Tigers fall flat against Lincoln County
The Marshall County Tigers took to the hardcourt at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium at Lewisburg for the first time this season and after a solid start, MCHS fell flat resulting in a 69-52 loss to Lincoln County.
The Tigers (2-2) are still without the services of several football players, but MCHS Coach Arnett Bodenhamer was not happy with his, or the team's performance after the game.
Intent to improve
"Lincoln County wanted it more than us, they played better than us, outcoached us and were tougher than us," Bodenhamer said. "We will get back to work tomorrow and prepare ourselves to get better."
MCHS got off to a flying start as Caleb Fields scored to open the game and after a Lincoln County missed shot, JD Chavous converted a three-point the old-fashioned way, making it 5-0.
Another missed Falcon shot turned into a 3-pointer for Kevon Maxwell and an 8-0 lead for the Tigers.
Lincoln County ran off 10 straight points including 3-pointers by Kyle Clem and Eli Slayton as the Tigers went cold from the field.
The Falcons would inch out by four points at 14-10, but another Maxwell 3, followed by a Lincoln County bucket and a KJ Johnson 3-pointer tied the score at 16.
A Johnson steal, subsequently followed by a foul shot by Johnson gave MCHS a one-point lead, but an Alex Susczynski tip-in buzzer-beater gave the Falcons an 18-17 lead after the first quarter.
Maxwell's third 3-pointer of the game early in the second quarter tied the game at 22, but Lincoln County went on a 12-2 run to end the first half with a 34-24 lead.
The third period was not much better for the Tigers as Lincoln County upped its lead to 53-34, entering the fourth quarter.
Two Marshall County 3-pointers to begin the final eight minutes cut the Falcons' lead to 53-40 and after a Lincoln County basket, Fields nailed a 3-pointer to make it 55-43, but that would be as close as the tigers would get the rest of the game, falling by 17 points to the Fayetteville squad.
Marshall County will be back in action on Saturday when they take on the Brainerd Panthers from Chattanooga at Maplewood High School in Nashville with tip-off set for 4:30 p.m.
Lincoln County 18 16 19 16-69
MCHS 17 7 10 18-52
Lincoln County-Alex Susczynski 15, Holt Richardson 13, Seth Bertorelli 10, Eli Slayton, Zakyus Tate 8, Kyle Clem 7, Brian Alford 4, Eli Eason 2.
Marshall County-KJ Johnson 13, Malek Sain 11, Kevon Maxwell 9, Caleb Fields 8, JD Chavous, Steven Dangerfield 4, Donathon Tears 2.
Three-point goals-Marshall County (8); Johnson 4, Maxwell 3, Sain 1. Lincoln County (4); Slayton 2, Clem 1, Richardson 1.