Tigerettes beaten on the boards

Friday, February 6, 2015
Kiya Morris (12) drives to the hoop versus the Lady Champions. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes lost the battle in the low post versus Cascade Tuesday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium.

Cascade's three tree trio of Shania Schneider (23 pts.), Maya Gaston (13), and Summer Carter (6) combined for four more points in the paint than the Tigerettes totaled all game in the 57-38 loss.

Taller foes

"When you don't have the size and they have three girls that are close to six footers down underneath, it does hurt," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry.

"I think the one thing that we didn't take advantage of is our quickness, we have it and didn't use it."

The Lady Champions took a 7-0 lead, all on free throws to start the game before Kiya Morris hit a 3-pointer with 4:06 remaining in the first quarter.

"Two of our players got into foul trouble, Kiya Morris and Alexis Ford and it especially hurt us when Ford, our post player got in trouble," said Henry.

A Schneider bucket in the paint was followed by back-to-back Morris baskets, making it a two-point game at 9-7, but the Lady Champs scored five straight to end the first quarter with a 14-7 lead.

Sudden chill

Marshall County's shooting went ice cold and they did not make a field goal until a Morris basket with three minutes left in the second quarter, while the Lady Champs poured it on to lead 31-16 at the half.

Late in the third quarter, Cascade led 42-25 when the Tigerettes made a run behind six points by freshman Leah Hollingsworth, slicing the deficit to 11 points.

Sydne Solomon (15) finishes off a steal and score, muscling her way to the basket.

An ensuing Cascade turnover gave MCHS a chance to get within single digits, but they could not convert and the Lady Champions ended the third quarter with a 44-31 lead.

"We had a burst there and cut the lead down, but we just could not contain them," said Henry.

Cascade owned the fourth quarter, beginning the stanza with a 6-0 run that gave them a big 50-31 lead and put the game out of reach for Lewisburg.

Tourney nears

The Tigerettes (2-7, 6-16) finish off the regular season tonight versus undefeated CPA (22-0, 9-0) and will be the fifth seed and on the road in the upcoming District 12-AA Tournament.

"I'm hoping we go into the tournament with a renewed faith in ourselves because we have played your Giles County and your Spring Hill and we had phenomenal games between the both of them," said Henry.

"It's just us going in and playing up to the level we have played them before, we gotta have a win."

Cascade 14 17 13 13--57

MCHS 7 9 15 7--38

MCHS: Kiya Morris 13, Leah Hollingsworth 8, Sydne Solomon 6, Alexis Ford 6, Tianda Hutton 3, Christy Pettigrew 2.

Cascade: Shania Schneider 23, Maya Gaston 13, Sarah Edmondson 9, Summer Carter 6, Delaney Vaught 3, Julie Jones 3.

3-Point goals: MCHS (3): Morris, Hollingsworth, Hutton; Cascade (2): Edmondson 2.

Halftime score: Cascade 31, MCHS 16.