Lady Lions rout Tigerettes in rematch
The MCHS Tigerettes traveled to Nashville on Friday to play a make-up game due to inclement weather against the top dog of District 12AA Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA), who had beaten Marshall County by 35 points to start off district play early in January.
Marshall County (1-21, 0-10) would not fare much better on this night as the lady Lions (20-4, 10-0) were clicking on all cylinders heading into the 12-AA Tournament and used the Tigerettes as warm-up competition in an 82-37 win.
"I think our mentality wasn't where it needed to be knowing this is a big school and they're really successful," shooting guard Leah Hollingsworth, who led the Tigerettes with 14 points, said. "We didn't have our minds where they needed to be to play our hardest."
Kenedi Hambrick scored 26 points including four 3-pointers to lead CPA and Savannah LeGate scored 14 points and Libby Long added 13 points.
The Lions got off to a big start scoring 25 first quarter points behind two Long 3-pointers and seven Hambrick points, but the Tigerettes kept the game within striking distance scoring 11 to CPA's 25 points on a Hollingsworth 3-pointer and layup and a two points each from Alli Hobbs, Demariae Ingram and Sydne Solomon.
The Lions extended its lead in the second quarter behind 14 Hambrick points to outscore the Tigerettes 26-7 in the frame despite four Solomon points.
"Our concentration and hustle kind of went down as they started scoring more points," Solomon stated. "Our mentality kind was going down as the game went on."
CPA on target
The Lion onslaught continued as six CPA players scored at least three points in the frame and held the Tigerettes to nine points in the third quarter.
Hollingsworth got hot from behind the arc in the final quarter hitting three triples in a row to help Marshall County tie CPA scoring-wise in the final frame 9-9 on the way to the 45-point loss.
"Coach tells me if I'm open shoot, don't worry about the misses because I'm a shooter and shooters shoot," Hollingsworth noted. "He says when you miss just keep shooting because that's what we need you to do."
The Tigerettes would go on to face Cascade in the District 12AA Tournament opening round, losing for the third time in the 2015-16 season to the Champions 50-41 at Wartrace Monday night to end a tough season that saw Marshall County claim just one win despite being close in several key district contests.
The Tigerettes have a bright future for 2016-17, losing just one starter and two players that played meaningful minutes.
Marshall County 11 7 10 9-37
CPA 25 26 22 9-82
Marshall County-Leah Hollingsworth 14, Anna Claire Moses 3, Demariae Ingram 4, Alli Hobbs 2, Sydne Solomon 10, Alexis Ford 4.
CPA-Kenedi Hambrick 26, Carrington Washburn 6, Addie Russell Omer 6, Chelsea Burt 8, Savannah LeGate 14, Avery Zapp 4, Libby Long 13, Lydia Summerall 2, Abby Andrews 3, Grace Gilbert 2, Anna Grace Dickson 2.
3-point goals-CPA (8)-Hambrick 4, Long 3, Burt 1. Marshall County (5)-Hollingsworth 4, Moses 1.
Halftime score-CPA 51, MCHS 18.
District 12AA First Round at Cascade
Marshall Co. 9 10 11 11 -- 41
Cascade 8 12 13 17 -- 50
Marshall County-Leah Hollingsworth 11, Alexis Ford 11, Alli Hobbs 7, Cassi Whitworth 6, Alexa Udell 2, Sydne Solomon 2, Tianda Hutton 2.
Cascade-Grace Jackson 19, Brooke Sudduth 10, Delaney Vaught 6, Shaina Schneider 5, Bailey Ledbetter 4, Bailey Sudduth 4, Haleigh Crouch 2.
3-Point goals-Cascade (5): Jackson 3, Vaught 2; Marshall Co. (4): Hollingsworth 2, Ford.
Halftime score: Cascade 20, Marshall Co. 19.