Giles County pulls away from Tigerettes
Despite a hot shooting night from junior point guard Kiya Morris, the Marshall County Tigerettes (5-15, 1-5 District) lost to Giles County for the fourth straight time on Friday when they dropped a 61-47 decision to the Lady Bobcats in Pulaski.
Giles County (14-5, 6-1 District) had whipped MCHS 48-23 in their previous encounter on Jan. 6, but the Tigerettes turned in a more determined effort in Friday's contest and trailed just 28-27 early in the third quarter.
The Lady Bobcats, though, dashed Marshall County's upset hopes by outscoring MCHS 30-14 over the next 12 minutes to open up a 58-41 advantage before claiming the 14-point victory.
Bolstered by a 7-of-9 performance from three-point range, the Tigerettes shot a respectable 46 percent (16-of-35) from the field, but were hamstrung by 19 turnovers.
Morris kept Marshall County within striking distance for much of the contest, as she hit 6-of-7 three-point attempts and 9-of-17 shots overall en route to pouring in a career high 28 points.
"Kiya really brought her A-game tonight. She had been out the last two days with flu like symptoms so for her to come out and play this well shows her heart and character," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry.
Sydne Solomon followed Morris with eight points, while Leah Hollingsworth added five points. Taianda Hutton, Christy Pettigrew, and Kemesha McFall chipped in two points apiece for the Tigerettes as well.
Although they hit only 3-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc, the Lady Bobcats still finished with 22 field goals on 48 percent shooting, which included a 5-of-6 effort in the fourth quarter. Giles County also committed just 10 turnovers, outrebounded Marshall County 24-13, and held a 13-4 edge on the offensive boards.
Sophomore guard Erin Freeman turned in a strong performance on both ends of the court and paced the Lady Bobcats with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and three steals. Keneisha Love also tallied 10 points for Giles County, while Adison Gowan and Taylor McNairy added nine and six points respectively.
The Lady Bobcats appeared they might run MCHS out of the gym early on after building a 17-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Tigerettes opened the second period with an 11-0 run behind five points from Morris and a pair of baskets from Hutton and Pettigrew to seize a 19-17 advantage.
Giles County tallied seven of the next nine points to grab a 26-21 lead before Morris drained a trey in the waning moments of the half to cut the deficit to 26-24 at the break.
Within a point
In the third quarter, Kaleigh Bedingfield scored on an offensive put back to give the Lady Bobcats a 28-24 lead, but Hollingsworth buried a three on Marshall County's ensuing possession to narrow the gap to 28-27.
Giles County began to assert themselves after that point and put together a 12-2 spurt to forge a 40-29 advantage.
After Morris canned a trey to whittle the deficit to 40-32 late in the third period, the Lady Bobcats outscored MCHS 10-2 over the next five minutes to stretch their lead to 50-34 midway through the fourth quarter.
Morris knocked down another three and scored on a layup to close the gap to 50-39, but Giles County responded with an 8-2 spurt to open up a 58-41 advantage with 1:23 left before coasting to their third straight win.