Tigerettes suffer home district loss vs. Spring Hill
Two one win teams met Tuesday night is Lewisburg when Spring Hill came to town to battle Marshall County for a key district win.
The Tigerettes (1-13, 0-3) started off sluggish and despite a second quarter run to pull within one point the Raiders (2-13, 1-2) were too much to overcome and Marshall County remained winless in district 12-AA after a 50-37 setback.
"We're getting there but we have to put it out there on the floor," Tigerettes' coach Jerrie Henry said. "I see that we are getting better. You always want to practice better than the day before so that you can build on getting better."
The Tigerettes were their own worst enemy again on Tuesday night by missing 14 free throws in a game that was decided by just 13 points.
"We work on our free throws every day," Ali Hobbs said. "Today during fourth block all we did was shoot free throws. We just need to concentrate more while we're doing it."
The Tigerettes were led by Sydne Solomon, playing in just her second game back since early December with a knee injury.
Solomon was unstoppable on glass with a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with her team-leading nine points, but made just 5-of-12 free throw attempts.
Back to normal
"I feel like I'm fully back now," Solomon said. "Last game my knee wasn't fully recovered yet so coach gave me a little bit more time (to rest), so when I came in this game we had worked on it a lot and it feels pretty good now."
Cassi Whitworth scored seven points and Alli Hobbs scored six points and grabbed four rebounds to lead the Tigerettes. Alexis Ford scored just two points, but chipped in 10 rebounds and Demariae Ingram grabbed eight boards and scored five points for the blue and white.
Three Spring Hill players scored in double figures led by Asiah Odin with 13 and Bre Nixon and Gracyn Martin scored 10 points apiece.
Odin scored on a layup and hit a foul shot to give the Raiders an early 3-0 edge before a Hollingsworth jumper brought the score to 3-2. Felesha Hayes knocked down two 3-pointers in the opening frame for her only six points of the game and the Raiders took a 9-6 lead into the second quarter.
Raiders pull away
Whitworth hit a jumper on the first possession of the second quarter to pull the Tigerettes to 9-8, but the Raiders would go on a 10-1 run behind two Martin buckets to push the lead to 19-9. Hobbs hit a layup at the halftime buzzer to keep the Tigerettes within striking distance at 19-11.
The Tigerettes would claw back to within seven points with 30 seconds left in the third quarter after a Leah Hollingsworth 3-pointer.
Odin scored a lay-up and after a Marshall County turnover, Martin banked in a prayer from half court to end the third quarter, pushing the Raiders' lead to 38-26.
Despite five Ingram fourth quarter points, the Tigerettes never threatened the Raiders again and Marshall County would go on to lose its fourth game in a row.
"We should have made our free throws and our easy layups under the goal," Hobbs said. "We missed 14 free throws. If we would have played tonight like we did the other night against Cascade we would have blown them away."
The Tigerettes will get another crack at its first district win at 6-8 Page squad on Friday with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
"We didn't have as many turnovers as last week, we had four less, so we did improve on that," Henry said. "But we've got to make the free throws and we work on those tremendously. Some of our better shooters aren't making them in games."
Marshall County 6 6 14 11-37
Spring Hill 9 12 17 12-50
Marshall County (37): Leah Hollingsworth 5, Demariae Ingram 5, Alli Hobbs 6, Sydne Solomon 9, Cassi Whitworth 7, Tai Hutton 5.Spring Hill (50): Shon'ye Webster 4, Alex Amos 2, Gracyn Martin 10, Bre Nixon 10, Destiny Odin 1, Asiah Odin 12, Tiara Lowery 2, Amanda Whitson 2, Felesha Hayes 6.
Three-point goals: Sprig Hill (4) - Martin 2, Hayes 2. Marshall County (1) - Hollingsworth.