Tigers punish Page

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Marshall County's (24) Darius McKenzie scores on a layup in the third quarter against Page. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigers got some payback against District rival Page on Friday night when they defeated the Patriots 56-42 on Homecoming to record their fourth straight win.

After knocking MCHS out of the District 12-AA tournament in the first round last year with a 92-86 upset victory in double overtime, Page gave Marshall County all they could handle early on in Friday's contest and trailed just 23-22 at the end of the first half.

Depth pays off

The Tigers' superior depth, though, began to pay dividends in the second half, as they used a 27-8 run to forge a 50-30 advantage early in the fourth period before coasting to the 14-point victory.

Aided by a 14-of-26 shooting performance over the final two quarters, Marshall County (11-6, 2-0 District) shot 48 percent from the field overall despite hitting only 3-of-13 three-point attempts.

"When we got the ball into the middle good things happened. We were attacking in the second half and sharing the ball," said MCHS coach Arnett Bodenhamer. "I'd hate to see us play a fourth quarter game because it would be pretty scary."

The Tigers did commit an uncharacteristically high 17 turnovers, but offset that by outrebounding the Patriots 34-21, which included an 11-5 edge on the offensive glass.

Top shooters

Shooting guard Malek Sain led Marshall County with 11 points and four assists, while center Quavion Harris added 10 points and six rebounds in his first start of the season.

"Quavion works hard and gave us a good effort tonight. It was good to see him play well and have that hard work pay off," said Bodenhamer.

Marshall County's (15) Chris Walker hits a runner over a pair of Page defenders in the fourth quarter.

Chris Walker notched eight points as well, while D'Andre Brown and Kacy Pleas tallied six points apiece. Trey Crutcher also chipped in five points, and Darius McKenzie and Donathan Tears both had four points. Zach Johnson rounded out the scoring for MCHS with two points.

The Patriots (7-10, 0-1 District), conversely, finished with only 16 field goals on 36 percent shooting, which included a 2-of-16 effort from beyond the arc, while committing 16 turnovers.

Guard Dylan White was Page's main offensive catalyst and poured in a game high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Christian Denton followed White with seven points while Garrett White added five points.

The Patriots inched out to an early 6-4 lead before the Tigers put together a 12-4 run behind four points apiece from Harris and Walker to seize a 16-10 advantage late in the first quarter.

Tigers take control

Page then rattled off nine straight points to pull ahead 19-16 early in the second period, but Marshall County quickly counterpunched and tallied seven of the next eight points with the help of a Sain trey and a pair of baskets from Johnson and Brown to take a 23-20 lead.

After White scored on a layup to narrow the gap to 23-22 at halftime, the Tigers began to assert themselves in the third quarter and outscored the Patriots 14-5 through the first six minutes of the stanza behind eight points from Sain and four points from Harris to stretch their lead to 37-27.

Page trimmed the deficit to 37-29 late in the third quarter on a layup by Lucas Kramer, but Marshall County delivered the knockout blow by engineering a 13-1 run with the help of four points apiece from McKenzie and Walker to open up a 50-30 advantage with 5:55 left in the fourth period.

The Patriots then outscored MCHS 12-6 the rest of the way for the 56-42 final.