Lady Cats roll over Tigerettes

Friday, February 3, 2017
Sydne Solomon (32) goes up for a tough rebound and put-back in the Tigerettes' 60-23 lopsided loss to Lawrence County Monday at Lewisburg. Tribune Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes, coming off back-to-back District 12AA losses, entertained Class 3A Lawrence County Monday at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg and the Lady Wildcats (22-3, 8-1) handed Lewisburg its worst defeat of the season, 60-23.

"They (Lawrence County) are good, they are 22-3 now and they are that for a reason," Marshall County coach David Steely said. "Losing that bad was disappointing, but we didn't come to play tonight, we didn't come with any intensity and we didn't give great effort on the floor."

Marshall County (9-11, 3-5) did not break the double digit mark in scoring in any of the four quarters, didn't make a 3-pointer, and went 7-for-17 from the free throw line in the dismal loss they would like to soon forget.

"It's disappointing because it's getting to the end of the year and we had an opportunity to compete and get better against a very good basketball team and that was a letdown," Steely said.

It's back to serious business this week as the District 12AA fourth-place Tigerettes face three league games in a row that will decide the seeding for the upcoming district tournament that begins on February 16 at Page.

Marshall County hosted Cascade (4-17, 2-6) last night before taking off on a two-game road trip at Spring Hill (1-17, 0-6) Friday night and at Page (13-8, 5-2) on Tuesday, February 7.

"The good thing is in less than 24 hours we are back at it again and we have an opportunity to prove that we do know how to play better than that, play harder than that and we will come out tomorrow night and try to do that again," Steely said.

The Tigerettes were never in the game Monday night as they fell behind 5-0 and never caught up as Lawrence County led 12-4 after the first quarter and increased the margin to 20 points by halftime.

The hot shooting Lady Wildcats led 54-21 and invoked the 35-point mercy rule by the end of three quarters.

Twelve players etched points in the scorebook for Lawrence County with Kenzie Doss leading the way with 12 points, all coming on 3-pointers.

Taylor Clark scored 11 and Malori Dorning was also in double figures with 11 points for the Lady Cats, who buried ten 3-pointers in the contest and went 9-for-13 from the free throw line.

Zachuriya O'Neal led all scorers in the contest with 13 and was the lone player in double figures for the Tigerettes.

Sydne Solomon added six points and Leah Hollingsworth and Hannah Davis rounded out the scoring for MCHS with two points apiece.

Lawrence County 12 21 21 6-60

Marshall County 4 9 8 2-23

Lawrence County (60): Kenzie Doss 12, Taylor Clark 11, Malori Dorning 10, Emma Willis 8, Sara Brown 3, Josie Brewer 3, Kenzie Adkins 3, Chloe Moore 2, Macy Black 2, Gracie Judkins 2, Caroline Counce 2, Harper Brewer 2

3-point goals (10): Doss 4, Dorning 2, Willis, Brown, Clark, Adkins

Free throws (9-for-13): Brewer 3-for-4, Clark 3-for-6, Moore 2-for-2, Willis 1-for-1

Marshall County (23): Zachuriya O'Neal 13, Sydne Solomon 6, Leah Hollingsworth 2, Hannah Davis 2

Free throws (7-for-17): O'Neal 3-for-6, Hollingsworth 2-for-4, Solomon 2-for-4, Davis 0-for-3

Halftime score: Lawrence County 33, Marshall County 13