Yellow Jackets' sting hurts Tigers in defeat
The Marshall County Tigers had a chance to put some breathing room between them and Fairview in the battle for an upper echelon spot in the District 12-AA standings, but MCHS squandered a slim first half lead and a late comeback attempt fell short in a 52-48 loss in Lewisburg Friday night.
"We had an off night in every category," said MCHS head coach Adrian Wilson. "Fairview brought their 'A' game, and for whatever reason we did not."
The Tigers led 9-5 at the 3:21 mark of the first quarter after a Chris Walker three-pointer, but Fairview came back to inch ahead 13-12 at the end of the low scoring period.
The lead would go back and forth, for much of the second quarter before MCHS inched back in front 24-21 after a Barry Mayes three-bomb and a Malek Sain basket off a Yellow Jacket turnover.
Fairview's Garrett Wall, who led all scorers in the ballgame with 15 points, scored to make it 24-23 before Sain went downtown with a few seconds remaining in the first half to give Lewisburg a 27-23 lead after two quarters of action.
The Tigers fell behind in the third quarter as Fairview outscored MCHS 17-7 before Kevin Peterson banged home a three-bomb with a few ticks left on the period's clock, making it a 40-37 game in favor of the Yellow Jackets with only the final eight minutes remaining in the contest.
Early fourth quarter baskets by Isaac Edmondson and D.J. Jones upped Fairview's lead to 44-37 and the Jackets would retain the same margin at 48-41 after an Edmondson basket with 4:21 left in the game.
Kacey Pleas scored on a rebound and put-back for the Tigers, but Grant Estes' two free throws negated the Pleas bucket.
Mayes would score again after Fairview could not convert a one and one at the free throw line and the Tigers were inching closer, trailing by five points at 50-45.
After a Yellow Jacket miscue with the basketball, Peterson went downtown, slicing the visitors' lead to two-points at 50-48 with 1:26 remaining in the contest.
The Tigers came up with a huge steal, but could not hold on to the ball and turned it right back over to Fairview.
Wilson called timeout with 1:19 left in the game, but Estes scored out of the stoppage, making it 52-48.
Another Marshall County turnover ended the comeback and both squads left Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium Friday night with four losses in district play, one more than second place Spring Hill and four more than undefeated and second-ranked Giles County.
"All games that we play are a must win," said Wilson. "If we play to our capabilities and play with a purpose we will do well. If we do not play at a high energy level, we put ourselves against the wall."
Walker led the Tigers in the scoring column with 13 points, Mayes added 11, and Peterson put up 10.
Sain netted five points for MCHS, while Pleas scored four, Bowers added three points, and Aaron Hobbs ended up with two points.
"The Fairview game was one game," said Wilson. "It's not like we lost how to win games. We had been playing good ball up to that point. The guys want to win and we will make that happen."