Tigerettes finally claim first win of season

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Leah Hollingsworth takes her defensive stance at the Above the Rim Christmas Invitational Tournament at Hickman County. Photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County Tigerettes finally got that much needed win at The Above the Rim Christmas Invitational Tournament in Hickman County, taking out their season-long frustrations on a helpless Hickman County squad via a 55-20 victory.

The led the Tigerettes for a fight for a fifth place finish on Wednesday against a Perry County team that beat BGA the previous day.

Tired and ill

Marshall County (1-10), playing in its third game in three days, and playing with several players fighting off the flu, could not seem to muster up any strength to give Perry County (9-3) much of a run as the Lady Vikings got the huge 53-18 win.

Marshall County was led by Tai Hutton's nine points and two rebounds, Leah Hollingsworth managed five points for the Tigerettes.

Demariae Ingram led Marshall County with six rebounds and two blocks.

"Yesterday we played a team that wasn't as talented as Perry County," junior guard Hutton said. "We weren't as focused before this game. We came out thinking we were going to win, but they just wanted it more than us."

Perry County started the game out on a 20-0 run behind seven points apiece from Allie Hinson and Chyna Brooks. Marshall County would finally get on the board with 3:30 left in the half as Tai Hutton stole the ball and went the length of the floor for the bucket in what would be the only Tigerettes' bucket of the half.

Missed shots

"Today we just came out flat and missed tons and tons of easy lay-ups," Tigerettes coach Jerrie Henry said. "And again, you can't win missing the easy shots. We didn't box out, they were getting easy rebounds. So basic fundamentals that we didn't do today."

Hollingsworth, who led Marshall County with 17 in the win over Hickman County, finally got on the board with a deep 3-pointer off the inbounds pass with 4:50 left in the third quarter and Hutton grabbed another steal and went coast-to-coast to trim the lead down to 27 points on the next possession, but Allie Hinson nailed one of her game high four 3-pointers to put the game out of reach for Marshall County.

Alli Hobbs inbounds the ball for the Tigerettes, who claimed their first win of the season over Hickman County.

"We need to work harder, try more, and care more," said Ingram. "We don't need to get down on ourselves, we need to keep working hard. We don't need to slow down. We need to stay at the same pace and keep going."

Final efforts

Hollingsworth nailed another jumper and Kimberlyn Greer nailed a mid-range jump shot in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings were too much for the Tigerettes on this day and Perry County took home fifth place at the annual Above the Rim shootout.

"We're young, and don't like to use that excuse either because it doesn't take a skilled player to get after it," Henry said. "And that's what happened today. It's just a matter of these girls believing in themselves and coming out and making a showing every night."

"You don't have to be skilled to get out there and do the fundamentals of the game," Henry continued. "But you have to have the mentality and the drive to do that night after night."

Marshall County 0 2 11 5-18

Perry County 13 14 22 4-53

Marshall County (18): Leah Hollingsworth 5, Tai Hutton 9, Cassi Whitworth 2, Kimberlyn Greer 2.

Perry County (53): Jillian Swaw 6, Miranda Boutwell 6, Jaycie Roberts 9, Jessica Tucker 1, Allie Hinson 18, Sydney Wilsdorf 2, Chyna Brooks 9, Hosanna Cummings 2.

Three-point goals: Perry County (6)-Swaw, Hinson 4, Brooks. Marshall County (1)-Hollingsworth.