GC edges Tigerettes
The Marshall County Tigerettes hopes of hosting a first round District tournament game took a major blow on Thursday night when they dropped a heartbreaking 42-39 decision to first place Giles County in Pulaski.
Having defeated MCHS 56-49 in their previous encounter on Jan. 24, the Lady Bobcats (14-8, 8-1 District) built a 26-17 lead in the first half of Thursday's contest, but the Tigerettes (6-19, 3-6 District) battled back and tied the game at 39-39 late in the fourth quarter.
Marshall County, however, was unable to execute during crunch time, as they committed a turnover and missed a layup on their next two possessions while Giles County scored the final three points of the game on three free throws to complete the sweep of the season series.
Hindered by a 2-of-14 effort from three-point range, the Tigerettes mustered just 14 field goals on 30 percent shooting. MCHS also made only 9-of-14 free throws and committed 19 turnovers.
Kiya Morris led the Tigerettes with 18 points, while Allison Hargrove tallied 12 points, six rebounds, and six steals. Mecia Reed added four points and four steals as well and Zachuriya O'Neal chipped in three points. Christy Pettigrew and Alexis Ford rounded out the scoring for Marshall County with one point each.
Although they committed 29 turnovers and hit only 4-of-13 free throws, the Lady Bobcats shot 45 percent (18-of-40) from the field, which included a 2-of-6 effort from beyond the arc. Giles County also outrebounded MCHS 32-19 and held a 9-8 edge on the offensive glass.
Erin Freeman paced the Lady Bobcats with 10 points. Keneisha Love followed Freeman with nine points, while Aliyah Jenkins, Lee Lee Lawrence, and Adison Gowan added eight, five, and four points respectively.
Giles County raced out to a 13-5 lead late in the first quarter before the Tigerettes put together an 8-2 run with the help of two layups from Hargrove and a Morris jumper to cut the deficit to 15-13 early in the second period.
After the Lady Bobcats notched five of the next six points to open up a 20-14 advantage, Morris drained a trey from the left wing to narrow the gap to 20-17.
MC strikes back
Giles County then tallied the final six points of the half to stretch their lead to 26-17, but MCHS outscored the Lady Bobcats 13-7 in the third period on the strength of six points from Hargrove, four points from Hargrove, and a Reed three to slice the deficit to 33-30.
Lawrence hit a short bank shot early in the fourth quarter to give Giles County a 35-30 lead before MCHS responded with a 6-2 spurt behind four points from Morris and an O'Neal jumper to close the gap to 37-36.
After Gowan hit a jumper to make it 39-36, Morris scored the next three points on a layup and a free throw to knot the contest at 39-39 with :56 remaining.
Love then missed two free throws and MCHS had a chance to hold the ball for the final shot, but Freeman made a steal near midcourt and was fouled on the play.
Freeman then hit the first free throw to stake the Lady Bobcats to a 40-39 advantage before missing the second and chasing down the offensive rebound.
After Gown made two foul shots with 17.5 seconds left to stretch Giles County's lead to 41-38, Pettigrew missed a layup on MCHS' ensuing possession.
Hargrove then made a steal in the waning moments of the contest but was unable to get off a shot before time expired.