Tigerettes secure some home cooking

Friday, February 8, 2013
Marissa Lyttle (23) continued her stellar play on the season, scoring 23 points at Spring Hill Monday to lead the Tigerettes to a 48-39 win. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes clinched home court advantage in the first round of the District 12-AA Tournament with a convincing, 48-39 coast-to-coast win at Spring Hill Monday night.

"I am happy to gain the home court advantage, hopefully we will get the win versus Hickman County to secure third place," said MCHS head coach David Junkins.

Marshall County will open the post-season Tuesday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg with game time set for 7 p.m.

At press time, their opponent was undetermined.

"It could be Hickman, Summit, or Giles," said Junkins. "We only have one game left at this point, whereas most of the rest of the district has two games left. A lot of things could happen this week."

Morgan Moyers (3) nailed this three-pointer off the bus for the Tigerettes, who clinched a first round District 12-AA Tournament home game with their nine-point win at Spring Hill Monday night.

The Tigerettes attacked Spring Hill right off the bus with Morgan Moyers drilling a three-pointer to light the fuse on a 10-0 run to begin the contest.

A Mecia Reed dish to Kiya Morris made it 5-0, and after a Spring Hill timeout, Allison Hargrove swiped the rock and fed Morris for a score.

Three touches later, Marissa Lyttle muscled in a rebound, making it 9-0 and Lyttle would end the first blitzkrieg with a single free throw.

The Lady Raiders finally got on the board with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter on a Jasmine Jetton basket.

That would be the only points for Spring Hill in the period as they watched Lyttle put up four more in the paint and the quarter ended with Reed stealing the ball and feeding Hargrove for a score and 16-2 Lewisburg lead.

Spring Hill made a little headway in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigerettes 8-6 to trail 22-10 at the half.

Hargrove nailed a long bomb to begin the second half, and after Reed fought for a tie-up on the floor, Morris scored to open up a 17-point lead for the Tigerettes.

The Tigerettes could not put the home team away as Spring Hill chipped away at the lead late with Leisa Butler scoring eight out of the last 10 points of the third quarter on four lay-ups, two coming off of her own thefts of the ball away from MCHS.

"That just seems to be how we play right now, it would save me some gray hairs if we would have shut the door on Spring Hill," said Junkins. "We still have issues with consistency, but we will take the win and move on."

At the outset of the final period, the Lady Raiders made it a five-point game at 36-31 on a Butler basket, followed by two free throws from Jetton.

Two Lyttle buckets in the paint and a Reed free throw gave the Tigerettes some breathing room again with an 11-point lead.

Moments later, Shonye Webster scored to cut the MCHS lead to eight points before Lyttle and Reed put the game on ice down the stretch, playing inside outside with Lyttle scoring four on the blocks and Reed nailing a jumper in the home court clincher.

"We have a great core of young ladies that should be hard for other teams to just focus on one or two players," said Junkins. "Rissa was a force in tonight's game and Mecia's play was tremendous in putting the game out of reach."

Lyttle led all scorers in the contest with 23 points, while Moyers scored eight, Hargrove netted seven, Morris added six points, and Reed finished with four points.

Butler had 18 for Spring Hill and Kway Wilson was in double figures with 11.