Tigerettes' losing streak reaches 10

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Leah Hollingsworth (left) and Tianda Hutton strategize during Friday night's game versus Giles County. Photo by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County Tigerettes came into Tuesday's Homecoming contest against Giles County looking to show improvement from the last time the two teams met which resulted in a 73-11 loss.

The Tigerettes (1-19, 0-9) seemed to have learned a lesson in the 62-point loss with close losses to Cascade (14 points) and Spring Hill (2 points) before losing to Giles County (16-10, 8-1) on Friday 62-33.

The Tigerettes surprised the Lady Bobcats, taking an early 11-10 lead with just a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Stronger start

"The last time we played them we lost 73-11 so our pre-game speech was that shall not happen again," Marshall County coach Vincent Yarbrough said. "The girls came out with a lot of fire and jumped out on them."

The Tigerettes were led early by senior post Alexis Ford, who started the game out 3-for3 from the field for the team's first six points to give Marshall County the early 6-0 lead three minutes into the game.

The Tigerettes continued their early run on a coast-to-coast layup by Tai Hutton for the 10-7 lead.

"I think we did better than the last time we played against them," Hutton, who finished with seven points, six rebounds and four assists, said. "I think we just got a little tired in the third. I don't think we gave up, we just got tired."

Bobcats catch up

Jayla White banked in a triple for the Bobcats to get the visitors first lead at 11-10 and Mary Kathlyn Bruce hit the first of her four second quarter 3-pointers to push the lead to 15-11. Bruce would knock down a barrage of 3-pointers ending with a triple with 1:14 remaining in the half and the rout was on at 33-15.

"We came out strong, we had good pre-game warmups and then everything fell apart," senior wing Cassi Whitworth said. "We couldn't stop their backdoor passes and then we went into a 2-3 zone and we couldn't stop their outside shooters."

The Tigerettes couldn't stop Bruce in the third quarter as the Lady Bobcat guard knocked down two more 3's and the lead ballooned to 39-20 just three minutes into the third quarter.

"Slowly but surely we allowed them to get back in the game and gain some confidence," Yarbrough noted. "Right there at halftime they pushed the lead to 15, the girls came out at halftime and put up a really good fight and kept it right there."

Closing in

Whitworth nailed a 3-pointer with 3:19 left in the third quarter to cut the lead back down to 14, but that was as close as the Tigerettes would get and the young team from Lewisburg would add another loss to the record book.

"We're young but we still go after it," Hutton said. "I think next year will be better, we're going to be harder to play against. We're just really young but we're getting experience."

Alexis Ford finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Sydne Solomon added five points and four rebounds.

The Tigerettes have one more contest against district leader CPA on Friday before the start of the District 12-AA Tournament.

Marshall County 11 4 10 8 33

Giles County 10 25 9 18 62

Giles County (62): Taylor McNairy 8, Erin Freeman 7, Jayla White 3, KiKi Cross 5, Jensen Harper 4, Mary Kathlyn Bruce 19, Keneisha Love 8, Alexis Rose 3, Kaleigh Bedingfield 6.

Marshall County (33): Demariae Ingram 5, Alli Hobbs 4, Sydne Solomon 5, Cassi Whitworth 5, Alexis Ford 8, Tai Hutton 6.

3-point goals: Marshall County (1) - Whitworth. Giles County (9) - Bruce 6, McNairy, Freeman, Rose.

Halftime score-Giles County 35, Marshall County 15.