Tigerettes beat Hampshire for first win

Monday, December 1, 2014
Leah Hollingsworth (3) bangs home one of her three, 3-pointers versus Hampshire in the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament Photos by Anthony S. Puca

After losing three straight to start the season, the MCHS Tigerettes broke into the win column on Wednesday, beating Hampshire 53-40 at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament in Chapel Hill.

Makiya Morris poured in a game high 28 points for Marshall County, who went coast-to-coast for the victory.

First strike

Tianda Hutton opened the scoring in the contest for the Tigerettes before Morris came up with a 3-ponter and after a Lady Hawks' turnover, Morris scored again to make it 7-0.

Hampshire's Breanna Hines would score four out of the next five points in the ballgame to make it 8-4, but Morris would sandwich a pair of treys around a lone Hampshire bucket, extending the Tigerettes' lead to 14-6.

Maddy Brooks and Amaya Ashely teamed up for the Lady Hawks to cut the MCHS lead to five points late, but a Morris basket beat the buzzer for the Tigerettes, who led 17-10 after the first eight minutes.

Hampshire opened the second quarter with a rebound and put-back before Leah Hollingsworth rained home a deep 3-bomb, making it an eight-point ballgame.

Marshall County's Makiya Morris (12) takes the ball strong to the hole for two of her game high 28 points in the Tigerettes' 53-40 win over Hampshire.

Chasing the leader

The Tigerettes could not open up a double digit lead as the Lady Hawks fought to stay in the game, cutting MCHS' lead to five points on a basket and one free throw by Hines with less than a minute to go in the first half, but Hollingsworth drilled a 3-pointer as time wound down, sending the Tigerettes to the locker room with a 27-19 lead.

Early in the third period, Morris hit another 3-pointer, opening up an 11-point lead for MCHS, but once again Hampshire fought back, cutting the Lewisburg lead to eight points at 32-24.

Both squads went cold from the field until Hollingsworth found the bottom from long distance and Hines hit a jumper as the third period ended with MCHS in front 35-26.

An Alexis Ford bucket in the paint for MCHS kicked off the final eight minutes and one possession later, Morris hit two foul shots after a technical foul on Hampshire.

Alexis Allen (5) fights for a rebound for the Tigerettes, who picked up their first win of the season Wednesday at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament.

Ahead for good

The Lady Hawks called timeout with 6:16 remaining in the contest, but lost the ball on a tie-up to the Tigerettes, who went up 43-26 on another Ford bucket down low.

MCHS would maintain a double-digit for much of the fourth quarter as Hampshire never got any closer than nine points late before the Tigerettes put the game away to claim win No. 1 on the season.

Hollingsworth ended up with 10 points (3 treys) for MCHS, Ford finishes with seven, Sydney Solomon added five points, Hutton netted two, and Alexis Allen had a single free throw for one point.

Hines led the Lady Hawks with 15 points, Ashely was also in double figures with 10, Hannah Lightfoot scored seven, Brooks ended up with four, and Lenora Kelly had three.