Tigers get revenge on Cascade
Most Marshall County fans won't soon forget the Tigers’ heartbreaking seven-point loss to Cascade last season on Pink Out Night where the outcome was heavily influenced by questionable refereeing, which ultimately resulted in several ejections and a two-game suspension for MCHS coach Arnett Bodenhamer in the thick of district play.
And after losing a two-point decision on a last second Haden Edmonson bucket just over two weeks ago in Wartrace, the Tigers had multiple reasons to take home a big Senior Night win over the Champions.
"We knew from the very beginning we had to go out and get revenge on them," senior shooting guard Keevon Maxwell, who had six points on two 3-pointers, said. "We didn't go out in a good way last year and we weren't going to let that happen again, especially on senior night."
Much like the Giles County win last week the Tigers started out hot and never gave Cascade much of a chance for the rest of the game before winning going away, 64-47.
"Senior night. Pretty special. I remember my senior night and it was special," Bodenhamer said. "These guys deserved it tonight. Those seven guys (seniors) have been playing together for a long time and I'm proud of them."
The Tigers got big games from junior point guard Caleb Fields with 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals and Jay Howard with a great all-around game of 10 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, two steals, and two assists.
Tre Crutcher added 13 points and four rebounds and D'Andre Brown stepped back on the court after a two-game absence to chip in four points, five rebounds, and three assists.
"Seemed like everyone was kind of hyped up being that it was senior night," Brown said. "Being that we all came out trying to play for one person, my daddy, seemed like everyone played off that energy, like we're gonna get this by any means."
K.J. Johnson and Tre Crutcher started off the game with baskets for an early 8-4 lead and after a Cascade bucket trimmed the lead to two, Maxwell drained a triple with 38 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
Edmonson started off the second period with a jumper to cut the lead to 15-11 but D'Andre Brown knocked down a 3-pointer for an 18-11 lead.
With two minutes remaining in the first half, Crutcher hit the first of two free throws and got his own rebound on the second and calmly stroked a triple to push the Tiger lead to 26-15.
Johnson scored on a layup and knocked down a 3-pointer on the subsequent possession to extend the lead to 31-15 with 1:29 left in the half, but the Champions mounted a comeback starting with a Seth Gardner three that whittled the lead down to 33-20.
Edmonson received a gift from the referee on the final possession of the half while throwing a Hail Mary shot from beyond half court and collecting a foul.
Edmonson knocked down all three free throws to go into halftime down 10 points at 33-23.
The Champions further chipped away at the lead getting as close as seven, but Maxwell answered with a triple on the next possession to push the lead back to 10.
Howard provided the play of the game on the next possession when the senior forward grabbed a rebound and threw a side-armed touchdown pass to a streaking Crutcher who nailed the layup while drawing a foul.
Crutcher knocked down the foul shot to extend the lead to 45-31 and all but ending the Champion's comeback hopes.
"We were determined not to let the referees interfere with the game or everything outside the game to interfere with our game," Brown said. "So we just played the way were supposed to play and everything fell into place."
The Tigers turn its attention to one-win Spring Hill on Friday before finishing off the season with road contests at Page and Nolensville while chasing the number two seed in the District 12AA Tournament.
"The goal is to have three more home games," Bodenhamer said. "First round of the district, first round of the region, and the sectional. I don't care anyway it goes, we'll go away if we have to but we would rather be at home."
Cascade 9 14 11 13-47
Marshall County 15 18 12 19-64
Cascade (47): Seth Gardner 15, Jaden Chumley 11, Hayden Edmonson 11, Braden Heath 4, Steele Carter 4, Quay Allen 2
3-point goals (2): Edmonson, Gardner
Marshall County (64): Caleb Fields 15, Tre Crutcher 13, Jay Howard 10, K.J. Johnson 10, Keevon Maxwell 6, Donathan Tears 6, D'Andre Brown 4
3-point goals (7): Johnson 2, Crutcher 2, Maxwell 2, Brown
Halftime score: Marshall County 33, Cascade 23.