Page holds off Tigerettes

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Marshall County's Kiya Morris fires up a jumper in the first quarter against Page. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes began District play with a thud, as they lost 38-29 on the road to two-time defending champ Page on Friday night.

Although Page (3-9, 1-1 District) came into Friday's contest mired in a six game losing streak, they dominated the game early on and led by as many as 17 points midway through the second quarter before taking a 19-9 lead into the break.

The Tigerettes (3-12, 0-1 District) rallied to slice the deficit to 26-23 early in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Patriots managed to keep MCHS at bay down the stretch and closed the game with a 12-6 run to claim the nine-point victory.

Zone problems

Marshall County was never able to solve Page's 2-3 zone and shot a paltry 15 percent (9-of-59) from the field overall, which included a 4-of-23 effort from three-point range, while the Lady Patriots recorded 12 blocked shots.

The Tigerettes also left a number of points at the foul line and hit just 7-of-22 free throws. MCHS did hold a 19-10 edge on the offensive glass, but Page outrebounded Marshall County 40-36 overall.

"We weren't moving the ball well enough against their zone. It wasn't so much what they did defensively because we didn't follow our offensive game plan," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry. "We fell too far behind at the start of the game and missed too many free throws and easy shots."

Marshall County's Mecia Reed shoots a layup over Page's Marlee Stephens in the fourth quarter.

Allison Hargrove and Kiya Morris led the Tigerettes with 10 points apiece with Hargrove notching 15 rebounds and five steals. Mecia Reed chipped in three points for Marshall County as well, while Zachuriya O'Neal, Alexis Ford, and Kemesha McFall each had two points.

Despite committing 27 turnovers, the Lady Patriots finished with 15 field goals on 36 percent shooting and knocked down 5-of-17 attempts from beyond the arc.

Major impact

Page center Carli Batsel impacted the game on both ends of the floor and narrowly missed recording a triple-double, as she tallied 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with 10 blocked shots and nine rebounds. Meghan Jelonek scored a game high 13 points for the Lady Patriots, while Elizabeth Hood and Marlee Stephens added six points apiece.

The Tigerettes grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a layup by Ford, but things quickly went downhill for MCHS, as Page put together a 19-0 run to seize a 19-2 advantage midway through the second quarter.

Marshall County outscored the Lady Patriots 7-0 over the final 3:52 of the second period with the help of five points from Morris and a Hargrove layup to cut the deficit to 19-9 at the break before Morris canned a three at the start of the third quarter to make it 19-12.

After Hood nailed a trey to give the Lady Patriots 22-13 lead, MCHS countered with an 8-2 spurt behind six points from Hargrove to narrow the gap to 24-20 late in the third.

Within 3

Batsel then hit a short bank shot in the waning moments of the third quarter to push Page's lead to 26-20 before Reed drained a three early in the fourth period to whittle the deficit to 26-23.

The Lady Patriots, though, managed to right the ship and tallied the next five points on a Jelonek trey and an offensive put back by Batsel to open up a 31-23 advantage with 5:26 left.

Marshall County closed the gap to 31-25 thanks to two free throws from Hargrove, but Page outscored the Tigerettes 7-2 over the next 4:10 to stretch their lead to 38-27 en route to notching their seventh straight win over MCHS.