Tigerettes 'grow' despite seventh straight defeat
The Marshall County Tigerettes, looking to shake off last week's 62-point loss at Giles County, hosted Cascade for breast cancer awareness "Pink Out" night in Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium at Lewisburg Tuesday night.
MCHS and Cascade had met 18 days prior and despite the Tigerettes' 16-point loss in the game it led for the better part of three quarters, the young squad from Lewisburg took away some much needed confidence.
The Tigerettes showed it may be down, but not out heading into the final stretch before the district tournament as they suffered a hard fought 49-35 loss to the Lady Champions.
"Six months from where we were from the beginning of the season we see improvements, but we still have a long way to go," MCHS Jerrie Henry said. "But we're growing and we're going to continue to grow."
MCHS led for most of the first quarter before trailing at halftime.
The Tigerettes clawed their way back into the game, cutting the Cascade lead back to seven points before finally succumbing to the Lady Champions, who are now tied for third place in District 12-AA despite starting out the season 0-12.
Keeping up hope
"We have young minds that don't have the maturity level you would like them to have and they're struggling," Henry stated. "So, it's just a thing of keeping them up and encouraging them so they don't get down on themselves."
The Lady Champions have won three of their last six games, while the Tigerettes have lost seven in a row after a 32 point blowout over Hickman County on December 29 for the first win of year.
"We started out really well and I think we executed our plays really well," Henry said. "We forced two or three turnovers that Demarie (Ingram) was able to capitalize on early in the game."
Ingram started the game out hot by converting two jumpers to allow the Tigerettes an early 4-0 lead, but a Shaina Schneider bucket and a Juli Jones jumper tied the game.
Ingram nailed another short jump shot and Cassi Whitworth nailed her first 3-three point attempt for a 9-4 edge, but Cascade would come storming back, culminating with a Jones 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in the opening frame as the visitors took a 13-12 lead into the second quarter.
"We were in a 1-3-1 zone (defense) that I don't think (Cascade) was ready for and we were able to capitalize early, but they made the necessary adjustments and we weren't able to score," said Henry.
The Lady Champions started the second quarter on a 4-0 run before Tianda Hutton scored on an offensive rebound to cut the lead to 17-15, but Hutton's layup would be the only Tigerettes' field goal in the entire period as Cascade carried a 25-16 lead into the break.
"We came out too confident at first, than our confidence kind of died down," said MCHS forward Sydne Solomon. "It's all coming down to heart. It's not really our coaches not doing a good job or anything else. It's all coming down to who wants to win the game more."
Cascade pushed the lead to 14 points at 34-20 on a wide open Jones 3-pointer with 1:57 left in the period, but Ingram came to the rescue once again for the home team, scoring on a steal and jumper.
On MCHS' next possession, Ingram nailed a wide-open jumper from the corner with seven seconds left in the quarter to close the gap to 34-24, heading into the final frame.
"We lost control of the game early in the third quarter because of dumb fouls and turnovers," said Ingram, who led the Tigerettes with 14 points, four rebounds and two blocks. "We got too hyped up and went too fast and that messed us up. We let the game get out of control."
Leah Hollingsworth caught fire in the fourth quarter, nailing back-to-back triples to pull the Tigerettes within seven points with just 2:45 remaining in the game, but Marshall County had no answer on the inside for Cascade's 6-foot-3 center Schneider, who scored 15 points in the quarter as the Champions pulled away for the 14-point win.
"We executed our plays better tonight," Solomon added. "Every game that we have lost lately we always stay in the game and we never let them beat us to death. We just need to stay focused."
Hollingsworth finished with six points and four assists and Solomon added five points and four rebounds for the Tigerettes.
Schneider finished with a game-high 23 points for the Lady Champs.
The Tigerettes (1-16, 0-6) will look to get that first district win of the season tonight at Spring Hill (5-15, 3-4) with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. The Tigerettes lost to the Lady Raiders 50-37 17 days ago at Lewisburg.
Cascade 13 12 9 15-49
Marshall County 12 4 8 11-35
Cascade: Grace Jackson 2, Delaney Vaught 2, Bailey Sudduth 2, Juli Jones 9, Haleigh Crouch 4, Jacie Williams 2, Shaina Schneider 23, Brooke Sudduth 5.
Marshall County: Demariae Ingram 14, Leah Hollingsworth 6, Alli Hobbs 1, Sydne Solomon 5, Cassi Whitworth 3, Anna Claire Moses 3, Tai Hutton 2, Dymond Wicks 1.
3-point goals-Cascade: Jones 2; Marshall County: Hollingsworth 2, Whitworth 1, Moses 1.
District 12-AA Standings
CPA 15-4 6-0
Giles County 13-10 6-1
Spring Hill 5-15 3-4
Cascade 3-15 3-4
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Marshall Co. 1-16 0-6