Cascade wears out Tigerettes
In the end, it was a depth issue and Cascade's superior play in the low post that spoiled one of best efforts of the season by the Marshall County Tigerettes, who faded late in a 56-40 loss Friday night in Wartrace.
"We ran out of gas and ran out of bench, we just don't have the depth," said MCHS head coach Jerrie Henry. "I was really proud of the girls the way they did play, it's just hard when they have twelve running in and out and you only have seven."
The Tigerettes were inspired from the outset, leading 16-15 after the first quarter thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by freshman Leah Hollingsworth and six points in the low post by junior Alexis Ford.
Hollingsworth drilled two more long bombs to begin period No. 2 as MCHS built a 24-17 lead before Cascade made a comeback, firing off an 11-3 barrage to take a 28-27 halftime lead with the exclamation point being marked on a long 3-pointer by Sara Edmondson with just over 30 seconds to play.
Both squads traded baskets to begin the second half before Maya Gaston went to work in the low post for the Lady Champions, scoring six out of Cascade's 10 points in the third period, while the Tigerettes only managed six points, falling behind 38-33, entering the fourth quarter.
Ford would pick up her fifth foul 14 seconds into the fourth period, further hurting the Tigerettes' depth issue for the remainder of the game in the post position and Cascade took full advantage, pounding the ball in deep, time after time.
With Alexis Ford fouling out early and not being able to score for us inside and to also hold their post player hurt," said Henry. "We just didn't have the height to compete with them."
Gaston would end with a game-high 18 points as the Lady Champions marched to the 16-point victory.
Heath chipped in with eight points for Cascade, while Delaney Vaught, Julie Jones, Shaina Schneider, and Edmondson all had seven points apiece, and Summer Carter added two points.
Hollingsworth led the Tigerettes in the scoring column with 14 points, Kiya Morris was also in double figures with 10, Sydney Solomon added eight, Ford finished with six, and Tianda Hutton and Kemesha McFall tallied one point apiece.
The Tigerettes (5-13, 1-3) will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Nashville to take on No. 2 ranked and unbeaten CPA (16-0, 4-0) with tip-off slated for 6 p.m.
"I thought we hung in there really well, so I am proud of the girls for what they accomplished tonight," said Henry. "And it gives the girls an incentive also to know that with what we have, and to stay in the ballgame as well as we did, it gives them the incentive that they can compete with anyone."