MCHS drops 2 to Lincoln Co.
The Marshall County High School hoops squads made its annual trek to neighboring Lincoln County Tuesday night and the hometown Falcons came away with a sweep.
The Tigerettes (3-2) fell 50-38 after leading early and the Tigers (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season as the Falcons took an easy 80-57 win.
Leah Hollingsworth had 18 points, tying Lincoln County's Lauren Bradley for game-high scoring honors in the Tigerettes loss.
MCHS did not have another player score more than six points, while Brooke Ferguson (12) and Brianna Faulkner (11) also tallied double digits for the Lady Falcons.
Both squads had four 3-pointers in the contest as Hollingsworth and Ferguson had three long bombs apiece and Kelsey Keiler nailed a trey for MCHS and Faulkner added one for Lincoln County.
The Tigerettes started with the hot hand on back-to-back buckets by Demariae Ingram and Ali Hobbs before Faulkner nailed her 3-pointer.
Hollingsworth banged home back-to-back missiles to make it a 10-3 ballgame, but the Lady Falcons came up with five consecutive points to cut the lead to two points at 10-8.
Lincoln County did not score again in the first period, while Zachuriya O'Neal and Ingram added a basket apiece late and MCHS led 14-8 after the first eight minutes.
The Lady Falcons owned the second quarter behind six Bradley points in the paint as they outscored MCHS 13-4 in the stanza to take a 22-18 lead at the half.
A Hollingsworth pullup jumper in the lane cut the Lincoln County lead to 24-22 early in the third quarter as the Tigerettes scratched and clawed, but the Lady Falcons came up with back-to-back 3-pointers by Ferguson to take their biggest lead of the game at 30-22.
The Tigerettes cut the lead to six points on a late third quarter Hollingsworth trey to stay close before Kelsey Keiler was fouled on an offensive rebound on the first possession of the fourth quarter and proceeded to make 2-out-of-2 from the free throw line, cutting the Lincoln County lead to four points.
The Lady Falcons doubled up the lead again, but Keiler drained a 3-pointer and Marshall County called timeout with 5:10 remaining in the contest.
After a missed shot by Lincoln County, Keiler hit the front end of a one-and-one from the free throw line and Ingram rebounded the second attempt and was fouled.
Both of her attempts spun off the rim and from there Lincoln County did not let the Tigerettes make the comeback.
While the Tiger football players get back in basketball form, two of their old running mates had huge games at Lincoln County with senior Caleb Fields scoring 25 points and sophomore KJ Johnson added 23, but it was not nearly enough as the Falcons (4-2) won going away 80-57.
Football players Jay Howard, Tre Crutcher, Cain McWilliams, D'Andre Brown, Keevon Maxwell, Donathan Tears, Andrew Gold and JQ Haislip are all expected to be suited up soon for the Tigers.
The Falcons lived up to their high flying antics, knocking down nine 3-pointers in the contest with eight coming in the first half.
The Tigers made four 3-pointers in the game as Fields had two, Johnson had one and Dayveonte Brown made one.
Fields opened up the game with a basket for Marshall County and that was the only time the Tigers were in front as Lincoln County scored 24 first quarter points and led by 14, entering the second quarter.
Lincoln County matched its first quarter total of four 3-pointers in the second period and led by as many as 18 points before a late run by Marshall County at the end of the first half made it a 43-30 contest.
Lincoln County stayed firm, matching every Marshall County basket in the third quarter to lead by the same 13-point margin, entering the final period where they put the Tigers away with a 19-9 effort.
MCHS will be back in action tonight when they host Pearl Cohn at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
Marshall County 14 4 9 11-38
Lincoln County 8 13 12 17-50
Marshall County-Leah Hollingsworth 18, Demariae Ingram 6, Kelsey Keiler 6, Ali Hobbs 4, Zachuriya O'Neal 4
Three-point goals-Hollingsworth 4, Keiler
Free throws-Keiler 3-for-4, Hollingsworth 2-for-2, Hobbs 2-for-2, Ingram 0-for-2, O'Neal 0-for-1, Hannah Davis 0-for-4
Lincoln County-Lauren Bradley 18, Brooke Ferguson 12, Brianna Faulkner 11, Carly Fee 5, Carly Andrews 2, Millie Slayton 2
Three-point goals-Ferguson 3, Faulkner
Free throws-Fee 5-for-8, Bradley 4-for-4, Ferguson 3-for-4, Faulkner 2-for-4
Marshall County 10 20 18 9-57
Lincoln County 24 19 18 19-80
Marshall County-Caleb Fields 25, KJ Johnson 23, Dayveonte Brown 5, Lamarcus Dodson 2, Quavion Harris 2
Three-point goals-Fields 2, Johnson, Brown
Free throws-Johnson 8-for-12, Fields 7-for-12, Devon Wilson 0-for-2, Dodson 0-for-2, Howard Spider 0-for-1
Lincoln County-Seth Bertorelli 19, Zakyus Tate 12, Noah Sapach 11, Kyle Clem 10, Ben Bassham 10, Alex Susczynski 10, Taylor Gleghorn 3, Rouslan Gaines 2, Josiah Jenkins 2
Three-point goals-Clem 2, Sapach 2, Bassham 2, Susczynski 2, Gleghorn
Free throws-Clem 2-for-2, Susczynski 2-for-4, Sapach 2-for-3, Bassham 2-for-3, Sapach 1-for-1, Bertorelli 1-for-2, Tate 0-for-1, Jenkins 0-for-2