Tigers beat Raiders in home finale

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca The MCHS seniors, from left, are, Justice Giacomo, Elise Haislip, Aleah McLean, Brittney Yumul, Cortni Beardsley, Aaron Hobbs, Delanie Gillespie, Allison Hargrove, Hollynn Brown, Hailee Walls and Olivia Selvey.

The Marshall County Tigers took care of business Friday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg, downing Spring Hill 69-48 to hold on to second place in the District 11-AA standings.

MCHS turned in a balanced offensive attack in the contest with four players recording double figures in the scoring column with Chris Walker and Malek Sain leading the way with 18 points apiece, while Jay Howard pitched in with 14 points and D'Andre Brown netted a baker's dozen.

Slow start

The Tigers started a little slow in the regular season home finale, falling behind by six points in the first quarter before coming back to within a single digit at 14-13 on a Sain deep ball at the conclusion of the period.

Sain opened up the second quarter with a score to put the Tigers in the lead and they would stay in front for most of the period.

A Chance Perry bucket in the paint for Spring Hill with 3:12 remaining in the first half made it a 27-26 ballgame with the Tigers still up by the slimmest of margins.

MCHS responded with two free throws by Steven Dangerfield and a Walker basket off a Raider miscue before the quarter ended on one charity shot by Spring Hill's Keidron McCallister.

D'Andre Brown (22) scored 13 points in the Tigers' big win over Spring Hill Friday night in Lewisburg.

Staying in front

The Tigers held the four-point lead midway into the third period before Spring Hill managed to cut one point off the deficit on a charity toss by Perry that made it a 38-35.

Kacey Pleas matched the free throw at the other end for Marshall County and two possessions later, Walker cleaned the glass and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up, putting the Tigers up 41-35.

The Raiders coughed up the rock and Jay Howard made them pay when he knocked home a rebound as the buzzer sounded, ending the third period with MCHS holding a 43-35 lead.

Spring Hill had the ball to begin the final eight minutes, but turned it over three consecutive times and the miscues became fatal as Brown scored after the first giveaway and Sain stuck in the dagger on a long three-bomb and a drive to the hoop that swelled the Tigers' lead to 50-35.

Pouring it on

Chris Walker (15) flies to the glass for two of his 18 points in the contest.

From there MCHS (15-7, 5-2) poured it on to claim the 19-point win over the Raiders (6-14, 2-6).

Pleas ended up with three points for the Tigers and Dangerfield finished with a deuce.

McCallister led the Raiders in the scoring column with 14 points, while Jamarco Perkins netted 12 and Perry finished in double figures with 10 points.

The Tigers finish up the regular season this week with three huge district road games, beginning with Cascade (17-4, 5-3) on Tuesday, Giles County (10-7, 3-4) on Thursday and first place CPA (25-2, 8-0) on Friday.