Shots aren't on target for Tigerettes

Friday, January 9, 2015
Kenesha McFall (55) knocks down a second half jumper for MCHS, who fell 48-23 to Giles County Tuesday night in Lewisburg. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes turned in their second lowest offensive output of the season Tuesday night in Lewisburg, falling 48-23 to Giles County in their District 12 AA opener.

The Tigerettes (3-11, 0-1) are now 2-8 in their last 10 games and their three wins have come against teams with a combined 8-35 record.

Long wait

The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 9-0 lead at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium, capped off by a three-point play in the paint by Keneisha Love.

MCHS finally got on the board on one free throw by Kiya Morris with 2:31 remaining in the first quarter.

Kayleigh Bedenfield, Taylor McNairy, and Erin Freeman all scored for Giles County before the first period ended with the Lady Bobcats holding a 16-1 lead.

Adison Gowan scored for Giles County early in the second period before Tianda Hutton and McNairy traded free throws, making it 18-2.

With 2:22 remaining in the first half, Christy Pettigrew knocked down the first field goal in the game for Lewisburg, but a bucket by Gowan, followed by a 3-pointer by Mary Kaitlin Bruce extended the Giles County lead to 23-4.

Tianda Hutton (32) drives the baseline in the second half for Marshall County.

Hutton came back with a rebound and put-back for MCHS and the first half ended on a driving basket to the dish by McNairy.

No backing down

The Lady Bobcats did not let up, going on a 9-1 run to begin the second half, capped off by a Gowan trey that ballooned the Giles County lead to 34-7.

Back-to-back baskets by Sydney Solomon and Kenesha McFall stopped the run, but the Tigerettes remained in a huge 38-13 hole, entering the final eight minutes of play.

Marshall County would still trail by a 24-point margin at 41-17 when a ray of offensive hope appeared on a back-to-back 3-pointers by Leah Hollingsworth and McFall but it was to no avail as the Tigerettes went on to lose by the 25-point margin.

McFall had six points to lead the Tigerettes in the scoring column, while Solomon had five, Morris ended up with four points, Hollingsworth and Hutton had three points apiece, and Pettigrew finished with a deuce.

Gowan led all scorers in the game with 12 points, McNairy was also in double figures with 10, Love added eight, Bruce and Freeman netted a half dozen apiece, and Daly Ombreyah, Crystal Pierce, and Bedenfield all managed two points for the Lady Bobcats.

The Tigerettes will be back in action Friday night when they host Page in the second game of a span of 10 consecutive district contests.