MCHS sweeps East Hickman
As far as road trips go, Friday night's was a good one for both MCHS hoops squads as they came away with a much-needed sweep over East Hickman.
The Tigerettes, coming off two straight District 12-AA wins, took to the hardwood in Lyles first and they came out swinging, doubling up the Lady Eagles 20-10 in the first quarter.
In the second period, Marshall County picked up the pace on the defensive end and by the time the first half ended, the Tigerettes had built a comfortable 33-12 lead.
There was no letup for the Lewisburg girls as they outpaced and outscored East Hickman in the third period 12-4 to extend their lead to 45-16, entering the final eight minutes.
The Tigerettes added seven additional points and East Hickman netted 11 in the fourth period in the 25-point win for MCHS.
Marissa Lyttle led the Tigerettes in the scoring column with 15 points in the low post, while Allison Hargrove was also in double figures with 11 points.
Morgan Moyers made the only three-pointer for MCHS in the contest and finished with eight points, as did Kiya Morris.
Mecia Reed added four points, Michala Hopkins netted three, Alexis Ford scored two and Christy Pettigrew finished with a single marker.
All six of the Tigerettes' (6-11, 6-3) wins this season have come in league play, putting them in good position to grab one of the top four seeds for the upcoming district tournament.
MCHS has two more road games this week with a trip to Lewis County (12-4, 5-3) slated for Tuesday and a weather-related make-up game at Giles County (4-14, 3-6) on Thursday.
The Tigerettes return to Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg on Friday when they host Summit (7-11, 5-4) for Homecoming.
In the nightcap, the Tigers made easy work of the Eagles, clipping their wings via a huge 85-30 win.
Marshall County took the long route to victory, throwing down 15 three-pointers in the contest.
The Lewisburg Big Cats pounced early, outdistancing East Hickman 25-6 in the first quarter and they never relented.
A 22-8 second quarter made it 47-14 at halftime, putting the contest on ice for MCHS, who received a big boost with the return of senior Kevin Peterson to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 15.
Peterson scored six points on two three-pointers.
The Tigers kept the pressure on throughout the second half, winning the third quarter 26-6 and the final period 12-10 en route to the 55-point thrashing.
Marshall County had 11 players in the scoring column with Aaron Hobbs leading the way with 19 points, including three treys.
Chris Walker scored 13 points (two treys) and Malek Sain was also in double figures with 10 points (three treys).
Montrel Harris scored all nine of his points in the contest on three triples, Cameron Bowers added seven points (one trey), Kacey Pleas netted six points along with Peterson, Barry Mayes scored five (one trey), Steven Dangerfield and Darious McKenzie added four points apiece and Zach Johnson rounded out the scoring with a deuce.
The Tigers (10-8, 7-2) sit in third place in the District 12-AA standings, two games clear of fourth place Page (8-10, 5-4).
Marshall County can make some serious noise this week if they win on Tuesday at Lewis County (7-9, 3-6) and get some revenge for an earlier season loss when they travel to Class-AA No. 3 Giles County (16-2, 9-0) on Thursday, before returning for the Homecoming festivities in Lewisburg on Friday night versus Summit (7-11, 5-4).