Tigers claim win, Tigerettes fall
Coming off a 68-34 victory over Murfreesboro Central Magnet three days earlier, the Marshall County Tigers picked up a big District win on Tuesday evening when they went on the road and defeated the Spring Hill Raiders 60-48.
The Tigerettes, meanwhile, suffered their sixth straight loss after dropping a 37-34 decision to Spring Hill in the opening game of the night.
Spring Hill had (5-7, 1-2 District) won the last five meetings against the Tigers and looked strong early, as they built a 15-13 lead in the first quarter.
MCHS, however, began to assert themselves in the second period and put together a 15-7 run behind seven points from Malek Sain and four points from Jay Howard to take a 28-22 advantage into the break.
The Tigers (11-5, 2-0 District) then stretched their lead to 43-35 in the third quarter with the help of eight points from Sain and four points from Howard before outscoring the Raiders 17-13 in the fourth period on the strength of five points from Sain and four points apiece from Kacy Pleas and D'Andre Brown to claim their fourth straight victory.
"This win keeps us tied for first place in the league. All District wins are important regardless of whether their ugly or pretty because it helps set you up for the District tournament," said Marshall County coach Adrian Wilson. "These guys didn't seemed worried about playing Spring Hill because they're so loose and confident. We're so young that our guys don't know about what happened in the past. They just want to go out there and win."
Sain drilled five treys and led the Tigers with a game high 23 points. Howard followed Sain with 16 points and Pleas added seven points. Darious McKenzie tallied six points for Marshall County as well, while Chris Walker and Brown chipped in four points apiece.
"Offensively, Malek and Jay filled it up for us and gave us a good inside-outside game, but we've got other guys that can score and teams have to respect them. It just happened that Malek and Jay scored tonight," said Wilson.
Keidron McCallister paced the Raiders with 15 points, while Chance Perry notched 14 points. Jamarco Perkins and Brandon Gibson also tallied seven and six points respectively for Spring Hill.
Having won the last 15 meetings against the Lady Raiders, the Tigerettes (3-14, 0-2 District) got off to a solid start in Tuesday's contest and held an 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to six points from Allison Hargrove and five points from Alexis Ford.
Marshall County's lead would prove to be short lived, as Spring Hill (6-6, 2-1 District) went on a 12-5 run in the second period to pull ahead 21-16 before opening up a 34-28 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Although the Lady Raiders tallied just three points in the fourth period, the Tigerettes were unable to capitalize on Spring Hill's offensive struggles and mustered only six points in the stanza en route to suffering the 37-34 loss.
Hargrove led MCHS with 11 points, while Mecia Reed and Ford added nine points apiece. Kiya Morris notched five points for the Tigerettes as well.
Kelsey Sanders paced the Lady Raiders with 11 points and Leisa Butler tallied 10 points. Jasmine Jetton and Gracyn Martin also chipped in six and five points respectively for Spring Hill.