Tigerettes stop Spring Hill

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Leah Hollingsworth (3) runs out to get open for a 3-point basket attempt in the Tigerettes' 62-38 win over Spring Hill Tuesday night at Lewisburg. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Coming off an 11-day holiday break, the Marshall County Tigerettes welcomed a Spring Hill squad to Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday night and needed a couple of quarters to shake off the rust before running away with a 62-38 win.

"It was a good win, a district win," MCHS coach David Steely said. "Just too sloppy was the main problem. Not consistent and that's what we're trying to get better at."

"To beat better teams we're gonna have to get more consistent, but I like the fact that our expectations are changing from we just want to win some games to it's not ok to play a certain way even when we win big."

The Tigerettes' (7-7, 1-2) one-two back court punch of Zachuriya O'Neal and Leah Hollingsworth led the way in the scoring column as O'Neal finished with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals and Hollingsworth added 11 points, three rebounds and two steals.

Freshman Kelsey Keiler added 10 points, Sydne Soloman chipped in eight and Demarie Ingram finished with seven.

Spring Hill was led by Destiny Oden with 12 points and Felesha Hayes with 10 points on three triples.

The Raiders (0-12, 0-2) came into the contest winless on the season, but put up a tough fight from the start as Amanda Whitson scored four points and Oden added a basket to remain in the mix, down just 11-6 after one period.

Zachuriya O'Neal (22) drives down the lane for a fourth quarter bucket.

O'Neal grabbed a steal and scored on a layup to keep the lead at five one minute into the second, but an Oden trifecta cut the deficit to 13-11 before Hollingsworth nailed a long distance bomb for a 20-11 lead with 5:02 remaining in the second quarter.

Oden was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left in the half and after making two of three foul shots, the Lady Raiders were down 26-15 heading into the half.

"The first half we didn't take the game as seriously as we were supposed to," O'Neal said. "The only thing we knew was that we were supposed to win and we didn't come out to really play, but going into the second half we really understood that we either had to play or they were gonna come back."

Hollingsworth, Ingram, and O'Neal combined for 14 points in the third period to extend the lead to 40-26 with a minute left, but Hayes nailed a 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining and another triple at the buzzer to bring the Tigerettes' lead down to 42-32, heading into the final period.

O'Neal and Solomon scored six points each to start the fourth quarter and the home team outscored Spring Hill 20-3 to end the contest, squashing the Lady Raiders' upset hopes as MCHS heads into the Friday night Page game with its first district win of the season.

"I saw a lot of good things from our team, but then again there were a lot of bad things like turnovers that we could've improved on, but as far as that we really did what we were supposed to do as far as execution," O'Neal said. "The main thing we need to work on is being more solid as a team as far as passing, getting the ball where it's supposed to go and just executing on what we're supposed to do."

The Tigerettes entertain Page for Homecoming tonight.

Marshall County 11 16 15 20 62

Spring Hill 6 9 17 3 38

Marshall Co. (62): Zachuriya O'Neal 14, Leah Hollingsworth 11, Kelsey Keiler 10, Sydne Solomon 8, Demarie Ingram 7, Hannah Davis 5, Courtney Agnew 3, Alli Hobbs 2, Alexia Udell 1, Jenna Grace Hill 1

3-point goals (2): Hollingsworth 2

Spring Hill (38): Destiny Oden 12, Felesha Hayes 10, Amanda Whitson 9, Gracie Willett 4, Jordyn Secrest 3

3-point goals (5): Hayes 3, Secrest, Oden

Halftime: Marshall County 27, Spring Hill 15