Tigerettes run past Culleoka

Friday, December 23, 2016
Freshman guard Kelsey Keiler scored nine points at Culleoka Monday night, including this first quarter 3-pointer. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The mark of a good team is often being able to play above the competition when a less talented team is on the schedule and with a game at Culleoka (1-8) on Monday night the MCHS Tigerettes (5-6) did not disappoint, coming away with a 62-27 victory in Maury County.

The game featured just the Tigerettes as coach David Steely added the game after the schedule had already been set for a chance at playing a game his young team could gain some valuable non-district experience in.

"When I got the job last year Coach Bodenhamer had the schedule basically done but I had an open date and we were able to get one more game," Steely remarked. "I just called here and asked if they wanted to play and they were glad to do it. I was just trying to get a close game that coming off a one-win season that we would have an opportunity to be in the game."

The game couldn't have come at a more opportune time as the Tigerettes needed to regroup after losing a devastating last minute loss to 2A power and district opponent Christ Presbyterian Academy on Friday.

MCHS turned in another strong defensive performance by holding the Lady Warriors to 27 points after holding CPA to a season-low 34.

"We were ready to play," Steely said. "We came out and shot the ball well and that always makes it nice when you see the ball going in. We played hard on defense, we were up in 'em, I thought we could pressure them pretty good and we did."

The Tigerettes were led by Leah Hollingsworth who continues a junior year tear with 27 points on six 3-pointers, two games after making seven against Giles County.

Hollingsworth has knocked down 16 triples in the past four games.

"Again, I just keep working on my shooting," Hollingsworth said. "After practice and every Sunday and anytime I have free time I just go get on the gun and shoot the ball."

"Coming into this game we were trying to specifically work on getting offensive rebounds because we had offensive rebounds but we made zero put backs (against CPA)," Hollingsworth added. "So we really emphasized our post players getting rebounds and also getting them to go in."

Alexia Udell posts up versus a Culleoka defender during the third quarter of the Tigerettes win on Monday night.

The post players turned in great performances on the boards as Demarie Ingram led the team with seven rebounds to go along with 11 points and Alli Hobbs turned in eight points and four rebounds.

Freshman Jenna Grace Hill grabbed three rebounds and scored two points in just over four minutes and Alexia Udell added three rebounds.

"Our streak has been going on and off with wins and losses so we knew we wanted to come in and still play hard in spite of the score," Ingram said. "I think we did good because we were told to stay focused and just execute the plays right and we did for the most part."

The Warriors were chasing the Tigerettes halfway through the first quarter as Hollingsworth caught fire from the onset with three triples in the opening frame for 13 points as Marshall County held a 23-10 lead.

Rayann Adamson scored 10 of Culleoka's 27 first half points to try and keep the home team afloat, but by the time Hollingsworth swiped a steal and scored a layup with 1:01 remaining in the half the deficit had ballooned to 22, the largest lead of the game.

Hobbs and Ingram combined for nine third quarter points but Hollingsworth was not finished, adding another steal and layup before draining a 3-pointer and a subsequent free throw after being fouled on the made shot to push the lead to 54-19 after three.

The fourth quarter belonged to the substitutes and despite the 8-8 tie during the final period, the Tigerettes left Culleoka with a resounding 35-point win,

The Tigerettes have a week off before matching up with Culleoka again at the Richland Christmas Classic on December 28 and Richland the following day.

Marshall County 23 13 18 8 62

Culleoka 10 7 2 8 27

Marshall County (62): Leah Hollingsworth 27, Demarie Ingram 11, Kelsey Keiler 9, Alli Hobbs 8, Zachuriya O'Neal 3, Hannah Davis 2, Jenna Grace Hill 2

3-point goals (7): Hollingsworth 6, Keiler

Culleoka (27): Adamson 10, Taylor Daly 4, Madison Ingram 4, Kayla Harris 3, Breanna Dickinson2, Sky Mitchell 2, Kori Kelley 2

3-point goals (2): Anderson 2

Halftime score: Marshall County 36, Culleoka 17