Morris shot sinks Summit

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Marshall County's Kiya Morris (12) nails the game-winning three-pointer versus Summit with 10.6 seconds left in the game. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes came up with a huge 32-30 win over Summit Friday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg, winning the nail biter on a clutch 3-pointer by Kiya Morris with 10.6 seconds remaining in the game.

The Tigerettes (2-6) led the Lady Spartans 8-3 after a low scoring first quarter ended with a Sydney Solomon rebound and put-back, followed by a steal and score by Tianda Hutton.

A Morris trey early in the second period extended Marshall County's lead to eight points and after a Summit bucket by Sydney Forrest, the Tigerettes went on a 7-0 run, capped off by a swipe and score by Christi Pettigrew, making it an 18-5 contest with 2:41 remaining in the first half.

Summit would score five out the next six points to cut the Marshall County lead to nine points at halftime.

Scoring freeze

Both squads went in to a cold spell from the field in the third quarter with the first basket coming on a Forrest bucket with 4:05 left in the period.

Solomon scored for the Tigerettes moments later, but the Lady Spartans put together a 6-0 run, capped off by a Shelby Penning jumper, slicing MCHS' lead to 21-18.

Two Morris free throws in the waning seconds made it a 23-18 contest, entering the final eight minutes of play.

Kenesha McFall knocked home a rebound for the Tigerettes to begin the fourth quarter and Morris followed with a steal and score, building their lead to 27-18.

Summit threat

Summit scored the next five points before Alexis Ford took a pretty pass from Morris and scored in the low post, giving MCHS a 29-23 lead.

Forrest would bring the Lady Spartans back once again, tallying five points in a row and with 1:16 remaining in the contest, Dria Grandy scored, giving Summit their first lead since early in the first quarter.

Marshall County called timeout, but turned the ball over out of the stoppage and then got a break when Summit could not convert a one-and-one opportunity from the free throw line.

The Tigerettes could not score, but some tough defense forced a Summit turnover and with 10.6 seconds remaining in the game, Morris drilled the go-ahead 3-bomb deep on the right side, making it 32-30.

Christi Pettigrew (33) comes up with a steal and score for the Tigerettes, who beat Summit 32-30 Friday night in Lewisburg.

Staying ahead

A late foul gave the Lady Spartans a chance to tie with seven ticks left, but they would miss the front end of a one-and-one and MCHS grabbed the rebound and ran out the clock, putting the cap on the thriller.

Morris led all scorers in the contest with 15 points, while Ford ended up with five, Solomon, Hutton, and Pettigrew netted three points apiece, and McFall added a deuce.

Forrest led the Lady Spartans in the scoring column with 13 points, Amber Bandish had six points, Grandy added five, Zacharyia Esmon had four, and Penning finished with two points.

Marshall County will be back in action on Friday when they host the Shelbyville Eaglettes with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.