Shelbyville shuts down Tigerettes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Marshall County's (55) Kemesha McFall fires up a jumper over Shelbyville's (32) Kyleigh Hardy in the third quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Points proved to be a scarce commodity for the Marshall County Tigerettes (2-7) on Friday night, as they mustered just one field goal over the final three quarters en route to suffering a 57-14 loss at home to the Shelbyville Golden Eaglettes.

After drubbing MCHS 80-35 in their previous meeting on Nov. 17, Shelbyville (5-5) once again ran roughshod over the Tigerettes and built a 32-13 lead in the first half before outscoring Marshall County 25-1 over the final two quarters to complete the sweep of the season series.

Off target

Hindered by a 0-of-24 shooting performance in the second half, the Tigerettes shot just nine percent (4-of-45) from the field overall, which included an 0-of-12 effort from beyond the arc. MCHS also made only 6-of-12 free throws and committed 16 turnovers.

Junior guard Kiya Morris paced Marshall County with six points and Sydne Solomon added three points. Alexis Ford and Taianda Hutton chipped in two points apiece for MCHS as well with Ford grabbing a game high nine rebounds, while Alli Hobbs had one point.

The Eaglettes, conversely, racked up 21 field goals on 44 percent shooting, knocked down 4-of-11 three-pointers, and hit 6-of-12 free throws. Shelbyville also committed just nine turnovers, recorded 14 assists as a team, and outrebounded the Tigerettes 35-23.

Point guard Romny Felts led a balanced offensive attack that saw nine different Eaglette players score by tallying a game high 11 points. Jennifer Martin and Jenna Holt followed Felts with nine points apiece, while TeAnna Edmonson and To'Nesha Allison added eight and six points respectively. Olivia Calvert and Kyleigh Hardy each notched four points for Shelbyville as well, and Sarah Beth Martin and Emma Hayes both had three points.

Total control

The Eaglettes took control of the game right from the start and flew out to an 11-2 lead midway through the first quarter with the help of five points from Felts and four points from Jennifer Martin.

Marshall County trimmed the deficit to 12-6 on a Morris pull up jumper and two Ford free throws, before Calvert drilled a trey from the left wing to give Shelbyville a 15-6 advantage late in the first quarter.

Marshall County's (15) Sydne Solomon drives around Shelbyville's (24) Romny Felts in the third quarter.

Morris and Solomon sandwiched two free throws and a short bank shot around a Hardy layup to narrow the gap to 17-10 at the end of the first quarter, but Shelbyville opened the second period with a 13-0 run to stretch their lead to 30-10 with 2:07 left in the stanza.

After the Tigerettes tallied the next three points on a Morris jumper and a foul shot by Solomon, Hardy scored on a layup in the waning seconds of the half to stake the Eaglettes to a 32-13 advantage at the break.

Roaring ahead

Shelbyville then turned the game into a rout in the third quarter and outscored MCHS 15-0 in the stanza on the strength of a Sarah Beth Martin three and four points apiece from Felts and Allison to forge a 47-13 advantage.

In the fourth, the Eaglettes notched the first 10 points of the period, highlighted by a Haynes trey and a three-point play by Jennifer Martin, to stretch their lead to 57-13 before Hobbs hit one-of-two-free throws in the closing seconds of the contest for the 57-14 final.