Lady Champions gain first win vs. Tigerettes

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The Tigerettes huddle in a timeout at Cascade, where they lost 60-44 to the Lady Champions Friday night. Photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Tigerettes traveled to Wartrace on Friday with a bit of confidence culminating from two well played quarters against district powerhouse CPA and the winless record of its opponent for the night at Cascade.

The Tigerettes (1-12, 0-2) came out firing, trailing by just two points at halftime but due to some old habits succumbed to the Lady Champions (1-12, 1-1) 60-44.

Too many turnovers

MCHS will go back to the drawing board to find that one missing piece that will enable the Tigerettes to get back to its winning ways.

"We could have not turned the ball over as much," senior Alexis Ford, who dominated the middle with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and two blocks," said. "I think we had over 20 turnovers and we could have made more free throws."

Sophomore Leah Hollingsworth, who has led the Tigerettes in scoring three out of the last four games, tallied 13 points, grabbed three rebounds, and three assists and Tai Hutton scored six points and despite playing the guard position, grabbed 10 rebounds.

"They were big but I was pushing myself because we needed more rebounds," Hutton said. "Our post player had a lot of fouls so somebody had to step up and start rebounding, so I tried to take that job."

The Tigerettes shot themselves in the foot at the free throw line, making just 14-of-32 attempts, while losing by 16 points as the 18 missed free throw shots could have made a difference.

Leader needed

"Getting away from the game plan continually is a sign of immaturity and being young, that's a sign of not having a leader," coach Jerrie Henry explained. "You need that leader on the floor to settle things down when the games getting out of hand. And it doesn't help when you make 14-of-32 free throws, you have over 20 turnovers, and you make 2-of-5 three-pointers."

Ford scored four early points to get the Tigerettes started off on the right foot and Hollingsworth added four to give the Tigerettes an early 10-5 off a steal and layup. But a Bailey Sudduth 3-pointer and a Shaina Schneider layup put the Champs up 12-11. Sudduth drained another three at the end of the first period and the Champions held the 15-12 advantage.

Tianda Hutton attempts a free throw for MCHS.

The Tigerettes got right back in the game on a Hutton steal and coast-to-coast layup to start the second quarter.

Ford on the road

Ford got hot as she scored on an offensive rebound and was fouled, before grabbing her missed free throw and scoring again for a four point swing and a 21-15 Marshall County edge.

Hutton grabbed an offensive rebound and scored for a 23-18 Marshall County lead midway through the second period, but the Lady Champions fought back at the free throw line as Jacie Williams and Sudduth made four in a row to cut the lead to one.

Hollingsworth grabbed a steal and made two free throws for what would be the last Marshall County lead of the night at 27-26.

Sudduth nailed a controversial 3-pointer after the halftime horn had sounded, but the referees counted the basket giving the Champions a 29-27 lead at the break and seemingly deflating the Tigerettes hopes of a road win.

More than calls

"We had bad calls but I never want to say a referee loses a ballgame for you because there are other factors that went along with that," coach Henry said. "I think once that Cascade saw that we were rushing and not boxing out they stepped on it and we sort of backed off a little bit. Cascade didn't have anything to lose----this would have been their first win too. I think our maturity level along with our other mistakes killed us tonight."

A series of questionable calls against Marshall County took the Tigerettes mind off the game and the Champions went in for the win, allowing Marshall County just four third quarter points and outscoring the visitors from Lewisburg 31-17 in the second half on the way to the Champs first win of the season.

Sydney Solomon scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in her first action since December 1 due to injury and Demarie Ingram scored four points, grabbed four rebounds and had two steals to pace the Tigerettes.

Marshall County 12 15 4 13-44

Cascade 15 14 11 20-60

Marshall County (44): Leah Hollingsworth 13, Demarie Ingram 4, Alli Hobbs 2, Sydney Solomon 4, Cassi Whitworth 3, Alexis Ford 12, Tai Hutton 6.

Cascade (60): Keeley Sutton 2, Delaney Vaught 10, Bailey Sudduth 19, Julie Jones 7, Jacie Williams 4, Shaina Schneider 18.

Three-point goals: Cascade (6)- Vaught 2, Sudduth 3, Jones. Marshall County (2)- Hollingsworth, Whitworth.