Tigerettes hammer Giles County

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Marshall County's Marissa Lyttle scores on a layup over Giles County's Adison Gowan in the first quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Lewis County two days earlier, the Marshall County Tigerettes (7-12, 7-4 District) vented their frustrations on archrival Giles County (4-15, 3-7 District) when they crushed the Lady Bobcats 63-29 on Thursday night in Pulaski.

Aided by a strong first quarter performance, the Tigerettes held a 31-18 lead at the break before turning the game into a rout in the second half by outscoring Giles County 32-11 over the final two quarters to roll to the 34-point win.

Marshall County had tremendous success with their full court press, as they limited the Lady Bobcats to a mere 11 field goals on 30 percent shooting, which included a 1-of-10 effort from beyond the arc, while recording 21 steals en route to forcing 41 Giles County turnovers.

"We've been working hard on our press and it's been effective for us lately. We've finally gotten healthy so can use it more. Hopefully we can keep forcing teams into some turnovers with it," said MCHS coach David Junkins.

Although they made just 11-of-25 free throws and hit 2-of-15 three-point attempts, the Tigerettes shot a respectable 46 percent (25-of-54) from the field overall while dishing out 19 assists as a team.

After torching Lewis County for 30 points in her last outing, Marshall County center Marissa Lyttle once again owned the paint on Thursday night and poured in a game high 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting to go along with nine rebounds.

Kiya Morris and Mecia Reed also tallied 12 points apiece with Reed recording six assists and six steals. Allison Hargrove added six points, seven rebounds, and three steals as well, while Michala Hopkins notched four points, six assists, and four steals. Morgan Moyers and Megan Sanders each chipped in two points to round out the scoring for the Tigerettes.

Marshall County's Megan Sanders hits a baseline jumper in the second quarter against Giles County.

" On Tuesday night, Marissa had 30 points against Lewis County so we've tried to build her confidence. The girls got the ball down to her and she did a good job of finishing. Hopefully she can be the anchor of our offense," said Junkins.

Kamry Coffey paced Giles County with 15 points, while Keneisha Love and Adison Gowan had six and three points respectively.

The Tigerettes pounced on the Lady Bobcats early and jumped out to a 13-0 lead late in the first quarter on the strength of six points from Lyttle, four points from Morris, and a Reed trey.

Gowan converted a three-point play to make it 13-3, but Marshall County rattled off eight straight points on a layup by Hopkins, two free throws from Hargrove, and a pair of baskets from Lyttle to open up a 21-3 advantage early in the second period.

Giles County tallied four of the next five points to narrow the gap to 22-7 before Morris sandwiched two free throws and a layup around a Moyers foul shot to push MCHS' lead to 27-7 midway through the second quarter.

After the Lady Bobcats used an 11-2 spurt to slice the deficit to 29-18, Hopkins scored on a layup to give the Tigerettes a 31-18 advantage at halftime.

Giles County then trimmed the deficit to 34-22 early in the third quarter, but Marshall County blew the game open by putting together a 19-0 run behind 10 points from Lyttle and six points from Reed to push their lead to 53-22 with 5:10 left in the fourth.

Following a layup and a trey from Coffey, which closed the gap to 53-27, the Tigerettes outscored the Lady Bobcats 10-0 over the next four minutes with the help of four points from Hargrove and a Reed three to forge a 63-27 advantage, before taking home the 63-29 victory.