Shelbyville shells Tigerettes in season opener
With two freshmen in their starting lineup, the Marshall County Tigerettes (0-1) received a baptism by fire to start the 2014-15 basketball campaign, as they suffered an 80-35 road loss at the hands of the Shelbyville Golden Eaglettes (2-1) on Monday night.
Marshall County got off to a promising start and held a 23-20 lead early in the second quarter, but the Eaglettes began to assert themselves after that point and closed the half with a 21-6 run to take a 41-29 advantage into the break.
The wheels then fell off for the Tigerettes in the second half, as Shelbyville outscored the Tigerettes 39-6 over the final two quarters to cruise to the 45-point victory.
Despite hitting 6-of-13 field goal attempts in the first quarter, MCHS shot just 31 percent (11-of-36) from the floor overall, which included a 5-of-19 effort from three-point range. The Tigerettes also had trouble taking care of the ball and committed 27 turnovers.
Kiya Morris led Marshall County with 13 points, while freshman Leah Hollingsworth buried three treys and finished with 11 points. Alexia Allen tallied five points as well and Alexis Ford added four points. Kemesha McFall and Alli Hobbs rounded out the scoring for the Tigerettes with one point apiece.
Shelbyville, conversely, racked up 29 field goals on 42 percent shooting and knocked down 9-of-27 attempts from beyond the arc while committing only eight turnovers. The Eaglettes also outrebounded MCHS 33-23 and held a 21-8 advantage on the offensive glass.
Reserve guard Jenna Holt paced three Shelbyville players in double figures with 14 points. Romny Felts and Jennifer Martin followed Holt with 12 points apiece, and To'Nesha Allison added nine points. Kyleigh Hardy notched seven points as well, while Sarah Beth Martin, TeAnna Edmonson, and Allison Phelps each had six points. Olivia Calvert and Kristen McClenney also chipped in five and three points respectively for the Eaglettes.
Shelbyville jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before Marshall County put together a 10-2 run with the help of five points from Hollingsworth and a Morris three to seize a 10-8 advantage midway through the first quarter.
After McClenney hit three foul shots to put the Eaglettes up 11-10, the Tigerettes outscored Shelbyville 8-4 over the next 2:47 on the strength of a Hollingsworth trey and a pair of baskets from Allen and Ford to grab an 18-15 lead early in the second period.
Tigerettes take lead
The Eaglettes tallied the next five points to pull ahead 20-18, but Hollingsworth drilled a three from the right wing before Morris scored on a layup to give MCHS a 23-20 advantage with 5:47 left in the half.
That would prove to be the high water mark of the night for the Tigerettes, as Shelbyville ripped off 13 straight points to grab a 33-25 lead.
Morris hit two free throws to narrow the gap to 33-25, but the Eaglettes outscored Marshall County 8-4 over the final 1:48 of the half to open up a 41-29 advantage.
Shelbyville then brought down the hammer at the start of the second half by starting the third quarter with a 16-0 run, highlighted by four treys from Holt, to stretch their lead to 57-29 midway through the stanza.
Morris hit a pull up jumper to trim the deficit to 57-31, but the Eaglettes outscored Marshall County 20-1 over the next 10:20 to forge a 77-35 advantage late in the fourth quarter before claiming the 80-35 win.