Tigerettes fall to Eagleville in Forrest tournament

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Marshall County's Sydne Solomon (15) fires up a jumper in the second quarter against Eagleville. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes finished with a 1-2 record at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament after losing 42-31 to the Eagleville Lady Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Eagleville (5-2) took control of the game early and built a 25-15 lead in the first half before outscoring MCHS 17-16 over the final two quarters to claim the 11-point victory.

Having averaged just 41.6 points per game this season, the Tigerettes (1-5) once again struggled offensively and mustered only 11 field goals on 27 percent shooting, which included a 2-of-14 effort from three-point range.

Bright spots

Marshall County did outrebound the Lady Eagles 28-17 and held a 14-4 edge on the offensive glass, but negated their advantage on the boards by committing 21 turnovers.

Point guard Kiya Morris carried much of the offensive load for MCHS and led the Tigerettes with 18 points and five rebounds. Alexis Ford and Sydney Solomon tallied five points apiece as well with Ford grabbing a game high nine rebounds. Leah Hollingsworth rounded out the scoring for Marshall County with three points.

Despite hitting only 2-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc, Eagleville shot 42 percent (15-of-36) from the field while committing only nine turnovers and outscoring the Tigerettes 10-7 at the foul line.

Kristin Barnes paced the Lady Eagles with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with three steals. Taylor Turnage followed Barnes with seven points, while Allison Lynch, Taylor Reed, and Nicole Duke added six, five, and four points respectively. Chelsea Scott and Shi Knox also chipped in two points apiece for Eagleville.

Tigerette run

The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before Marshall County put together a 7-3 run with the help of two baskets from Solomon and a Ford layup to whittle the deficit to 8-7 late in the first quarter.

After Eagleville tallied the next four points to open up a 12-7 advantage, Morris knocked down a short jumper in the waning moments of the first quarter to narrow the gap to 12-9.

The Lady Eagles then notched the first six points of the second quarter to stretch their lead to 18-9 before Morris scored the next four points on two free throws and a pull up jumper to cut the deficit to 18-15 midway through the stanza.

Eagleville opened up some breathing room in the later stages of the second quarter by closing the half with a 7-2 run to take a 25-15 advantage into the break.

Marshall County outscored the Lady Eagles 5-2 through the first four and a half minutes of the third period behind three points from Ford and a Morris jumper to close the gap to 27-20, before Eagleville responded with a 7-3 spurt to stretch their lead to 34-23 early in the fourth.

Morris and Hollingsworth sandwiched a pair of treys around two free throws from Scott to slice the deficit to 36-29 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Tigerettes failed to record another field goal in the contest while Eagleville outscored them 6-2 the rest of the way to seal their 42-31 victory.