Marshall County sweeps Page
Page's recent dominance over the Marshall County Tigerettes came to an end on Tuesday night, as MCHS snapped a seven-game losing streak against their longtime rival by defeating the Lady Patriots 43-28 at home.
The Tigers, meanwhile, beat Page 65-50 in the nightcap to complete the sweep of the season series against the Patriots.
Having lost 38-29 to the Lady Patriots in their previous meeting on Jan. 10 due to a poor first half performance, the Tigerettes (6-16, 3-3 District) turned the tables on Page in Tuesday's contest and built a 12-4 lead in the opening quarter with the help of two threes from Zachuriya O'Neal and a Kiya Morris trey.
After opening up a 22-11 advantage in the second period with the help of nine points from Morris, Marshall County put together a 15-5 run in the third quarter behind seven points from Morris and six points from Allison Hargrove to stretch their lead to 37-16.
Page (3-14, 1-6 District) then outscored the Tigerettes 12-6 in the fourth period for the 43-28 final.
"The first time we played them we didn't execute on offense and didn't deny the ball defensively. We didn't play aggressively and dug ourselves a big hole that we couldn't overcome," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry. "This time we were aggressive and pressed a lot more. We also had a lot better ball movement on offense and played with a lot more intensity. We played well as a team."
Morris led Marshall County with 21 points, while O'Neal tallied 11 points. Hargrove added eight points for MCHS as well and Christy Pettigrew chipped in three points.
Marlee Stephens paced the Lady Patriots with nine points, while Carli Batsel and Shelby Rice both notched four points. Peyton Clark and Kara Obersteadt also scored three points apiece for Page.
Despite getting off to a slow start, the Tigers (14-7, 4-2 District) held a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to four points apiece from Malek Sain and Jay Howard.
In the second period, Marshall County broke the game open by engineering a 23-10 run on the strength of seven points from Steven Dangerfield and five points apiece from Howard and D'Andre Brown to forge a 35-20 advantage.
The Tigers then continued to pull away in the third quarter and outscored the Patriots 20-12 in the stanza with the help of 11 points from Brown and five points from Pleas to push their lead to 55-32 en route to claiming their 12th straight win over Page (8-13, 0-7 District).
"We got off to a slow start, but during the middle two quarters we played some of our best basketball of the year," said MCHS coach Adrian Wilson. "We got it rolling in the second quarter and then carried that momentum into the third quarter. We were very unselfish and were getting to the rim at will."
D'Andre Brown led the Tigers with 16 points and Dangerfield finished with 11 points. Pleas and Howard also tallied nine points apiece, and Darious McKenzie added five points. Sain and Curtis Keiler both chipped in four points as well, while Chris Walker, Zach Johnson and Quavion Harris each had two points. Dayveontae Brown rounded out the scoring for Marshall County with one point.