CPA thrashes Tigerettes, finishes undefeated
Christ Presbyterian Academy (23-0, 10-0 District) completed an undefeated run through the regular season by thrashing the Marshall County Tigerettes 82-42 in Lewisburg on Friday night.
The Lady Lions looked primed to make a deep postseason run, as they raced out to a 39-19 lead in the first half before outscoring Marshall County 43-23 over the final two quarters to claim its third straight victory over the Tigerettes (6-18, 2-8 District).
CPA carved up Marshall County's 2-3 zone and racked up 37 field goals on 46 percent shooting, which included a 6-of-25 effort from beyond the arc, while committing only 12 turnovers and recording 23 assists. The Lady Lions also outrebounded the Tigerettes 46-26 and held a commanding 24-8 advantage on the offensive glass.
Shooting guard Kenedi Hambrick led three CPA players in double figures with 17 points. Caitlin Nichols followed Hambrick with 16 points, while Adela Franco tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds. Carley Sidberry and Isabella Franco notched eight and seven points for the Lady Lions as well.
The Tigerettes, conversely, shot just 30 percent (14-of-46) from the field, made only 2-of-6 three-point attempts, and committed 19 turnovers.
Giving it up
"Turnovers were the main thing that hurt us. When you make turnovers against a team like CPA they're going to convert on them," said Marshall County coach Jerrie Henry. "Not having any reserves also hurt us too because we have to keep the same people out there the whole time."
Point guard Kiya Morris carried much of the offensive load for the Tigerettes, as she hit 6-of-13 shots and all 10 free throws to finish with a game high 23 points.
Taianda Hutton also added five points, while Alexis Ford, Leah Hollingsworth, and Sydne Solomon chipped in four points apiece with Ford notching nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Kemesha McFall rounded out the scoring for MCHS with two points.
The Lady Lions hit the Tigerettes with an early haymaker and roared out to a 15-2 lead midway first quarter.
CPA on roll
Marshall County cut the deficit to 17-6 thanks to a McFall layup and a jumper by Morris, but CPA quickly counterpunched and ripped off 15 straight points to open up a 32-6 advantage early in the second period.
The Tigerettes outscored the Lady Lions 13-4 over the next five minutes behind six points from Morris, a Hutton three, and two baskets from Ford to narrow the gap to 36-19 before Hambrick buried a trey in the waning moments of the half to stake CPA to a 39-19 lead at the break.
Marshall County then tallied six of the first 10 points in the second half thanks to field goals from Solomon, Morris, and Hutton to trim the deficit to 43-25, but the Lady Lions responded with a 16-4 spurt to forge a 59-29 advantage with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
After MCHS closed the gap to 61-33 late in the third period on a Solomon jumper and two free throws by Hollingsworth, CPA outscored the Tigerettes 21-9 the rest of the way to cap the 82-42 triumph.
Marshall County 6 13 14 9 = 42
CPA 25 14 25 18 = 82
Marshall County: Kiya Morris 23, Taianda Hutton 5, Leah Hollingsworth 4, Sydne Solomon 4, Alexis Ford 4, Kemesha McFall 2.
CPA: Kenedi Hambrick 17, Caitlin Nichols 16, Adela Franco 14, Carley Sidberry 8, Isabella Franco 7, Savannah LeGate 6, Addie Russell Omer 6, Chelsea Burt 4, Avery Zapp 4.
Three-point field goals: Marshall County (2): Morris 1, Hutton 1; CPA (6): Hambrick 3, Nichols 2, Isabella Franco 1.
Halftime score: CPA 39, Marshall County 19.