Giles Co. holds off Tigerettes

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber Marshall County's Allison Hargrove scores on a layup in the second quarter against Giles County.

The Marshall County Tigerettes missed a chance to close the gap between them and first place Giles County in the District standings when they dropped a 56-49 decision to the Lady Bobcats on Friday night at home.

Having lost the last three meetings against MCHS, Giles County (12-7, 6-0 District) built a 27-21 lead in the first half before opening up a 40-29 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Fouls take toll

The Tigerettes (5-14, 2-3 District) then used a three-point barrage to slice the deficit to 44-41 with 5:05 left, but saw their comeback attempt fizzle out after they had four players foul out over the next four minutes.

Despite knocking down 9-of-20 attempts from beyond the arc, Marshall County mustered just 14 field goals on 33 percent shooting, while committing 15 turnovers.

Senior guard Allison Hargrove led MCHS with 16 points and six steals. Mecia Reed drilled four treys and followed Hargrove with 14 points, while Kiya Morris added nine points. Zachuriya O'Neal and Christy Pettigrew rounded out the scoring for the Tigerettes with six and four points respectively.

Although they committed 18 turnovers and hit just 1-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc, the Lady Bobcats finished with 17 field goals on 37 percent shooting and outscored Marshall County 21-12 at the foul line. Giles County also held a 16-5 edge on the offensive glass and outrebounded the Tigerettes 38-23 overall.

Reserve takes charge

Reserve center Aliyah Jenkins gave the Lady Bobcats a spark off the bench by pouring in a game high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Erin Freeman and Keneisha Love tallied 10 points apiece for Giles County as well, while Adison Gowan and Lee Lee Lawrence chipped in seven and five points respectively.

Marshall County's Kiya Morris fires up a jumper over Giles County's Ebony Nelson in the first quarter.

The Tigerettes jumped out to an early 5-0 lead thanks to a Morris three and two free throws from Hargrove, before the Lady Bobcats put together a 17-5 run to seize a 17-10 advantage with 6:26 left in the second quarter.

MCHS outscored Giles County 11-4 over the next four minutes with the help of two Reed treys and five points from Hargrove to knot the score at 21-21, but the Lady Bobcats tallied the final six points of the half to take a 27-21 lead into the break.

Giles County then opened up some breathing room by notching eight of the first 11 points in the third quarter to make it 35-24 midway through the stanza.

After the Tigerettes trimmed the deficit to 35-27 on a layup and a free throw by Morris, the Lady Bobcats outscored Marshall County 5-2 over the next 3:28 to forge a 40-29 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Late run

MCHS then got hot from the outside and engineered a 12-4 run with the help of treys from Reed, Morris, Pettigrew, and Hargrove to narrow the gap to 44-41.

Marshall County, however, saw their main offensive threats head to the bench down to the stretch, as Morris, Hargrove, and Reed all fouled out over the next 3:17 while Giles County outscored the Tigerettes 9-4 during that span to stretch their lead to 53-45.

The Tigerettes whittled the deficit to 54-49 with :24 left thanks to four free throws from O'Neal, but Freeman made two foul shots on the Lady Bobcats' ensuing possession to seal Giles County's 56-49 victory.