and turned it on in the second period, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-6 to take a 28-17 lead at the half.
"To start the game, we were very sloppy with the ball and had mutiple turnovers and poor offensive execution," said Wilson. "This is something that has plagued us throughout many of our games. We have spurts of nice scoring outputs, but also have lulls offensively where we have way too many turnovers and inconsistant play."
The Tigers still led by 10 points, entering the fourth quarter at 39-29.
"The second half was much of the same with turnovers on our part," said Wilson. "We were better athleticly than Hickman County, but when you don't protect the ball, anyone can play with you."
Hickman County came back in the fourth quarter, outscoring Marshall County 13-4 as the game went down to the wire.
Freshman Darious McKenzie, who scored seven points in the contest, sealed the deal when he went to the free-throw line with three seconds remaining in the ballgame with the Tigers leading 42-39.
McKenzie needed just one made attempt to make it a two-possession game and he got the job done, hitting one of two to make it 43-39.
The Bulldogs hit an uncontested three-pointer at the buzzer and the Tigers escaped with the one-point victory.
"Obviously, we did not want to guard them and take the chance of fouling them," said Wilson "A win is a win and we will take it."
Marshall County travels to Pulaski Tuesday night, hoping to get some revenge for a 61-42 loss in Lewisburg on Nov. 27.
The Tigers improved to 9-8 overall and stayed in good position in league play with a 6-2 record, one game back of Spring Hill (8-3, 6-1) and two games shy of Giles County (13-2, 7-0).
"We will practice on things that we need to get better at," said Wilson. "Our concern is our preparation, not theirs. We have our best basketball ahead of us. We have got to keep working on getting better daily."
Aaron Hobbs led the Tigers in scoring with 11 points, Barry Mayes scored nine, McKenzie seven, Malek Sain netted six, Cameron Bowers added five, Curtis Keiler had one three-pointer and Chris Walker scored a deuce.
The Tigers are now 3-6 since losing leading scorer Kevin Peterson to a foot injury versus Riverdale on Dec. 15.
Before the Peterson injury, MCHS was 6-2.
"Kevin has been released to ease slowly back into activity, but I am not sure when he will suit up," said Wilson.