Tigers trounce Murfreesboro Central Magnet
The Marshall County Tigers (13-7) snapped a two-game losing streak on Monday night when they defeated Murfreesboro Central Magnet 65-44 at home to complete the sweep of the regular season series
Having defeated MCM 68-34 in their previous encounter on Jan. 11, the Tigers once again had little trouble disposing of Murfreesboro Central Magnet (2-20) and led by as many as 18 points in the first half prior to taking a 25-15 lead into the break. Marshall County then opened up a 55-26 advantage midway through the fourth quarter before coasting to the 21-point win.
Bolstered by a 17-of-26 shooting performance in the second half, the Tigers shot 46 percent (25-of-54) from the field overall, which included 3-of-14 effort from three-point range. Marshall County also outrebounded MCM 40-27 and held a 10-6 edge on the offensive boards while committing 14 turnovers.
Bench shows off
With MCHS coach Adrian Wilson substituting freely throughout the contest, the Tiger reserves accounted for 39 of Marshall County's 65 points. Backup center Darious McKenzie led MCHS with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. while Jay Howard tallied 11 points. D'Andre Brown and Steven Dangerfield notched seven points apiece as well, and Curtis Keiler and Dayveontae Brown both notched five points. Chris Walker and Tre Crutcher also chipped in four points each, while Quavion Harris and Keevon Maxwell both added three points. Malek Sain and Kacy Pleas rounded out the scoring for the Tigers with two points apiece.
"We got some young guys in tonight and they did a good job," said Wilson. "We felt like we were quite a bit better than them so we substituted a lot because we've got big District games against Page and Spring Hill this week. We were hoping to build up the lead early and rest our legs."
Marshall County, meanwhile, forced 17 Murfreesboro Central Magnet turnovers and limited MCM to just 13 field goals on 29 percent shooting, which included a 4-of-16 effort from beyond the arc.
Cameron McGowen paced Murfreesboro Central Magnet with 13 points, while Zach McCrary and Jeremiah Petty added 10 and four points respectively.
The Tigers got off to a hot start and raced out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter on the strength of seven points from Howard, five points from D'Andre Brown, and a Keiler trey.
McCrary and Petty knocked down jumpers to narrow the gap to 21-7, before McKenzie made four straight free throws to give Marshall County a 25-7 advantage late in the second period.
MCM tallied the final eight points of the first half to whittle the deficit to 25-15, but the Tigers opened the third quarter with an 8-2 spurt behind four points from Howard to stretch their lead to 33-17.
After Murfreesboro Central Magnet notched the next four points to close the gap to 33-21, Marshall County outscored MCM 14-3 over the last 4:15 of the third quarter with the help of eight points from McKenzie to forge a 47-24 advantage.
In the fourth period, Murfreesboro Central Magnet trimmed the deficit to 47-25 on a free throw by Bennett Fouts before the Tigers responded with an 8-1 run, highlighted by a Dangerfield three, to push their lead to 55-26.
Murfreesboro Central Magnet then outscored Marshall County 18-10 the rest of the way for the 65-44 final.