Tigers trample Spring Hill, re-enter District 12AA race

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Caleb Fields knocks down his second triple of the night in the third period. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Tigers jumped back into the District 12AA race versus Spring Hill and looked for some consistency on Tuesday after coming off an impressive third place finish in the Battle of Franklin Christmas Tournament Marshall County with a win over 3A Lebanon 12 days prior.

The long break did not seem to bother the Tigers, who finished off the Raiders before the halftime buzzer sounded, giving Marshall County its first district win of the season at 77-34 before a brutal stretch of the schedule commences.

"The guys played hard for four quarters," Tiger coach Arnett Bodenhamer said. "They stuck with it and played defense the whole time."

"I was proud of them because usually in a game like that people get disrespectful, it gets ugly, and the guys stayed with it, fought hard, and just played within the system and did what we were supposed to do," Bodenhamer added. "That's just how we need to play."

The Tigers were led by K.J. Johnson's 20 points on six of eight from downtown, Caleb Fields with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists and Keevon Maxwell and Donathan Tears added seven points apiece.

Freshman guard Devon Wilson led the Tigers in the paint with six rebounds.

The Tigers nailed 12 successful from 3-point range and 12 different players scored in a well-rounded offensive performance.

Alex Harrison led the Raiders with 16 points.

"We executed the way coach has taught us in practice, which is run to our spots on the floor and run to our spaces and come together on defense," Wilson said. "We just need to stick together the whole way. Communicate together and be on the same page, be hungry and fight and get back to the state tournament."

Johnson came out of the gates on fire, hitting all three attempts from beyond the arc in the first quarter and when Fields grabbed a steal and finished the play off with a tomahawk jam the Tigers were up 16-6.

The rout continued into the second quarter as Johnson hit three more attempts from downtown to go along with two Maxwell triples and the Raiders went into the half down 47-23 despite coach Bodenhamer emptying the bench throughout the quarter.

Quavion Harris (34) drills a mid-range jumper during the third quarter in the Tigers' 77-34 win over Spring Hill Tuesday night at Lewisburg.

Fields took over the third quarter with 10 points and five other Tigers contributed to the scoring column to further the lead to 69-31 heading into the final frame.

The fourth period also belonged to the Tiger subs as four players off the bench scored to finish off the Raiders by a 43-point margin.

"We've got five tough games the next two weeks," Bodenhamer said. "We've got Page, next Thursday Cascade, Friday we got Nolensville, Saturday a rematch at Fayette-Ware, then we come back with Giles on Tuesday and Friday at CPA, so we'll see how tough we really are."

Marshall County 20 27 22 8-77

Spring Hill 9 14 8 3-34

Marshall County (77): K.J. Johnson 20, Caleb Fields 14, Donathan Tears 7, Keevon Maxwell 7, Keshun Gentry 5, Lamarcus Dodson 5, Jay Howard 4, D'Andre Brown 4, Quavion Harris 4, Dayveontae Brown 3, Jaleel Howard 2, Andrew Gold 2

3-point goals (12): Johnson 6, Maxwell 2, Fields 2, Gentry, Dodson

Spring Hill (34): Alex Harrison 16, Justin Oden 9, Malachi Young 4, Trent Wilfong 2, Terrell Nunn 2, Brett Ball 1

3-point goals (1): Harrison

Halftime score: Marshall County 47, Spring Hill 23