Columbia spoils Tigerettes' try for first victory
The Tigerettes came tantalizingly close to breaking an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season, but it was not to be as long-time rival Columbia spoiled the fun, coming back to beat Marshall County 49-41 Tuesday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.
"I think we should have all gave a better effort, because we should have had that win," said Ali Hobbs. "But, they wanted it more. We came out strong, but the second half didn't go our way."
It was the first win of the year for the Lady Lions (1-6, 0-1), who had not scored more than 27 points in their six previous losses to start the season.
Waiting for a 'W'
The Tigerettes (0-7) have not won since beating Page 34-28 on January 27 at Rudderville and MCHS has not beaten Columbia in 11-straight tries.
"This losing streak is getting old," said Hobbs. "We were really hungry for this win, but so was Columbia because they haven't won yet too."
Leah Hollingsworth connected on an early 3-pointer to get things going for the Tigerettes, who were playing without Sydne Solomon, out with an injury until after Christmas break.
"She (Solomon) usually has 10 rebounds and 10 points," Hobbs said. "We could have really used her tonight, but she will be back after Christmas."
Big early lead
MCHS built its lead to 7-2 on a Cassi Whitworth jumper midway through the first quarter and later on, Whitworth would nail a 3-pointer to increase the Lewisburg lead to 12-4.
Columbia's Macey Gilliam, who led all scorers in the contest with 20 points answered with a 3-pointer, making it 12-7, but consecutive buckets by Ali Hobbs and Whitworth ended the period with MCHS in front 16-7.
The Lady Lions clawed back, cutting the MCHS lead to seven points on a Gilliam bucket with 3:51 left in the second quarter, forcing a Marshall County timeout.
Columbia missed out of the stoppage and Anna Clara Moses made them pay, draining a long 3-pointer that gave the Tigerettes their biggest lead of the game at 22-12.
Change of pace
From there, the Lady Lions outscored Marshall County 7-1 to end the first half, trailing 23-19.
Columbia began to chip away some more to begin the third period, eventually tying the score at 23-23 on a foul shot by Tamijah Kinzer with 5:08 remaining in the period.
Hollingsworth staved off the Lady Lions, drilling an off-balance 3-pointer, but it was a short-lived reprieve as Columbia took the lead for the first time in the game moments later on an Ashley Brooks bucket in the paint.
Columbia took control, upping its lead to five points by the end of the third quarter and they scored the first six points in the fourth to increase the number to 41-30 with 4:22 remaining in the contest.
The Tigerettes came back from the free throw line as Hobbs nailed 3-out-of-4 and Hollingsworth canned two additional tosses to slice the Columbia lead to 41-35 with just over two minutes to go in the game.
The teams traded baskets until a Dymond Wicks rebound and put-back cut the lead to four points at 45-41 with a minute left, but that would be the last score for the Tigerettes.
Marshall County will be back in action when they travel to East Nashville Magnet School tonight for a 6 p.m. start versus the Lady Eagles at the historic Albert E. Hill Gymnasium.
Columbia 7 12 16 14-49
MCHS 16 3 11 11-41
Columbia-Macey Gilliam 20, Tamijah Kinzer 8, Taliyah-Lashley Jones 8, Keadrianna Webster 6, Ashley Brooks 3, Serena White 2, Siva Pye 2.
Three-point goals-Gilliam 2.
Free throws-Kinzer 8-12, Pye 2-2, Jones 4-6, White 2-2, Brooks 1-2, Webster 0-3, Gilliam 3-9.
MCHS-Leah Hollingsworth 10, Cassi Whitworth 9, Ali Hobbs 7, Demariae Ingram 6, Tianda Hutton 4, Anna Clara Moses 3, Dymond Wicks 2.
Three-point goals-Hollingsworth 2, Whitworth, Moses.
Free throws-Hollingsworth 2-5, Ingram 2-5, Hobbs 2-9, Alexis Ford 0-1, Tianda Hutton 0-1.
Fouled out-Hutton, Ford.