Tigerettes crush Culleoka

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Marshall County's Zachuriya O'Neal hits a short runner in the first quarter against Culleoka. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Having lost to Culleoka 56-49 two weeks earlier, the Marshall County Tigerettes (2-6) got some payback on Saturday afternoon when they thrashed the Lady Warriors 53-26 at home.

Coming off a gut wrenching 51-50 loss to Huntland two days earlier that saw them blow a 17-point third quarter lead, the Tigerettes once again got off to a fast start on Saturday and raced out to a 24-10 lead in the first half.

Marshall County, however, maintained their focus this time around and eventually opened up a 53-15 cushion early in the fourth period before coasting to the 27-point victory.

Payback

"It was real important to get a win tonight because we shouldn't have lost to Huntland the other night and worked hard to get ready for this game," said MCHS senior shooting guard Allison Hargrove. "We wanted to win this game pretty badly too because we're better than what we showed the last time we played them."

Although the Tigerettes shot only 36 percent (20-of-56) from the field overall, which included a 5-of-19 effort from three-point range, Marshall County outrebounded Culleoka 34-16, held a 16-5 edge on the offensive glass, and committed a season low nine turnovers.

Marshall County's Alexis Ford scores on a layup in the fourth quarter against Culleoka.

Hargrove recorded her second straight double-double and led the Tigerettes with 19 points, 13 rebounds, and two steals. Mecia Reed followed Hargrove with 14 points and Alexis Ford tallied nine points and seven rebounds. Zachuriya O'Neal and Taianda Hutton chipped in four points apiece for MCHS as well, while Britni Davis and Christy Pettigrew had two and one point respectively.

Culleoka (3-4) saw their offense sputter for much of the contest, as they committed 19 turnovers and mustered just eight field goals on 25 percent shooting despite hitting 3-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc.

Logan Scott paced the Lady Warriors with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Hayley Foster added six points. Sarah Liggett and Niki Lee also notched four and two points respectively for Culleoka.

Early start

The Tigerettes pounced on the Lady Warriors early and jumped out to a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter with the help of two Reed treys and a pair of baskets from O'Neal and Hargrove.

Scott converted a three-point play in the waning seconds of the first period to cut the deficit to 10-3, but Marshall County began the second quarter with an 11-0 run behind seven points from Hargrove to open up a 21-3 advantage midway through the stanza.

After Culleoka used a 7-3 spurt to narrow the gap to 24-10 at the break, the Tigerettes tallied the first seven points of the third quarter on a Ford three-point play, a Hargrove offensive put back, and a layup by Reed to push their lead to 31-10.

Big runs

Foster nailed a three to trim the deficit to 31-13, but Marshall County outscored the Lady Warriors 11-0 over the next 3:37 on the strength of six points from Hargrove and three points from Ford to forge a 42-13 advantage.

Following a jumper by Scott, which closed the gap to 42-15 with :55 left in the third quarter, the Tigerettes responded with a 10-0 run, highlighted by two Reed treys, to stretch their lead to 52-15 early in the fourth period.

Culloeka then outscored MCHS 11-1 the rest of the way for the 53-26 final.