Tigerettes hold off Page to claim 1st district victory

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Marshall County's (12) Kiya Morris shoots a layup over Page's (1) Peyton Clark in the first quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Despite struggling to find their shooting stroke the entire night, the Marshall County Tigerettes picked up their first District win of the season on Friday when they defeated the Page Lady Patriots 35-31 on Homecoming.

After the two teams battled to a 17-17 tie in the first half, the Tigerettes (5-11, 1-1 District) used a 13-7 run to seize a 30-23 lead early in the fourth quarter before staving off a late Page rally attempt to hang on for the four-point victory.

The 2015 Marshall County High School Basketball Homecoming Court. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Ethan Stacey, Patrick Kennedy, Chandler Harmon, Connor Bush, Lane Whitesell, D'Mykel Holman, Brooks Leftwich, Hunter Hobby, (back row, left to right) Jacey Perryman, Tiffany Stanford, Katherine Cruz, MCHS Homecoming Queen Kemesha McFall, Tori Boshers, Yazmin Allen, Monica Lee, and Ashton Watkins. Photo by Vaughn's Photography

How they won

Marshall County shot a woeful 14 percent (8-of-59) from the field and hit only 2-of-18 three-point attempts, but was able to get to the foul line and knocked down 17-of-29 free throws. The Tigerettes also committed only 11 turnovers, outrebounded the Lady Patriots 44-35, and held a 20-11 edge on the offensive glass.

Point guard Kiya Morris made 13-of-21 free throws and led MCHS with a game high 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven steals. Center Alexis Ford turned in a determined effort in the paint and tallied eight points, 20 rebounds, and two blocked shots, while Leah Hollingsworth added six points. Christy Pettigrew and Kemesha McFall chipped in two points apiece for the Tigerettes as well.

Early deficit

The Lady Patriots had an equally tough time finding the bottom of the net, as they committed 17 turnovers and mustered only 11 field goals on 23 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-18 effort from beyond the arc. Page also attempted just 11 free throws, hitting six.

Center Allison Pack paced the Lady Patriots with 10 points and six blocked shots. Carly Rains followed Pack with seven points, while McKinsey Marlin and Peyton Clark notched five and three points respectively. Lauren Wilker, Delaney Porter, and Mackenzie Lane rounded out the scoring for Page (3-11, 0-1 District) with two points each.

The Lady Patriots jumped out to an 8-4 lead late in the first quarter with the help of treys from Clark and Marlin before Morris tallied the final three points of the stanza on a free throw and a layup to cut the deficit to 8-7.

Marshall County's (31) Alexis Ford battles Page's (32) Allison Pack and (11) McKinsey Marlin for a loose ball in the second half.

Lane hit a pull up jumper early in second period to give Page a 10-7 advantage, but the Tigerettes put together a 7-3 run on the strength of two offensive put backs by Ford and three Morris free throws to pull ahead 14-13 with 3:01 left in the half.

After Pack sandwiched a layup and two free throws around a Morris foul shot to stake the Lady Patriots to a 17-15 lead, Ford scored on an offensive put back in the closing seconds of the half to tie the game at 17-17.

The Tigerettes began to take control of the game in the third quarter and outscored Page 8-4 in the stanza thanks to four free throws and a pair of baskets from Morris and McFall to seize a 25-21 advantage.

Close call

Following a layup by Pack, which narrowed the gap to 25-23 early in the fourth period, Morris made two free throws before Hollingsworth drained a three from the right wing to stretch Marshall County's lead to 30-23.

Page went on an 8-2 run to slice the deficit to 32-31 with 2:10 left, but the Tigerettes held the Lady Patriots scoreless on their final four possessions while Morris hit three-of-six free throws to help clinch MCHS' 35-31 win.