Tigerettes let one slip away

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
MCHS coach Vincent Yarbrough draws up a plan late in the game versus the Lady Raiders. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

An initial District 12-AA win there for the taking, but it slipped away at the very end, continuing a frustrating season for the Marshall County Tigerettes, who led for much of the game before losing 51-49 at Spring Hill Friday night.

"It was the first time we had a lead going into halftime and the first time we had a lead going into the fourth quarter," MCHS coach Vincent Yarbrough said. "We just have to learn how to be more mature and learn to nurse a lead and let the defense work for a few minutes and then execute."

Double figures

The Tigerettes had three players in double figures in the contest with Cassi Whitworth leading the way with 12 points, while Leah Hollingsworth and Tianda Hutton added 11 points apiece.

After an even first quarter that ended in a 14-14 tie, Spring Hill went ahead on an Amanda Whiteson jumper at the outset of the second quarter.

Sydne Solomon re-tied the game for the Tigerettes and Demarie Ingram's only basket of the game gave MCHS the lead at 18-16.

Hutton followed with a steal and score for a four-point lead until the game evened out for several minutes with Marshall County leading 22-20.

Scoring run

From there, the Tigerettes made a huge run, scoring seven unanswered points, capped off by a Hollingsworth 3-pointer with two minutes left in the first half.

A Whiteson basket at the end of the period, made it 29-24 at the intermission.

Spring Hill outscored MCHS 10-3 at the beginning of the third period with the surge capped off by a Gracie Willett 3-pointer that cut the Marshall County lead to two points 34-32.

Alexis Ford scored in the low post for MCHS and after a Lady Raiders' turnover, Hollingsworth went downtown.

Back-to-back

Whitworth came up with back-to-back baskets, opening up an 11-point lead that was cut to seven points at 43-36, entering the fourth quarter.

Marshall County hung tough, shaking off several Spring Hill runs and led 45-42 with 2:15 left in the game.

After scoreless possessions by each squad, Martin scored for Spring Hill and a Tigerettes turnover led to the game tying 3-pointer by Tiara Lowery with 1:25 remaining in the game.

Hutton came up with two big free throws for MCHS and Martin hit one of two, making it a one-point game at 49-48.

Key turnover

After a very untimely Marshall County turnover, Spring Hill called timeout with 49.6 seconds left.

The Lady Raiders inbounded the ball and worked it around for Lowery, who drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with 15 ticks left on the clock, giving Spring Hill a 51-49 lead.

"Hats off to Spring Hill and the coach for the adversity they have been going through for the last week or so," Yarbrough said. "They have a very promising future with the mix they have on the floor tonight and in the future I think they will be a formidable opponent for us."

Last chance

The Tigerettes managed to get a good look at the basket with a few seconds left, but the shot was off and the game was over.

"We are going to get a few (wins) before it's all said and done," Yarbrough said. "I'm really proud of my girls, it takes a special type of girl to go through a season like this and to continue to come out and give it their all."

Marshall County 14 15 14 6-49

Spring Hill 14 10 12 15-51

Marshall County-Cassi Whitworth 12, Leah Hollingsworth 11, Tianda Hutton 11, Alexis Ford 9, Dymond Wicks 2, Sydne Solomon 2, Demariae Ingram 2.

3-point goals-Hollingsworth 2.

Free throws-Ford 2-4, Hutton 2-2, Hollingsworth 2-2, Solomon 0-2, Whitworth 1-1.

Spring Hill-Amanda Whiteson 12, Jordyn Seacrest 9, Gracie Willett 9, Alex Amos 8, Tiara Lowery 6, Gracie Martin 5, Nikiya Cross 2-2.

3-point goals-Lowery 2, Amos 2. Willett 1.

Free throws-Martin 1-4, Seacrest 1-4, Whiteson 2-5, Cross 2-2, Kaylee Warwick 0-1.

Halftime score-Marshall County 29, Spring Hill 24.