Tigers win, Tigerettes fall against Lincoln County
After suffering a couple of lopsided losses in the last two rounds of the Overton Christmas Tournament, the Marshall County Tigers (8-5) put those lessons to good use on Friday night when they went on the road and hammered Lincoln County 60-39 to complete the season sweep of the Falcons.
The Tigerettes, meanwhile, saw their upset bid come up short against Lincoln County in the opening game of the evening, as they dropped a 46-38 decision to the Lady Falcons after leading at halftime.
Having defeated Lincoln County 53-44 in their previous encounter on Nov. 18, the Tigers pounced on the Falcons early in Friday's contest and jumped out to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter.
Lincoln County (4-9) used an 11-6 spurt in the second period to narrow the gap to 29-18 at halftime, but Marshall County outscored the Falcons 13-12 in the third quarter to open up a 42-30 advantage.
The Tigers then delivered the knockout blow in the fourth period by putting together an 18-9 run to cap their 21-point victory.
D'Andre Brown and Darious McKenzie led Marshall County with 12 points apiece, while Chris Walker and Kacy Pleas both tallied nine points. Malek Sain also notched six points for MCHS, and Steven Dangerfield, Tre Crutcher, and Jay Howard chipped in four points apiece.
Austin Grimes paced Lincoln County with a game high 17 points. Xavier Talley-Hyde followed Grimes with 12 points, while Tyler Jones and Fred Boyd both had four points. Eli Slayton rounded out the scoring for the Falcons with two points.
Lincoln County had easily defeated the Tigerettes 60-32 in their previous encounter, but coach Jerrie Henry's squad put up a much tougher fight this time around and built a 9-1 lead in the first quarter.
The Lady Falcons eventually broke out of their offensive funk in the second period and outscored Marshall County 13-6 in the stanza to slice the deficit to 15-14 at the break before going on a 23-10 run in the third quarter to seize a 37-25 advantage.
MCHS then outscored Lincoln County 13-9 in the fourth period, but the Lady Falcons managed to withstand the Tigerette rally to claim the eight-point victory.
Allison Hargrove led the Tigerettes with 11 points, while Kiya Morris added nine points. Britni Davis tallied eight points as well and Mecia Reed notched five points. Christy Pettigrew and Zachuriya O'Neal rounded out the scoring for Marshall County with three and two points respectively.
Cortney Storey paced Lincoln County with 12 points, while Morgan Higgins tallied 11 points. McKinley Slayton also added eight points and Samantha Williams notched seven points. Lauren Gower chipped in four points for the Lady Falcons as well, while Brianna Sanders and Bethany Lamon both had two points.