Tigers dismantle Nolensville in 12AA clash
Following a tough overtime loss can be difficult, especially the very next day, but the Marshall County Tigers overcame the setback at Wartrace on Thursday night with a big 75-37 coast-to-coast blowout win over Nolensville at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium on Friday.
KJ Johnson continued his stellar sophomore season for the Tigers with a 27-point performance versus the Knights, including five out of the nine 3-pointers for Marshall County in the contest.
"It was very important to come off that overtime loss last night and get our confidence back up," Johnson said. "We picked it up from last night, played better defense than last night and we came up with a team win."
Ten Tiger players posted points in the scorebook with Jay Howard tallying 11, Lamarcus Dodson had 8, Keevon Maxwell 6, Quavion Harris and Caleb Fields scored four, Andrew Gold and Dayveonte Brown had three, and Keshum Gentry and Donathon Tears added two points apiece.
"This was a really important win because we were 2-3 in the district and we couldn't afford to lose any more district games," Fields said. "We have to play every game like that, picking up the intensity and playing fast all the time."
Howard and Nolensville's leading scorer in the game Nate Bloedorn (18 pts.) traded buckets to start the contest before Johnson hit a short jumper to give the Tigers the lead for good.
Johnson hit another trey later on in the period to make it a 13-5 contest and the first period ended on a Lamarcus Dodson rebound and put-back, doubling up the score at 18-9.
Gentry recorded his only field goal of the game at the outset of the second period before Bloedorn scored four straight points to cut the MCHS lead to seven points.
Maxwell followed with a long 3-pointer that started a 9-0 Tiger run that was capped by a Fields field goal, extending the Marshall County lead to 16 points at 29-13 midway through the stanza.
The Tigers poured it on from downtown as Johnson drilled two treys and Dayveonte Brown hit a 3-pointer near the end of the first half that concluded with the Tigers on top 44-23.
Marshall County put the pedal to the mettle in the third quarter, putting Nolensville away for good as they outscored the Knights 21-7 to take a dominating 65-30 lead to the fourth quarter.
Freshman Andrew Gold got into the high flying Tiger act when he banged home a 3-pointer to start the final eight minutes and Marshall County (11-8, 3-3) cruised to the win from there.
MCHS lost a non-region matchup 54-50 at Fayette Ware on Saturday.
The Tigers turned their sights to a pair of big road games as the traveled to Giles County (12-6, 2-3) yesterday to face the Bobcats in search of avenging a one-point loss at Pulaski earlier in the season.
On Friday, the Tigers travel to District 12AA first place CPA (13-4, 6-0) where they will try to break a 10-game district losing streak to the Lions.
"We just have to take every game one at a time and focus on getting a win every time and we will be alright," Johnson said.
Nolensville 9 14 7 7-37
Marshall County 18 26 21 10-75
Nolensville (37): Nate Bloedorn 18, Reece Gilbert 7, Brandon Wharton 7, Jayden Watkins 3, Andrew Neuhaus 2
3-point goals (1): Watkins
Free throws (2-for-4): Gilbert 1-for-2, Wharton 1-for-2
Marshall County (75): KJ Johnson 27, Jay Howard 16, Lamarcus Dodson 8, Keevon Maxwell 6, Quavion Harris 4, Caleb Fields 4, Andrew Gold 3, Dayveonte Brown 3, Keshum Gentry 2, Donathon Tears 2
Three-point goals (9): Johnson 5, Maxwell 2, Gold, Dayveonte Brown
Free throws (5-for-16): Johnson 5-for-6, D'Andre Brown 0-for-4, Fields 0-for-2, Maxwell 0-for-2, Tears 0-for-2
Halftime Score: Marshall County 44, Nolensville 23