Tigerettes suffer a pair of losses

Friday, December 4, 2015
Marshall County's Ali Hobbs saves the ball from going out of bounds in the first half Tuesday night at Lewisburg. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes (0-4), still searching for an initial win this season, suffered a 50-31 loss on the court to Lincoln County in Tuesday night's home opener.

Off the court, the Tigerettes suffered an even bigger loss when their senior leading scorer Kiya Morris left the team for undisclosed reasons.

"I was telling someone---a little scientific notation that I used is when an amphibian loses a limb, they grow back one and also when a person loses one of the five senses, they get stronger at the others, so we have to get stronger as individuals and as a team," said MCHS coach Jerrie Henry. "It's unfortunate that occurred and I wish her well, but it's like any sport, you still have to play the game."

Opening shot

Leah Hollingsworth, who led the Tigerettes in scoring with 11 points, drilled a 3-pointer to open the contest.

The Lady Falcons (2-1) scored four straight to take the lead until Tianda Hutton came up with a steal and score, making it 5-4.

Lincoln County standout Sloan Mann heated up, scoring 11 straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers as the Lady Falcons took control of the game at 15-5.

"She (Mann) is a player and she reminds me of the (Caitlyn)Yost girl from Chapel Hill, who makes things happen because she is a mover," Henry said. "She can shoot the ball very well and put the ball on the floor and shoot off the dribble, so she is just a well-rounded player."

Mann would end up with a game-high 18 points.

Halftime deficit

Hutton hit one foul shot near the end of the period and Marshall County trailed 17-6, entering quarter number two.

Sydney Solomon flies through the air as she collides with a Lincoln County defender in Marshall County's 50-31 loss to the Lady Falcons.

Lincoln kept the pressure on the Tigerettes, scoring the first eight points in the second quarter before Hollingsworth drained one foul shot to break the streak.

Hutton added two fast-break buckets, trying to keep MCHS within striking distance at 25-11, but a Mann 3-pointer squelched the comeback attempt and the Tigerettes trailed 29-13 at the intermission.

In the third quarter, Lincoln County stepped on the gas as they reeled off eight straight points before MCHS finally made a basket with 1:50 remaining in the period.

Scoring picks up

The Lady Falcons took a 42-15 lead into the fourth quarter where the Lewisburg girls began to see some gelling as they outscored Lincoln County 16-8 in the period to give Henry some optimism moving forward.

"We have a lot of work to do, we are a young team and we are going to make young mistakes," Henry said. "I am looking forward to working with this group and I think we will continue to get better and we have a lot to build on."

The Tigerettes will be back in action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they host Shelbyville at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium on the MCHS campus.

Lincoln County 17 12 13 8-50

MCHS 6 7 2 16-31

Lincoln County-Sloan Mann 18, Bethany Lamon 8, Samantha Williams 7, Emily Ogle 5, Carly Fee 4, Hannah Brazier 3, Lauren Bradley 2, Brianna Faulkner 2, Shayla Castillo 1.

MCHS-Leah Hollingsworth 11, Tianda Hutton 7, Demariae Ingram 4, Sydney Solomon 3, Alexis Ford 2, Cassie Whitworth 2.

Three-point goals-Lincoln County (5): Mann 3, Ogle 1, Brazier 1. MCHS-(2): Hollingsworth 2.