CPA gets revenge on Tigerettes
Christ Presbyterian Academy evened the season series with the Marshall County Tigerettes (6-20, 3-7 District) on Friday night when they defeated MCHS 62-35 in Nashville.
The Tigerettes beat CPA 45-41 in their previous encounter on Jan. 21 with the help of a strong first half performance, but the Lady Lions (16-9, 8-2 District) turned the tables on Marshall County on Friday and built a 27-18 lead through the opening two quarters of play.
CPA takes control
The game then got out of hand in the second half, as CPA outscored the Tigerettes 35-17 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 27-point victory.
Although they committed 20 turnovers, the Lady Lions shot a torrid 57 percent (21-of-37) from the field and knocked down 7-of-15 three-point attempts.
Isabella Franco led CPA with 14 points, while center Savannah LeGate tallied 12 points, nine rebounds, and six blocked shots. Adela Franco also added 10 points and Jessica Huddleston notched eight points. Kenedi Hambrick and Siarra Stout chipped in six points apiece for the Lady Lions as well.
Despite committing only 13 turnovers, the Tigerettes mustered a mere eight field goals on 18 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-14 effort from beyond the arc. Marshall County held a 13-10 edge on the offensive glass, but CPA outrebounded the Tigerettes 36-24 overall.
Kiya Morris paced the Tigerettes with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Allison Hargrove tallied 10 points and seven rebounds. Zachuriya O'Neal also added four points and Mecia Reed chipped in three points. Christy Pettigrew, Alexis Ford, and Taianda Hutton rounded out the scoring for MCHS with one point each.
The Lady Lions took control of the game early and raced out to a 12-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Marshall County put together a 9-5 run on the strength of five points from Morris and a Reed trey to whittle the deficit to 17-9 early in the second period, but CPA notched seven of the next nine points to open up a 24-11 advantage.
After the Tigerettes outscored the Lady Lions 7-1 over the next minute with the help of four points from Hargrove and a O'Neal three to narrow the gap to 25-18, Isabella Franco made two free throws in the waning moments of the half to stake CPA to a 27-18 lead at the break.
The Lady Lions then blew the contest open in the third by starting the quarter with a 16-4 spurt to forge a 43-22 lead midway through the stanza.
Morris and Hargrove sandwiched a turnaround jumper and a layup around a Adela Franco three-point play to trim the deficit to 46-26 late in the third period, but CPA tallied eight of the next nine points to push their lead to 54-27 early in the fourth period.
Marshall County then closed the gap to 54-32 on a Morris trey before the Lady Lions outscored MCHS 8-3 the rest of the way for the 62-35 final.