Tigerettes open with loss to Lewis County
Marshall County traveled to Hohenwald on Thursday night to take on Lewis County to open the season in a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Hall of Champions basketball game.
The Tigerettes started out strong but faded in the final quarter to start the 2015-16 season out with a 61-51 loss.
"Towards the end we ran out of steam," MCHS coach Jerrie Henry said. "They had three shooters that were on tonight, we didn't stay on them and they got the win."
The Tigers (0-1) played neck to neck with the Panthers behind a strong start from Kiya Morris' nine points and Leah Hollingsworth's five points in the first quarter. Lewis County's Lauren Graves hit three first quarter three-pointers to give the Panthers the slight edge going into the second.
The Panthers outscored the Tigerettes by just one point in the second quarter as Hollingsworth hit her second three-pointer in the game and Morris chipped in six more points, but Mattie King scored eight second quarter points for the home team to take a 36-32 lead at the half.
Morris (7 points) and Sydney Solomon (4) carried the Tigerettes into the third quarter but Marshall County missed out on several opportunities to close on the Panther lead and found themselves down by four points, heading into the final quarter.
"We came out really good and stayed with them, then after halftime we let it get away from us," Morris said. "We need to get into shape, we didn't execute what we were trying to do which is our fault."
Leah Hollingsworth seemed to agree with Morris stating, "The other team was in better shape than we were. I think we need more conditioning."
The Panthers went for the jugular in the fourth quarter, outscoring the mistake prone Tigerettes by three points in every quarter besides the second to walk away with the 10-point win.
Work to do
"We missed easy shots, free throws and missed easy opportunities," Henry said. "Those are things that can be corrected in practice everyday but you can't just miss those easy lay-ups in transition. You can't miss those and win ball games."
"We didn't hustle like we should have---in the end we really slacked off," Solomon stated. "We could have done better playing as a team, staying with our girl, making more shots and keeping plays moving."
The Tigerettes were led by Morris's game high 27 points followed by Solomon's 11 points and seven rebounds.
Marshall County 17 15 11 8 51
Lewis County 20 16 14 11 61
MC: Morris 27, Solomon 11, Hollingsworth 8, Hutton 2, Wicks 2, Ingram 2
LC: King 10, Runions 9, Bell 9, Graves 15, Carroll 3, Floyd 8, Arledge 6, West 3.