Tigerettes find some good in loss to CPA

Friday, January 8, 2016
Alexis Ford gets ready in the paint for the Tigerettes, who fell 72-37 to CPA Tuesday night at Lewisburg. Photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County (1-11, 0-1) Tigerettes came out of the Above the Rim Invitational with a little more confidence than earlier in the season, having finally gotten rid of the monkey on its back with the first win of the year over Hickman County.

Christ Presbyterian Academy (10-4, 0-1), one of the premier girls teams in Middle Tennessee came away with the 72-37 victory over the Tigerettes on Tuesday night at Lewisburg, but there were enough bright spots in the game for the Marshall County faithful to have hope that the girls squad might still make some noise in district play.

Team play

"I think we are looking a lot better," sophomore guard Leah Hollingsworth stated. "I think those 3A teams we played at the beginning of the year got us ready for district play because they're so tough and that made us play tougher. But right now we're playing better as a team, better than we ever have this season."

Hollingsworth led the Tigerettes with nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal and Alexis Ford added seven points, five rebounds, and three steals. Anna Claire Moses came off the bench to chip in six points on two 3-point bombs in the second quarter.

"I think we did good besides turning the ball over some," Ford said. "But overall I think this is the best we played as a team together. I think we did really good tonight to be honest, even though we lost, I still think we did great team wise."

CPA roars ahead

CPA started the game off on a 10-0 run led by a Carrington Washburn 3-pointer and steal and layup, but Alli Hobbs ended the run on a layup via a pass from Tai Hutton with 4:30 left in the quarter.

The Lady Lions would go on a 17-2 run led by three Kennedy Hambrick 3-pointers to end the first quarter up 29-4.

The Tigerettes finally found their groove in the second quarter starting with a Hollingsworth steal and layup.

A Hobbs offensive rebound and put-back and two Moses' 3- pointers still had MCHS down at the half 49-16.

Better and better

The Tigerettes defense continued to get stronger as the game went on by allowing the Lions fewer points in each subsequent quarter, culminating with Marshall County holding CPA to just eight fourth quarter points but scoring 17 of its own, led by five Hollingsworth points and three by Cassi Whitworth and Ford.

"Right now we're a team of spurts. We have good spurts and bad spurts. And now it's about leveling out the spurts. We need to have more good spurts than bad spurts," assistant coach Vincent Yarbrough explained. "So tonight the thing that hurt us was turnovers. They have two Division I players that are receiving a lot of recruitment and they're a good team."

Yarborough added, "We came in and turned the ball over and dug ourselves a 20 point hole. Once we started breaking the press and attacking and getting the ball down the court then we learned that we were able to score against them, but by that time we were down 20."

Even match

The Tigerettes managed to play practically even with the Lions in the second half getting outscored just 23-21 and holding the Lions two best players, Hambrick and Savannah LeGate to just four second half points.

"It doesn't take a skilled player to hustle," coach Jerrie Henry said. "And you have to give that effort and come out and play with intensity every night."

The Tigerettes will take its newfound confidence to Wartrace on Friday night against the winless Champions (0-12, 0-1).

Marshall County 4 12 4 17-37

C.P.A 29 20 15 8-72

Marshall County (37): Leah Hollingsworth 9, Anna Claire Moses 6, Demarie Ingram 4, Alli Hobbs 4, Cassi Whitworth 3, Alexis Ford 7, Tai Hutton 2, Dymond Hicks 2.

C.P.A (72): Kennedy Hambrick 18, Carrington Washburn 12, Chelsea Burt 2, Savannah LeGate 14, Avery Zapp 2, Libby Long 10, Abby Clay 4, Emma Maddux 2, Grace Gilbert 4, Anna Grace Dickson 4.

Three-point goals: Marshall County (3)- Hollingsworth, Moses 2. C.P.A (8)- Hambrick 4, Long 2, Washburn 2.