Tigerettes fall hard to 2nd-ranked CPA

Friday, January 23, 2015
Marshall County's Kiya Morris (12) was the focal point of CPA's defense, holding the Tigerette standout to five points in Tuesday night's 78-33 loss. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

It was not a competitive game for very long at Christ Presbyterian Academy Tuesday night as the Marshall County Tigerettes fell 78-33 to the No. 2 ranked Lady Lions.

"It was really tough, I think we are just going through a tough time right now, we had a lot of people quit and are not with us right now, so we are a little sluggish and a little slow, but we just have to build and play hard," said Marshall County senior Kiya Morris.

Two extremes

Marshall County (5-14, 1-4) has now lost four out of its last five District 12-AA contests, while CPA continues to roll, remaining undefeated on the season at (17-0, 5-0).

Top-ranked Elizabethton (20-0) is the only other unbeaten team in Class AA.

CPA's Savannah LeGate poured in a game-high 29 points for the Lady Lions, who controlled the low post and the three-point line in the contest.

"She is a really good player, but we have to find a way to get on the glass and keep her from scoring," said Morris.

LeGate scored to open the game before Tigerette freshman Leah Hollingsworth nailed a 3-pointer, giving MCHS its only lead on the night.

Kenedi Hambrick matched the 3-pointer for CPA and Sydne Solomon scored for MCHS to make it an 8-5 game.

Lady Lion run

After a Legate rebound and put-back, Tianda Hutton swished a pull-up jumper for the Tigerettes before the Lady Lions took control, reeling off 10 straight points.

Hambrick nailed the second of her four first-quarter 3-pointers during the run and Avery Zapp added another long distance shot for CPA, who ballooned its lead to 20-7, forcing a Marshall County timeout with 2:50 remaining in the first period.

"We have to learn to get back on 'D' and not let them to beat you down the floor, you gotta learn from this and you can't just hang your head, you have to learn," said Morris.

Hutton came back to drill a 3-pointer out of the stoppage, but that would be the last time MCHS would score in the first quarter.

Freshman Sydne Solomon (15) scores two of her team-high 10 points at CPA.

The Lady Lions finished the period with a 14-0 run, extending its lead to 34-10.

Total control

The second period signaled the end of the game for the Tigerettes as CPA went on to lead 59-16 by the half.

Late in the third quarter, the Lady Lions held a 50-point lead on Marshall County and the game went to the TSSAA 35-point mercy rule in the fourth quarter.

The Tigerettes will try to rebound from the big loss when they host Giles County (13-5, 5-1) tomorrow night at the Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

Solomon led the Tigerettes in the scoring column with 10 points, while Hutton ended up with seven, Morris finished with five points, Alexis Ford and Christi Pettigrew tallied four points apiece, and Hollingsworth had the one 3-pointer.

"It's back to drawing board," said Morris "We have to play hard and play the whole game."

Chelsea Burt had 20 points for CPA and Hambrick was also in double figures with 12.