Lady Falcons double up score against Tigerettes

Friday, December 5, 2014
Marshall County's (32) Taianda Hutton shoots a layup after being fouled by Lincoln County's (22) Chelsea Gatlin in the second quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Lincoln County (2-3) recorded their ninth straight victory over the Marshall County Tigerettes (1-6) on Monday night when they defeated MCHS 53-26 in Fayetteville.

The Lady Falcons disposed of Marshall County in relatively easy fashion and built a 27-12 lead in the first half before opening up a 48-19 advantage at the end of the third quarter en route to claiming their second win of the season.

Numbers problem

MCHS came into the contest averaging just 39.8 points per game and saw their season long offensive struggles continue against Lincoln County, as they shot a mere 25 percent (11-of-44) from the field overall, hit only 3-of-11 three-pointers, and missed 7-of-8 free throws while committing 23 turnovers.

Point guard Kiya Morris paced the Tigerettes with nine points and four steals. Sydne Solomon also tallied four points and 10 rebounds, while Alexia Allen, Kemesha McFall, and Leah Hollingsworth added three points apiece. Alexis Ford and Taianda Hutton both chipped in two points for Marshall County as well.

Despite making just 5-of-21 attempts from beyond the arc, the Lady Falcons finished with 21 field goals on 36 percent shooting, highlighted by a 9-of-15 effort in the third quarter. Lincoln County also outrebounded MCHS 33-30 and held a 15-10 edge on the offensive boards.

Forward Morgan Higgins led a balanced offensive attack that saw 11 different Lady Falcon players score by pouring in a game high 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Sloan Mann followed Higgins with 10 points and Brianna Faulkner notched seven points. Brianna Sanders and Lily Foster tallied five points apiece as well, while Darian Norman and Makinley Fitch tallied four and three points respectively with Fitch recording seven assists and six steals. Kate Porter, Breanna Flynn, and Laura Bradley also chipped in two points each for Lincoln County and Carly Fee had one point.

Dominant team

The Lady Falcons took command of the game early and flew out to an 11-3 lead late in the first quarter behind five points from Mann and a pair of layups from Higgins.

After scoring on a layup as time expired in the first quarter, Morris knocked down a jumper early in the second to cut the deficit to 11-7, but Lincoln County responded with a 9-0 spurt to open up a 20-9 advantage midway through the stanza.

Marshall County's (12) Kiya Morris knocks down a baseline jumper over Lincoln County's (12) Lily Foster in the second quarter.

Morris then buried a trey to narrow the gap to 20-12 before the Lady Falcons tallied the final seven points of the half to stretch their lead to 27-12.

Lincoln County continued to rapidly distance themselves from MCHS in the third and began the quarter with a 16-4 run to forge a 43-16 advantage with 4:07 left in the stanza.

McFall tallied the next three points on a free throw and an offensive put back to trim the deficit to 43-19, but Foster drilled a three and Norman hit a short bank shot to push the Lady Falcons lead to 48-19 at the end of the third period.

The Tigerettes then put together an 7-1 run in the fourth quarter with the help of a Hollingsworth trey and layups by Hutton and Solomon to close the gap to 49-26 before Lincoln County notched the final four points of the contest to cap their 53-26 triumph.