Tigerettes hold off Hillsboro

Friday, January 3, 2014
Marshall County's Allison Hargrove drives past Hillsboro's Janel Pate in the first quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes (3-8) picked up a much needed win on Friday afternoon when they defeated the Hillsboro Lady Burros 45-43 in the first round of the Overton Christmas tournament to snap a two-game losing streak.

After taking a 21-18 lead into halftime, the Tigerettes opened up a 31-20 advantage midway through the third quarter before withstanding a late comeback attempt by Hillsboro (2-6).

No intimidation

"It was good to play a AAA team and to go into the new year with a win. I told the girls to always respect the other team, but to never be intimidated by anyone they play," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry. "It was important to win this game so we can generate some momentum going into District play."

The Tigerettes turned in one of their better defensive performances of the season and limited Hillsboro to 16 field goals on 33 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-12 effort from three-point range.

Marshall County shot just 29 percent (14-of-48) from the floor and hit only 4-of-18 attempts from beyond the arc, but outscored the Lady Burros 13-8 at the foul line. The two teams were relatively even on the boards, as Hillsboro held an 18-17 edge on the offensive glass, while MCHS outrebounded the Lady Burros 37-35 overall.

Marshall County's Kiya Morris scores on a layup in the fourth quarter against Hillsboro.

Allison Hargrove and Kiya Morris led the Tigerettes with 10 points apiece, while Zachuriya O'Neal and Alexis Ford both tallied nine points with Ford grabbing a team high 11 rebounds. Meisha Reed added seven points for Marshall County as well.

Top Lady Burro

Point guard Capria Holmes spearheaded Hillsboro's comeback attempt by pouring in 13 of her game high 23 points in the fourth quarter. Dorie Harrison followed Holmes with eight points and 14 rebounds, while Janel Pate and Alyssa Wyatt chipped in four points apiece.

The Tigerettes jumped out to a 6-2 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to two free throws and a pair of layups from Hargrove and Ford.

Hillsboro went on a 9-3 run to pull ahead 11-9 early in the second period, but Marshall County outscored the Lady Burros 12-7 over the final 6:20 of the first half on the strength of a Morris three-point play and two treys from Hargrove and Reed to take a 21-18 lead into the break.

The Tigerettes then opened up some breathing room at the start of the second half and began the third quarter with a 10-2 spurt, highlighted by threes from Reed and O'Neal, to open up a 31-20 advantage.

Keeping the lead

MCHS saw their lead quickly evaporate though, as Hillsboro put together a 10-1 run to slice the deficit to 32-30 early in the fourth quarter.

Marshall County tallied six of the next eight points with the help of two free throws from Morris and baskets from Ford and Hargrove to make it 38-32, but Holmes suddenly caught fire and single handedly outscored the Tigerettes 11-6 over the next 2:16 to close the gap to 44-43 with :24 left.

After O'Neal hit one-of-two free throws to give MCHS a 45-43 lead with 19.7 seconds remaining, Harrison was called for traveling on the Lady Burros ensuing possession.

O'Neal then missed two free throws with :11 left, but Morris grabbed the offensive rebound and the Tigerettes were able to run the remaining time off the clock to secure the two-point victory.