Tigers snap three-game losing streak

Friday, December 11, 2015
Caleb Fields, seen here driving the baseline versus Lincoln County, had 24 points in the Tigers' big win over the Golden Eagles. Tribune file photo by Anthony S. Puca

Shelbyville Central ran into a Marshall County team looking to prove to themselves that they were better than the team that lost big to Chattanooga Brainerd on Saturday and the Tigers proved that Saturday was a fluke, beating the 3A Golden Eagles 61-51.

More hustle

"I think we gave a little better effort, the kids tried tonight I felt like," MCHS coach Arnett Bodenhamer said. "We didn't capitalize on what we were trying to do. We've got to drive the ball more and we've got to be more aggressive on the glass."

The Tigers (3-3) came out inspired on the defensive side of the ball, allowing just six first quarter points to the stunned Golden Eagles (2-5) after giving up a dismal 30 points to Brainerd over the weekend.

"We came in and had a better effort on defense tonight," Steven Dangerfield, who led the Tigers with nine rebounds said. "We rebounded a little better and that helped us win the game."

Fields takes aim

Caleb Fields led the Tiger attack from the start, scoring nine points in the opening frame after being held to a season low three points against Brainerd and finished with 24 points total on the night.

J.D. Harris scored seven second quarter points for Shelbyville as the Golden Eagles scored 17 points in the period to trim the Marshall County lead to just four points at the half.

Malek Sain paced the Tigers with eight third quarter points but Shelbyville's Jamal Harden matched Sain shot for shot to keep the Tiger lead to six heading into the final period.

Late charge

The Golden Eagles made a final push at the Tigers cutting the lead to three points with three minutes left in the game, but Marshall County made 10-out-of-10 free throws down the stretch and Fields and Sain combined for 16 points in the period to pull away for the three point win.

Sain led the Tigers scoring effort with 25 points and combined with Fields for 49 of the teams 61 points in the win.

"We've got to get better at help," Bodenhamer stressed. "Defense wins championships and that's what we've got to do. Good teams do that. We're going to work hard tomorrow and get ready to play a great Pearl-Cohn team on Thursday.

Back to .500

The Tigers ended the Golden Eagles two-game winning streak to get back to .500 on the year heading into Thursdays match up at Pearl Cohn and get another shot at Antioch (6-2), who is riding a four-game streak that started with a seven point win over Marshall County less than two weeks ago.

Marshall County 13 14 14 20 61

Shelbyville Central 6 17 12 16 51

Marshall County (61): Caleb Fields 24, Malek Sain 25, Steven Dangerfield 4, Montrell Harris 2, Quavion Harris 6.

Shelbyville (51): O. Harris 8, J. Harris 11, Harden 23, Young 5, Wilson 4.

Three-point goals- Shelbyville (3): Harden 2, Young 1.