Tigerettes’ healthy list shrinking

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Kelsey Keiler (21) led the Tigerettes with eight points at Page Tuesday night.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes traveled shorthanded to Page Tuesday night for an important District 12AA contest and the lack of depth cost Lewisburg in a 43-21 defeat.

Starting guard Demariae Ingram suffered a broken collarbone at Spring Hill last week and forward Sydne Solomon injured her knee.

Both players are out for the remainder of the basketball season, but Solomon is hopeful to come back for the start of the softball season in April.

“It’s a big adjustment for us and it’s going to hurt,” Marshall County coach David Steely said. “But people have to step up and play a little better.”

Without the two players, Steely was forced to mix some roles up on the team and Page took advantage of Marshall County’s misfortune to claim the Senior Night win at Rudderville.

The Tigerettes had trouble mustering any offense with their six third quarter points the most in any of the four periods.

“We had a good plan defensively, but we just turned the ball over too many times,” Steely said. “I think we had 11 turnovers the first half and only had 10 shots and when you have more turnovers than shots you are in trouble, so that’s kind of what it was.”

Hannah Davis (24) knocks in a second half rebound for two points in the Tigerettes’ 43-21 loss to the Lady Patriots.

Kelsey Keiler had eight points for team-high honors, while Leah Hollingsworth scored five, Hannah Davis had four, Alli Hobbs added four points, and Zachuriya O’Neal had one field goal.

The Tigerettes led 4-2 at the four minute mark of the first quarter after two free throws by Leah Hollingsworth before Page found its range, outscoring MCHS 9-1 for the remainder of the period.

All nine Lady Patriot points came via 3-pointers by MacKenzie Lane, Faith Wilken, and Lauren Wilker.

Page scored the first two baskets of the second quarter to extend its lead to 15-5 before Keiler made a 3-pointer.

Hobbs came up with a low post basket, but that was the last points the Tigerettes scored in the first half, while the Lady Pats added five additional markers in the scorebook to double up the lead at 20-10.

Five points to start the second half gave Page a 25-10 lead before Keiler and Davis scored on back-to-back possessions for Marshall County, who kept fighting despite the adversity.

An Allison Pack 3-pointer sparked another Page rally as the home team outscored the visiting Tigerettes 14-1 the remainder of the third quarter to lead 34-16, entering the fourth quarter.

An 8-0 run by Page to begin the final period put the game away.

Zachuriya O’Neal (22) goes in for a first half layup in a District 12AA matchup at Page.

The Tigerettes (11-12, 5-6) still have a great opportunity to claim the fourth seed in the upcoming District 12AA Tournament if Page (17-8, 8-2) can beat Nolensville (10-14, 3-7) tonight at home.

Marshall County travels to Nolensville on Valentine’s Day for the final regular season game.

At press time, Giles County (17-7, 9-1) was in first place, CPA (18-5, 8-2) second, Page third, Marshall County fourth, Nolensville fifth, Cascade (5-19, 3-8) sixth and Spring Hill (3-19, 0-10) in last place.

“Luckily we have a week before we play again, so we will be able to get some good practice in and get a better feel for what we want to do,” Steely said. “We will get better by next week.”

Marshall County 5 5 6 5-21

Page 11 9 14 9-43

Marshall County (21): Kelsey Keiler 8, Leah Hollingsworth 5, Hannah Davis 4, Zachuriya O’Neal 2, Alli Hobbs 2

3-point goals (2): Hobbs, Keiler

Free throws (3-for-9): Hollingsworth 2-for-2, Keiler 1-for-3, Hobbs 0-for-2, Davis 0-for-2

Page (43): Faith Wilken 16, Allison Pack 7, Olivia Wilson 6, MacKenzie Lane 5, Peyton Clark 3, Addy Gobble 3, Lauren Wilker 3

3-point goals (5): Clark, Wilkin, Lane, Pack, Wilker

Free throws (12-for-14): Wilson 6-for-6, Lane 3-for-4, Gobble 3-for-4

Halftime score: Page 20, Marshall County 10