Tigers slip up against Summit
Sometimes it's over before it even begins. The Marshall County Tigers (15-12) made a surprisingly early exit from the postseason when they were upset 57-47 at home by the sixth seeded Summit Spartans in the first round of the District 12-AA tournament on Tuesday night.
MCHS had narrowly defeated Summit (10-17) twice during the regular season and led by as many as seven points in the second quarter of Tuesday's contest before taking a 20-19 advantage into halftime.
First time over Tigers
The Spartans, however, heated up offensively in the second half and outscored the third seeded Tigers 38-27 over the final two quarters to claim their first ever victory over Marshall County.
Although Summit was without the services of 6'8" center Makinde London in the second half due to an ankle injury, the Tigers settled for perimeter jumpers for much of the evening and hoisted up 32 three-point attempts, hitting only five, en route to shooting 30 percent (17-of-56) from the field overall.
Marshall County did commit 12 fewer turnovers (22-10) than the Spartans and held a 8-3 edge on the offensive glass, but Summit outrebounded MCHS 31-23 overall.
Senior shooting guard Kevin Peterson led the Tigers with 18 points and three steals, while Cameron Bowers tallied eight points, five rebounds, and three steals. Chris Walker also added seven points and Aaron Hobbs notched six points. Barry Mayes and Kasey Pleas chipped in five and three points respectively for Marshall County as well with Mayes recording six rebounds and four steals.
Bolstered by a 12-of-20 shooting performance in the second half, the Spartans shot 49 percent from the floor (19-of-39) overall and knocked down 7-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc.
Grant Robison paced three Summit players in double figures with 14 points, and Tucker Rippy followed with 13 points. Conner Barnett also added 10 points for the Spartans, while Cameron Presson and London notched nine and seven points respectively.
Marshall County got off to a promising start and jumped out to a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to five points from Peterson and a jumper by Walker.
Summit used a 9-2 spurt to tie the game at 9-9 late in the first period, but the Tigers outscored the Spartans 9-2 over the next 4:08 with the help of three free throws and baskets from Pleas, Bowers, and Hobbs to seize an 18-11 lead early in the second quarter.
After Summit rattled off eight straight points to pull ahead 19-18 late in the half, Walker hit a jumper in the waning moments of the stanza to give MCHS a 20-19 advantage at the break.
Final Tiger lead
Marshall County stretched their lead to 22-19 early in the third period on two free throws by Peterson, but the momentum swung to the Spartans bench after that point, as Summit went on a 13-4 run to grab a 32-26 advantage late in the stanza.
Bowers hit a layup in the closing seconds of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 32-28, before the Spartans tallied six consecutive points to open up a 38-28 advantage early in the fourth.
After the Tigers outscored Summit 10-5 over the next 2:23 behind a pair of threes from Peterson and Walker to narrow the gap to 43-38, the Spartans notched four straight points on two Barnett free throws and a layup by Rippy to push their lead to 47-38 with 3:20 left.
Marshall County put together a 7-2 run, capped by a Peterson trey, to slice the deficit to 49-45, but Summit responded with six straight points to forge a 55-45 advantage with :43 remaining before claiming the 57-47 victory.