Page plows through Tigerettes

Friday, February 1, 2013
Marshall County's Allison Hargrove drives around Page's Chloe Wigginton in the first quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes were unable to stop Page's undefeated run through District 12-AA, as MCHS suffered a 63-35 road loss at the hands of the Lady Patriots on Tuesday night.

Marshall County (8-14, 8-5 District) had played Page tough in their previous encounter on Dec. 11, before the defending District champs pulled away late for a 47-33 victory.

The Tigerettes, however, were never able to slow the Lady Patriots (17-4, 11-0 District) down in Tuesday's contest, as Page built a 32-18 lead in the first half prior to outscoring MCHS 31-17 over the final two quarters to notch their sixth straight win over Marshall County.

Hindered by a 1-of-9 effort from three-point range, the Tigerettes mustered only 13 field goals on 25 percent shooting, while the Lady Patriots recorded 14 blocked shots and forced 16 Marshall County turnovers.

"We went over stuff to counter their size advantage, but we didn't do those things in the game tonight," said MCHS coach David Junkins. "We didn't ball fake at all. Give Page some credit because they made the plays defensively."

Allison Hargrove led Marshall County with 10 points and four steals, and Kiya Morris followed with nine points. Morgan Moyers added seven points as well, while Mecia Reed and Marissa Lyttle both had three points. Megan Sanders and Kemesha McFall rounded out the scoring for the Tigerettes with two and one point respectively.

Despite hitting just 2-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc, the Lady Patriots shot an even 50 percent (26-of-52) from the floor, which included a 5-of-7 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, while committing 14 turnovers. Page also outrebounded MCHS 37-20 and held a 10-6 edge on the offensive glass.

Lady Patriot forward Cat Taylor turned in a strong all around performance, as she tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots, and three assists en route to surpassing the 1,000 point mark for her career. Center Bria White finished with 15 points as well to go along with 13 rebounds and five blocked shots, while Allison Wiley and Chloe Wigginton both notched 12 points. Carli Batsel, Cassie Rowe, and McKinsey Marlin also chipped in four, three, and two points for Page.

The Lady Patriots came flying out of the gates and forged a 16-1 lead late in the first quarter on the strength of six points from White and four points apiece from Wigginton and Wiley.

Marshall County's Morgan Moyers knocks down a three-pointer over Page's Cassie Rowe in the second quarter.

Marshall County used a 7-2 spurt, highlighted by a Moyers trey, to narrow the gap to 18-8 early in the second period, but Page outscored MCHS 10-5 over the next six minutes to open up a 28-13 advantage.

After the Tigerettes trimmed the deficit to 30-18 thanks to a Reed free throw and a pair of baskets by Lyttle and Morris, Taylor scored on an offensive put back as time expired in the first half to stake the Lady Patriots to a 32-18 lead.

Page then delivered the knockout blow after intermission by starting the second half with a 18-3 run to forge a 50-21 advantage late in the third quarter.

MCHS outscored the Lady Patriots 7-0 over the next 1:10 with the help of five points from Morris and a Hargrove offensive put back to close the gap to 50-28 early in the fourth, but Page countered with a 13-3 spurt to stretch their lead to 63-31 before claiming the 63-35 victory.