Tigerettes knock off CPA
The Marshall County Tigerettes picked up big win on Tuesday night when they defeated two-time defending Class AA state champ Christ Presbyterian Academy 45-41.
Marshall County (5-14, 2-2 District) played some of their best basketball of the season in the first half and built a 28-17 lead through the first two quarters of play.
CPA (9-9, 3-2 District) rallied to tie the game at 34-34 with 5:01 left in the fourth period, but the Tigerettes managed to right the ship down the stretch and outscored the Lady Lions 11-7 the rest of the way to claim their second straight victory.
"I think beating Cascade the other night gave us the confidence that we could do this," said MCHS senior guard Allison Hargrove. "We got nervous when they came back and tied it, but we knew we had to stick it out because we've worked too hard. We just kept on pushing."
Aided by an 6-of-12 shooting performance in the first quarter, the Tigerettes shot 41 percent (18-of-44) percent from the field overall, which included a 3-of-12 effort from three-point range, while committing only 12 turnovers.
"Besides the Cascade game, this was our best performance of the season. We were very intense and played hard for four quarters," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry. "I feel like we're playing smart and starting to jell. We're getting used to playing with each other and are more patient on offense."
Leading the pack
Hargrove led the Tigerettes offensive attack by pouring in a 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go along with four steals. Kiya Morris followed Hargrove with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mecia Reed added seven points. Christy Pettigrew, Zachuriya O'Neal, and Alexis Ford rounded out the scoring for Marshall County with five, four, and two points respectively.
Although CPA outscored the Tigerettes 12-6 at the foul line and knocked down five three-pointers, the Lady Lions finished with only 12 field goals on 31 percent shooting. CPA also outrebounded Marshall County 31-24 and held a 12-11 edge on the offensive glass, but offset that by committing 18 turnovers.
Isabella Franco paced the Lady Lions with 17 points, while Savannah LeGate tallied 11 points. Adela Franco and Kenedi Hambrick chipped in five points apiece for CPA as well.
The Lady Lions inched out to an early 5-2 lead before MCHS put together a 12-2 run on the strength of two treys from Reed and four points from Morris to seize a 14-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
After CPA trimmed the deficit to 14-9 on an offensive put back by LeGate, the Tigerettes outscored the Lady Lions 14-8 over the final 6:56 of the second period with the help of a Hargrove three and four points apiece from O'Neal and Morris to take a 28-17 cushion into halftime.
The Tigerettes lead began to steadily evaporate in the second half, as CPA used an 11-4 spurt in the third quarter to slice the deficit to 32-28.
Pettigrew scored on a layup at the start of the fourth quarter to give MCHS a 34-28 advantage, but Adela Franco and Hambrick nailed consecutive treys to knot the game at 34-34.
Back in front
Marshall County eventually regained their composure and outscored CPA 10-5 over the next 4:24 behind five points from Hargrove and four points from Morris to grab a 44-39 lead.
After Isabella Franco made two free throws to close the gap to 44-41 with :29 remaining, O'Neal missed the front end of a one-and-one.
On the Lady Lions' ensuing possession, guard Jessica Huddleston drilled what appeared to be a game tying three-pointer from the right wing, but CPA coach Becky LeGate had called a timeout just before the shot and the basket was disallowed.
The Lady Lions then threw the ball away a few moments later before Hargrove made the second of two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining to seal the Tigerettes 45-41 victory.