Tigerettes overwhelmed by powerhouse Overton

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Marshall County's (32) Taianda Hutton scores on a layup against Overton's (20) Skylar O'Rourke in the fourth quarter. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Overton added to the Marshall County Tigerettes' early season woes, as they defeated MCHS 54-35 on Tuesday night in Lewisburg.

The Lady Bobcats (2-4) broke the game open early and built a 32-12 lead in the first half. Overton then saw their lead swell to 49-14 late in the third quarter before coasting to the 19-point victory.

With Tuesday's setback, Marshall County fell to 0-3 on the year and has lost eight straight games overall dating back to last season.

Few shots hit

Despite hitting 8-of-16 field goal attempts in the fourth period, the Tigerettes shot just 28 percent (14-of-50) from the floor overall, which included a 5-of-14 effort from beyond the arc.

Point guard Kiya Morris paced MCHS with 13 points and eight rebounds. Leah Hollingsworth followed Morris with six points, while Sydney Solomon and Taianda Hutton tallied four points apiece. Alexia Allen and Kemesha McFall chipped in three points each for the Tigerettes as well, and Alexis Ford had two points.

The Lady Bobcats, meanwhile, finished with 20 field goals on 37 percent shooting and knocked down 9-of-31 three-point attempts. Overton also outrebounded Marshall County 33-27, held a 15-11 edge on the offensive glass, and committed three fewer turnovers (16-13) than MCHS.

Lashae Brown led the Lady Bobcats with 15 points, while Jada Stewart canned four treys and finished with 14 points. Jessica Hill notched eight points as well and Izumi Kawagishi tallied six points. Meme Graham and Torry Patton also added four points apiece for Overton, while Dinah Ackom Mensah and Skylar O'Rourke chipped in two and one point respectively.

Few shots hit

Marshall County inched out to an early 2-0 lead on an offensive put back by Morris before the Lady Bobcats went on an 11-2 run to seize an 11-4 advantage midway through the first quarter.

After Morris canned a three from the left wing to narrow the gap to 11-7, Overton rattled off 13 straight points with the help of two treys from Brown and a pair of threes from Stewart and Hill to open up a 24-7 advantage early in the second period.

Allen hit a trey to trim the deficit to 24-10 before the Lady Bobcats tallied eight straight points to stretch their lead to 32-10 late in the first half.

Morris knocked down a fade away jumper in the waning moments of the first half to close the gap to 32-12 at the break, but Overton continued to rapidly distance themselves from MCHS in the third quarter and put together a 17-2 run to forge a 49-14 advantage with 1:03 left in the stanza.

Marshall County then outscored the Lady Bobcats 21-5 the rest of the way behind two Hollingsworth threes, five points from Morris, and four points apiece from Hutton and Solomon for the 54-35 final.