Tigerettes 5th in tournament
After losing to Franklin 50-43 in the opening round of the Overton Christmas Tournament, the Marshall County Tigerettes (4-9) salvaged a fifth place finish in the tourney by defeating the Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights 43-29 last Monday before beating the Hillsboro Lady Burros 36-31 on Tuesday.
"I was proud of them. After the Franklin game, we corrected some things and the girls played hard the next two games," said Marshall County coach Jerrie Henry. "I think these two wins will give the girls some encouragement and help their confidence going into the second half of the season."
Hume-Fogg (0-8) held a 10-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter in Monday's contest, but the Tigerettes put together a 13-8 run in the second period on the strength of eight points from Kiya Morris and five points from Leah Hollingsworth to take a 19-18 advantage into halftime.
In the third quarter, Marshall County outscored the Lady Knights 10-6 with the help of four points apiece from Morris and Sydne Solomon to stretch their lead to 29-24
MCHS then pulled away down the stretch by engineering a 14-5 run in the fourth period behind a Hollingsworth three-pointer and four points apiece from Morris and Taianda Hutton to close out their 14-point victory.
Morris spearheaded the Tigerettes' offensive attack by pouring in a game high 20 points. Hollingsworth also tallied eight points, while Hutton and Solomon each added six points. Kemesha McFall rounded out the scoring for Marshall County with three points.
Nya Osmukes paced Hume-Fogg with 11 points, while Parker Smitherman notched six points. Anaya McClain tallied four points as well and Andi Clayton added three points. Deondria Jackson and Jessica Owens also chipped in two points apiece for the Lady Knights, while Meg Smith had one point.
On Tuesday, the Tigerettes inched out to a 10-7 lead in the first quarter with the help of eight points from Morris before outscoring Hillsboro 12-9 in the second period behind two treys from Morris and a Hollingsworth three to open up a 22-16 advantage.
The Lady Burros (2-10) trimmed the deficit to 30-25 at the end of the third quarter, but Marshall County played Hillsboro even in the fourth period to hang on for the five-point win.
Morris turned in her second straight strong performance and led the Tigerttes with 18. Hollingsworth followed Morris with six points, while Solomon and Hutton both added four points. McFall and Alexis Ford chipped in two points apiece for Marshall County as well.
Ta'Niya Hill paced the Lady Burros with nine points, while Dorie Harrison tallied eight points. Devon Burns, Janet Pate, Ariel Garrison, and Ruth Jean Juneau also notched five, four, three, and two points respectively for Hillsboro.