Lady Raiders roll past Tigerettes
Spring Hill recorded their fourth straight victory over the Marshall County Tigerettes (5-12, 1-2 District) on Tuesday night when they defeated MCHS 67-46 in Lewisburg.
The Lady Raiders (5-9, 1-1 District) dominated the first two quarters of play and built a commanding 37-14 lead in the first half before coasting to the 21-point win.
Led by forward Bre Nixon, Spring Hill overpowered the Tigerettes in the paint and racked up 30 field goals on 40 percent shooting despite hitting just 3-of-15 attempts from three-point range. The Lady Raiders also outrebounded Marshall County 40-36, held a 21-19 edge on the offensive glass, and committed only 10 turnovers.
Nixon recorded a double-double and spearheaded Spring Hill's offensive attack by pouring in a game high 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds and four steals. Leisa Butler followed Nixon with 15 points, while Mikayla Martin, Asiah Oden, and Gracyn Martin tallied six points apiece.
Although they knocked down 8-of-23 three-point attempts, the Tigerettes shot just 29 percent (17-of-58) from the field overall and committed 21 turnovers.
From the bench
Reserve forward Christy Pettigrew gave Marshall County a spark off the bench, as she hit 4-of-6 shots, including three treys, en route to scoring a season high 15 points. Freshman guard Leah Hollingsworth tallied 12 points on four threes as well, while Taianda Hutton and Kiya Morris added seven and six points respectively. Sydne Solomon also chipped in four points for the Tigerettes and Alli Hobbs had two points.
"We've been in a drought with our three-point shooting, but we had three girls that hit some outside shots for us tonight," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry. "I was encouraged with how we played in the second half. The group that was in there continued to play hard and hustle even though we were down."
The Lady Raiders took command of the game early and jumped out to a 13-5 lead late in the first quarter.
Morris knocked down a turnaround jumper in the waning seconds of the first period to narrow the gap to 13-7 before Spring Hill opened the second quarter with a 6-2 spurt to stretch their lead to 19-9.
The Tigerettes cut the deficit to 21-14 midway through the second period thanks to a Hutton trey and a jumper by Solomon, but the Lady Raiders blew the game open by closing the half with a 16-0 run to forge a 37-14 advantage at the break.
After Hutton hit a jumper at the start of the third quarter to make it 37-16, Spring Hill responded with an 11-3 spurt to open up a 48-19 cushion with 3:42 left in the stanza.
Marshall County put together an 11-4 run on the strength of six points from Pettigrew and a Hollingsworth three to close the gap to 52-30 early in the fourth period, before the Lady Raiders notched nine of the next 14 points to stretch their lead to 61-35.
The Tigerettes then outscored Spring Hill 11-6 the rest of the way with the help of a two treys from Pettigrew and Hollingsworth three for the 67-46 final.