Tigerettes grind out win vs. Page
The Marshall County Tigerettes won another defensive struggle with Page (3-16, 0-6 District) on Tuesday night when they defeated the Lady Patriots 34-28 in Franklin to complete the sweep of the season series.
Having beaten Page 35-31 in their previous encounter on Jan. 9, the Tigerettes (6-15, 2-5 District) held a 26-20 lead late in the third quarter before staving off a late rally by the Lady Patriots that saw them cut the deficit to two points late in the fourth quarter en route to claiming their third straight victory over their longtime rival.
Keys to winning
Marshall County shot just 23 percent (9-of-40) from the field overall and missed all six three-point attempts, but outscored Page 16-8 at the foul line while attempting 18 more free throws (33-15) than the Lady Patriots. The Tigerettes also committed only 13 turnovers, outrebounded Page 38-28 overall, and held a 16-14 edge on the offensive glass.
"Outrebounding them was the major key to winning this game. We didn't shoot a great percentage from the field, but we hustled on defense and won the battle on the boards," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry.
Junior point guard Kiya Morris and freshman forward Sydne Solomon carried much of the offensive load for the Tigerettes. Morris scored a team high 12 points, while Solomon tallied 11 points and a game high 14 rebounds.
"Sydne had a great performance tonight. She had a double-double and is really coming on," said Henry.
Christy Pettigrew notched five points for Marshall County as well, while Alexis Ford and Leah Hollingsworth chipped in four and two points respectively.
Hindered by a 2-of-28 effort from beyond the arc, Page also mustered just nine field goals on 20 percent shooting while committing 17 turnovers.
Reserve forward Lauren Wilker was the Lady Patriots' biggest bright spot and poured in a game high 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds. Peyton Clark followed Wilker with six points, while Carly Rains and Regan Grady added three points apiece. Delany Porter and Allison Pack rounded out the scoring for Page with two and one point respectively.
The Lady Patriots had trouble taking the lid off their basket at the start of the game, as the Tigerettes built a 10-4 lead early in the second quarter with the help of three points from Ford and a pair of baskets from Pettigrew and Morris.
Page tallied five of the next six points to narrow the gap to 11-9, but the Tigerettes outscored the Lady Patriots 5-1 over the final 3:57 of the first half thanks to three points from Morris and a short jumper from Solomon to take a 16-10 advantage at the break.
After Page opened the second half with an 8-3 run to whittle the deficit to 19-18, Marshall County notched seven of the next nine points thanks to three free throws and a pair of jumpers from Morris to stretch their lead to 26-22 late in the third quarter.
The Lady Patriots used a 6-2 spurt to close the gap to 28-26 late in the fourth period, but Morris scored on a layup a few moments later before Solomon hit one-of-two free throws to give the Tigerettes a 31-26 advantage with :46 left.
Following two free throws from Porter, which trimmed the deficit to 31-28, Morris and Solomon combined to hit 3-of-4 foul shots in the final :14 of the contest to sew up Marshall County's 34-28 win.