Tigerettes finish strong over Hickman County

Friday, February 8, 2013
The senior class of basketball players and managers are all smiles before the game. Front row, from left, Morgan Moyers, Marissa Lyttle, and Megan Sanders; back row, Tyesha Kinnard, Rekeem Alexander, Barry Mayes, Cameron Bowers, Kevin Peterson, Miracle Nicholson, and Alexis Davis. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

MCHS head coach David Junkins has improved his district winning record each of the past two seasons as he started with seven wins in 2010, improved that mark to nine last year, and after a resounding 47-31 win over Hickman County in Tuesday's senior night event, the Tigerettes finished with an impressive 11-5 District 12-AA regular season mark.

The Tigerettes finished the season strong, posting an 11-14 overall record, while winning eight out of their last 11 games.

Late spark

"That is just the way it panned out," said Junkins. "We struggled early in the season trying to find ourselves and I believe we have matured into a much better team."

With the triumph over the Lady Bulldogs in the regular season finale, Junkins will ready his third-seeded troops for a first round tournament game Tuesday night at 7 p.m. versus either Summit or Hickman County at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

"With the win over Hickman last night, we guaranteed ourselves third place, because we defeated Fairview both times," said Junkins. "I am very pleased with our effort; we came out focused and followed our game plan."

MCHS senior Megan Sanders (42) drains one of her two early three-pointers in the Tigerettes' 47-31 win over Hickman County in Tuesday night's senior night event at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

They did come out focused, falling behind 4-0 early before Megan Sanders drilled a three-pointer to open up the scoring for Marshall County, and a little down the road, Sanders threw down another missile to tie the game at eight.

Close lead

After a five-second call on the Lady Bulldogs on the inbounds play, Marissa Lyttle took a pretty pass from Mecia Reed on the Tigerettes' ensuing inbounds play and scored to put the ladies from Lewisburg on top 10-8.

Ginger Conder scored for Hickman County, before Reed took off running and found Kiya Morris out in front, who dished to Lyttle in the paint for a score and a foul.

Lyttle made the free throw and scored again off a Morris pass after a Hickman County missed shot, making it 15-10.

Josie Blystad got on the board for Hickman County, but with 5.9 seconds remaining after the Blystad bucket, Reed went into a full sprint and scored on a runner at the buzzer, giving the Tigerettes a 17-12 advantage after the first eight minutes.

Wider margin

Marshall County would increase their lead to 10 points on a Reed trey and Morris score early in the second quarter before taking a nine point, 24-15 margin to the halftime locker room.

The Tigerettes essentially put the game away early in the second half, scoring 12 out of the first 14 points in the period, beginning with a Lyttle basket in the low post.

Blystad scored for Hickman County before Reed drained a three-pointer, and at the other end, Lyttle blocked a Lady Bulldog shot and Morris followed with a score, making it 31-17.

After a Lady Bulldog missed shot, Moyers sent one through the cords from deep outside and after another Hickman County brick, Moyers drove to the hoop and scored again, putting the game out of reach at 36-19.

Kiya Morris (12) dishes off to Marissa Lyttle for an easy basket. Morris had several nice assists in the senior night event in Lewisburg Tuesday night.

In charge

The third quarter ended with the Tigerettes in front 39-22.

Kristin Witherspoon nailed a three-pointer for Hickman County to begin the final eight minutes, but Reed gave notice there would be no comeback when she matched Witherspoon's trey at the other end.

The Tigerettes would cruise home from there in the 18-point victory, setting up the first-round tournament home game next week.

Looking ahead

"Wednesday will be a short practice, focusing mainly on shooting and fundamentals and Thursday and Friday will be a little more up tempo in practice with some controled scrimmaging," said Junkins. "Then Monday, we will game plan for Tuesday. I think this will give us a chance to heal up and get fired up for the tourney."

Reed led all scorers in the ballgame with 14 points, while Lyttle netted 13, Moyers added seven, Sanders and Morris scored six points apiece, and Allison Hargrove finished with one point.