Tigerettes in 11-A logjam

Friday, February 7, 2014
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca Mecia Reed (4) runs out before the game at Cascade Tuesday night where Reed buried four 3-pointers in the third quarter versus the Lady Champions.

The Marshall County Tigerettes played Cascade on the road Tuesday night, hoping for a season sweep over the Lady Champions, but it was not to be as the Wartrace girls prevailed 65-57.

The Tigerettes were not easily staved off by Cascade, giving them all they could handle before a troop shortage due to three players fouling out in the fourth quarter was too much for Lewisburg to handle.


There is a logjam in the middle of the District 11-AA standings as the Tigerettes (6-17, 3-5) heading into Thursday night's game at first-place Giles County (13-8, 7-1) tied for third place in the loss column with Cascade (11-13, 4-5) and Spring Hill (9-12, 4-5).

Two Mikaya Morris first quarter three-bombs gave MCHS an early lead before Cascade managed to come back and take the period 15-12.

A Christy Pettigrew bucket in the paint midway through the second period for MCHS kept the Tigerettes down by three points before a Shania Schneider 3-pointer, followed by a Heather Hart steal and score extended Cascade's lead to 23-15.

With the Lady Champs leading 27-20 and just seconds remaining in the second quarter, Morris came up with her fourth trey of the first half, cutting the Cascade lead to 27-23 at the break.

Tigerettes' time

The third period belonged to the Tigerettes, especially junior Mecia Reed, who scorched the nets for four 3-pointers as part of a 25-point explosion that also included eight points by senior Allison Hargrove.

MCHS took a 48-43 lead into the final period of play in Wartrace before Morris would foul out of the game with just over six minutes to go.

With Morris on the pine, Cascade came back to tie the game at 49 on a one-and-one conversion from the free-throw line by Jessica Ervin with 5:31 remaining in the contest.

Four consecutive made free throws gave the Lady Champions a 53-49 lead, but Kemesha McFall kept the Tigerettes in the contest, scoring one point from the free-throw line and three more moments later on a three-point play in the paint, tying the game at 53 with 3:45 left.

Hart and Hargrove traded a pair of charity shots each, keeping the game knotted at 55.

Departures hurt

Hargrove and Pettigrew would both foul out within the next minute and Cascade made MCHS pay, sinking eight free throws down the stretch, sealing the eight-point victory.

Zachuriya O'Neal (11) drives the baseline in the Tigerettes' 65-57 loss at Cascade Tuesday night.

Hargrove ended up with 16 points to lead the Tigerettes in the scoring column, while Morris netted 14 (four treys), Reed added a dozen on four 3-pointers, Pettigrew chipped in with seven points, McFall netted a half dozen and Zachuriya O'Neal rounded out the MCHS scoring with a deuce.

Ervin led all scorers in the contest with 18 points, while Schneider netted 13, Hart was also in double figures with 10, Maya Gaston and Abi Hunt scored nine points apiece, and Courtnie Carter and Sarah Edmondson ended up with three points apiece for the Lady Champions.