Marshall struggles in Overton semis
After notching wins in the first round of the Overton Christmas tournament, the Marshall County Tigers and Tigerettes both suffered lopsided losses in the tourney semifinals on Saturday night.
The Tigers dropped an 82-55 decision to a powerful Dunbar Wolverine squad, while the Tigerettes were defeated 59-34 by the Martin Luther King Lady Royals earlier in the evening.
Having pummeled Harpeth 89-68 the previous day, the Tigers stepped up in weight class on Saturday evening when they took on Dunbar, which boasts one of the top basketball programs in the state of Ohio.
Unfortunately, the Wolverines had too much punching power and staggered Marshall County early, as they raced out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter before putting together a 23-11 run in the second period to open up a 44-23 advantage at the break.
The Tigers trimmed the deficit to 59-39 in the third quarter with the help of five points from Malek Sain and a Kacy Pleas three-point play, but Dunbar outscored MCHS 23-16 in the fourth period to cap their 27-point victory.
"They're a nationally ranked team and we haven't faced speed like that and won't face it again this season. They just overwhelmed us with their athleticism and we turned the ball over against their press. We knew they were going to be tough and that's what we got," said Marshall County coach Adrian Wilson.
"It stinks to get beat by the margin that we did, but we can't simulate that kind of talent in practice and this experience will only make us better."
Chris Walker paced the Tigers with 13 points and Jay Howard tallied 11 points. D'Andre Brown also added 10 points, while Sain and Darious McKenzie added seven and six points respectively. Pleas (three points), Tre Crutcher (two points) Quavion Harris (two points), and Steven Dangerfield (one point) rounded out the scoring for Marshall County.
Junior point guard and Ohio State commitment Amos Harris led five Wolverine players in double figures with 17 points. Doriane Dawson followed Harris with 13 points, while Terrance Landers, Darius Brooks, and Jordan Smith notched 12, 11, and 10 points respectively.
Coming off a hard fought 45-43 win over Hillsboro the previous evening, the Tigerettes were unable to carry that momentum into their game against Martin Luther King, as the Lady Royals jumped out to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter before opening up a 28-16 advantage at halftime.
After engineering a 17-7 run in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 45-23, MLK outscored Marshall County 14-11 in the fourth period to wrap up their 25-point win.
Kiya Morris led the Tigerettes with 10 points, while Zachuriya O'Neal tallied seven points. Alexis Ford added six points as well and Mecia Reed notched four points. Allison Hargrove, Christy Pettigrew, and Dymond Wicks also chipped in two points apiece for MCHS, while Kemesha McFall had one point.
Jordan Majors spearheaded the Lady Royals offensive attack by pouring in a game high 25 points. Briana Smith followed Majors with 14 points, while Courtney Brown tallied six points.