Tigers lose another close one
After losing a one-point game at Shelbyville in their season opener, the MCHS Tigers found themselves in a big cat fight Friday night at Columbia where they led early before falling 65-55.
"We just didn't do what we needed to do tonight, we didn't make enough free throws and some bad defense with no help hurt us," said MCHS head coach Arnett Bodenhamer. "In the words of the great Aaron Rogers "relax" we are going to get and when we get it, we will be fine. I don't like to lose, nobody likes to lose, but it is a learning experience."
The Lions jumped out to a slim 4-0 lead before Kacey Pleas got the Tigers on the board with a basket in the low post.
Sanchez Burkeen drilled a 3-pointer for Columbia, but Curtis Keiler matched the long bomb for Lewisburg, making 7-6.
After a Columbia missed shot, MCHS took their first lead of the game on a Malik Sain drive and score.
Two possessions later, Sain stole the ball and scored again, and after another Columbia miscue, Darius Mckenzie scored in the low post for MCHS, making it a 12-7 ballgame.
The Lions picked up a bucket to cut the lead to three points before Chris Walker hit one of two from the free-throw line.
Marshall County went into high gear as Jay Howard entered the game and scored on back-to-back rebounds and tip-ins of the fast break variety.
The Lions would cut the MCHS lead to six points on a 3-pointer by Kendall Gill as the first quarter came to a close.
The Tigers took an 18-12 lead into the second period and extended it to eight points when Pleas scored in the low post.
Gill would come back with a 3-pointer for Columbia, sparking the Lions off to a 19-2 run to go-ahead 31-22.
Sain stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer as MCHS dug in with an 8-2 spurt to end the half and trailed by just three points at 33-30, entering period No. 3.
Sain went deep to begin the third quarter, tying the contest at 33, but Gill threw a missile down as the Lions took the lead for good.
The Tigers would not fade, cutting the Columbia lead to one point on three separate occasion in the period before a Gill three-bomb and two late free throws by Jalen Joyce gave the host Lions a 49-43 lead, entering the final eight minutes of play.
Lions pull ahead
Gill and Pleas traded buckets to start the fourth quarter and after a Tiger turnover, Brandon Levier scored for Columbia.
Walker would come up with a 3-pointer moments later for MCHS, forcing a Lions' timeout with 4:53 left in the game and after the stoppage, Cameron Harvey drilled a trey for Columbia
The Lions re-opened a double digit lead and would go on to secure the 10-point win.
Howard led MCHS with 13 points in the game, while Sain and Pleas had nine, Tre Crutcher, Walker, and Keiler all posted five points apiece, Caleb Fields and Mckenzie had four, and Quavion Harris added a single marker.
Gill led Columbia with 14 points, while Levier (13), Harvey (11), and Ashanta Brown (10) were all in double digits as well for the Lions.