Tigerettes down Cascade in District 12AA clash
Marshall County finished off last week with two losses by a combined 14 points against the number one and two teams in District 12AA and started off the week with a disappointing 37-point loss against 3A Lawrence County on Monday night.
The following night provided the Tigerettes a chance to wipe the bad taste of three consecutive losses out of its mouth with a senior night game against Cascade (4-18, 2-7).
Marshall County (10-11, 4-5) took that opportunity to get back on track and stay in the thick of the district race with a 51-36 win that was ultimately decided by the end of the first half with Marshall County in the lead, 28-14.
"We took control from the beginning and that was what we kind of talked about before the game," Tigerette coach David Steely said. "We set a different tone tonight than we set last night against Lawrence County."
"We jumped out on them 11-0 pretty fast and were able to control the game after that," Steely continued. "But I was pleased with our effort and intensity. Overall we played a good game tonight."
The Tigerettes were led once again by the hot shooting from junior Leah Hollingsworth, who knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half to finish with 14 points and another stellar performance from freshman Kelsey Keiler with 10 points.
Demariae Ingram chipped in seven points and eight rebounds and Hannah Davis six points and three rebounds.
“We all know that Cascade is a big rival and we knew it was a monumental game in the season for us," Hollingsworth, who scored all 14 points in the first half, said.
"We all went in with a lot of focus and the right mindset, which I think is what contributed so much to how well we did."
Cascade was led by Grace Jackson with 14 points on three 3-pointers.
The Tigerettes jumped out fast on the Champions behind five points each by Hollingsworth and Keiler and led 14-3 heading into the second period.
Cascade opened the second period up with a Keeley Sutton bucket to bring the lead to within single digits, but Keiler answered with a basket and a free throw before Hollingsworth dropped two straight long range bombs to push the lead to 23-5 three minutes into quarter.
Sydne Solomon extended the lead to 25-5 with 3:50 left in the period with a steal and a pull-up jumper on the other end before the Champions broke the drought with a three-point play from Corie McAnolly and an Ally Murdock triple to bring the lead down to 25-11 with 38 seconds left in the half.
Instead of going into halftime after cutting the lead down to 14 points, Hollingsworth drained a trifecta at the buzzer to push the lead back to 17.
The carnage continued as Ingram grabbed a steal and scored a layup with 3:32 left in the third quarter and Davis scored on a drive to the bucket for a 36-13 lead on the next possession.
Jackson finally provided some relief for the Champions on the next possession with a three to trim the lead to 36-16 with 2:49 in the third, but the basket was too little too late and Tigerettes headed into a key game at Spring Hill on Friday with its fourth district win of the season.
Marshall County takes on one-win Spring Hill before ending its season with two road games at Page and Nolensville, but Hollingsworth knows that at this point in the season the Tigerettes are not overlooking the Lady Raiders.
"Coach Steely always tells us that a team's record doesn't matter because if we don't respect them and play as hard as we can, anyone can beat us," the junior shooting guard explained. "We all know that we have a pretty good chance of beating Spring Hill but we never underestimate anyone. We know that it's crucial to keep doing all the little things right if we want to win."
Cascade 3 8 7 17-35
Marshall Co. 14 14 13 10-51
Cascade (35): Grace Jackson 14, Brooke Sudduth 6, Corie McAnolly 3, Ally Murdock 3, Rylee Freeman 3, Bailey Sudduth 2, Keeley Sutton 2, Delaney Vaught 2
3-point goals (5): Jackson 3, Freeman, Murdock
Marshall County (51): Leah Hollingsworth 14, Kelsey Keiler 10, Demarie Ingram 7, Hannah Davis 6, Sydne Solomon 5, Angelica Bishop 3, Alli Hobbs 2, Zachuriya O'Neal 2, Alexia Udell 2
3-point goals (4): Hollingsworth
Halftime score: Marshall County 28, Cascade 11