Bobcats upend Tigers
Giles County (10-6, 3-3 District) extended their winning streak over the Marshall County Tigers (12-7, 3-3 District) to six games on Friday night when they defeated MCHS 63-58 in Lewisburg.
Needing a win to solidify their hold on second place in the District 12-AA standings, Marshall County held a 32-26 lead at halftime before taking a 46-45 advantage into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats, however, outplayed the Tigers down the stretch and used an 18-9 run to seize a 63-55 lead late in the fourth period en route to claiming the five-point victory.
In a hole
"We put ourselves in a hole by losing this game. We were in a good spot sitting in second place in the District, but now we've got to fight back and dig ourselves out of this hole," said MCHS coach Adrian Wilson.
Marshall County shot 48 percent (21-of-44) and knocked down 5-of-11 three-point attempts, but hit only 11-of-19 free throws and committed 17 turnovers.
Although they shot only 37 percent (21-of-57) from the floor and made just 3-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc, Giles County committed just 12 turnovers and hit 18-of-22 free throws. The Bobcats also outrebounded MCHS 30-20 and held a 13-7 edge on the offensive glass.
"We had really rebounded well all year and had improved a lot in that area, but you wouldn't think so if you saw us for the first time tonight," said Wilson. "They didn't do anything that we didn't expect. They went and got what they wanted. Giles County wanted it more than us and got every loose ball."
Chris Walker led the Tigers with 14 points and five assists, while D'Andre Brown added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Steven Dangerfield tallied 10 points as well and Malek Sain added nine points. Kacy Pleas also chipped in six points for Marshall County, while Jay Howard, Darious McKenzie, and Tre Crutcher each had two points.
Devante Jimenez paced four Bobcat players in double figures with 21 points. Kimani Bledsoe followed Jimenez with 15 points, while Bailey Scoggins and Montrell Gilbert notched 13 and 12 points respectively.
Giles County raced out to an early 12-6 lead before the Tigers went on a 16-3 run behind seven points from Brown and a Sain trey to seize a 22-15 advantage with 6:22 left in the second quarter.
The Bobcats then rattled off 10 straight points to pull ahead 25-22, but MCHS outscored Giles County 10-1 over the final 2:50 of the first half with the help of five points from Dangerfield and a Sain three to take a 32-26 lead into the break.
After the Bobcats tallied seven of the first eight points in the third period to knot the game at 33-33, Sain drained another trey and Pleas scored on a layup to give the Tigers a 38-33 advantage.
Giles County put together a 7-2 run to retie the score at 40-40 before Dangerfield hit a short jumper and a layup to stake Marshall County to a 44-40 lead late in the third quarter.
The Bobcats then notched five straight points to claim a 45-44 advantage, but Brown scored on a layup in the waning seconds of the third quarter to put MCHS back up 46-45.
In the fourth period, the tide began to turn in favor of Giles County, as the Bobcats opened the stanza with a 10-4 spurt to take a 55-50 lead.
The Tigers trimmed the deficit to 57-54 with 2:00 thanks to a Walker turnaround jumper and a layup by Pleas, but the Bobcats outscored MCHS 6-1 over the next 1:38 to open up a 63-55 advantage before taking home the 63-58 victory.