Tigers place 3rd in Overton tourney
Following their impressive first round victory over Franklin, the Marshall County Tigers (8-6) fell into the loser's bracket of the Overton Christmas Tournament when they were defeated 67-48 by the Lighthouse Christian Lions last Monday before bouncing back with a 59-57 win over the Independence Eagles on Tuesday to earn third place in the tourney.
"I was pleased with the way we played overall, but I want us to have the mindset that we shouldn't lose another game. I wanted to go 3-0 in the tournament, but I'll take 2-1," said MCHS coach Arnett Bodenhamer.
Boasting a gaudy 12-1 record coming into Monday's contest, Lighthouse Christian lit up the scoreboard early on in Monday's contest and raced out to a 24-14 lead in the first quarter.
After stretching their lead to 36-22 in the second period, the Lions still held a 47-33 advantage at the end of the third quarter before outscoring the Tigers 20-15 in the final stanza to cap their 19-point victory.
Senior guard Tripp Davis led a balanced Lighthouse Christian scoring attack that saw four different players break double digits by pouring in a game high 18 points. Braxton Nappier followed Davis with 15 points, while Chase Nappier and De'Sean Douthard tallied 14 and 11 points respectively.
Shooting guard D'Andre Brown paced the Tigers with 13 points and Malek Sain added 11 points. Caleb Fields also notched 10 points, while Jay Howard and Darius McKenzie chipped in six and three points respectively. Kacy Pleas and Quavion Harris tallied two points apiece as well for Marshall County and Montrell Harris had one point.
In Tuesday's contest, Independence (10-10) inched out to a 17-16 lead in the first quarter before taking a 29-28 advantage into halftime.
The Eagles then outscored MCHS 16-13 in the third period to open up a 45-41 advantage, but Marshall County overtook Independence in the fourth quarter and put together an 18-12 run behind 12 points from Sain and a pair of threes from Pleas and Keevon Maxwell to pull out the two-point victory.
Thanks to their triumph over the Eagles, the Tigers have now beaten six different Class AAA opponents this season.
Sain led Marshall County with 18 points and Fields followed with 12 points. McKenzie also tallied eight points, while Pleas and Maxwell added six points apiece. Brown chipped in five points for the Tigers as well, and Howard and Chris Walker both had two points.
Grayson Murphy paced Independence with a game high 19 points. Corbin Daughrity also notched 11 points, while Pierre Watkins and Austin Osborn tallied eight points apiece. Greg Miller added six points for the Eagles as well and Joe Holdheide had five points.