Tigers beat Page, clinch second place in 12AA
The up and down Marshall County Tigers have found a late season groove after traveling to Page Tuesday night where they won their third game in a row with a tough 73-63 win over the Patriots.
The outcome was huge for the Tigers, who clinched the second seed in the upcoming District 12AA Tournament that begins on Thursday, February 16 when Marshall County will host a first round satellite game.
“Coach (Arnett Bodenhamer) gave us a real good playbook and we just followed it the whole game,” MCHS senior Jay Howard said. “Everything they did on film converted into the game and we keyed down, locked in and did what we needed to do to win the game.”
After the first round, the remainder of the tournament is at Page.
Both squads came to play Tuesday night and the first eight minutes was much like the remainder of the game, neck and neck the entire way with MCHS taking a 17-15 lead to the second period after Donathan Tears knocked down a rebound on the final possession of the first stanza.
Marshall County’s Keevon Maxwell scored all nine of his points in the game via a trio of 3-pointers in the second quarter and the Tigers needed every one of the long bombs.
After Maxwell’s second trey of the period the Tigers led 23-19 before the Patriots stormed back with a 12-5 run to take a 31-28 lead with 2:50 remaining in the first half.
The Tigers hung tough as Lamarcus Dodson helped out with two free throws and MCHS eventually went ahead 34-33 late before Page’s Danyale James made one of two from the free throw line with 7.7 seconds left, tying the game at 34.
Remarkably, Page let Caleb Fields run free the length of the court for a layup at the buzzer that gave MCHS a 36-34 lead at the break.
KJ Johnson nailed his only 3-pointer of the game to kick off the third quarter and moments later Fields followed with a field goal, giving the Tigers their biggest lead at 41-34.
Marshall County kept the lead the entire third quarter and went into period number four, leading 47-40.
Danyale James led the Pats back by scoring five straight points, including a three-point play to start the fourth quarter, making it a two-point game at 47-45.
Page cut it to one with 6:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers fought back and slowly increased their lead to six points when Tre Crutcher rained home a 3-pointer from the corner, making it 55-49.
A three-point play in the paint by Peyton Wigginton made it a 55-52 ballgame before the Tigers put the pedal to the metal, finishing off the Patriots with an 18-11 run to end the game to claim the victory.
“We say ‘all gas no breaks’ and that’s what we did,” Howard said. “We kept going, converting, converting, converting every time we got in the paint and took smart shots and coach told us to keep going and don’t push on the brake and that’s what we did.”
Fields, who finished with a game-high 22 points, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and turned in a clutch 8-for-9 effort from the free throw line in the final minutes of the contest.
D’Andre Brown (14) and Jay Howard (10) were also in double digits for the Tigers, while Danyale James (17), Darrien James (14) and Wigginton all recorded double figures for the Pats.
The Tigers (15-10, 7-4) finish the regular season slate with a non-district game at Lawrence County on Monday before travelling to Nolensville (8-15, 2-8) on Valentine’s Day.
Marshall County 17 19 11 26-73
Page 15 19 6 23-63
Marshall County (73): Caleb Fields 22, D’Andre Brown 14, Jay Howard 10, Keevon Maxwell 9, KJ Johnson 6, Tre Crutcher 6, Donathon Tears 4, Lamarcus Dodson 2
3-point goals (4): Maxwell 3, Crutcher
Free throws (17-for-23): Fields 8-for-11, Brown 6-for-6, Dodson 2-for-2, Crutcher 1-for-1, Johnson 0-for-3
Page (63): Danyale James 17, Darrien James 14, Peyton Wigginton 13, Trey Haney 6, Nick Burns 4, CJ Bahrke 4, Joshua Ho 3, Brock Nason 2
3-point goals (2): Ho, Danyale James
Free throws (11-for-15): Danyale James 6-for-7, Wigginton 3-for-3, Haney 2-for-2, Will Pierce 0-for-2, Bahrke 0-for-1
Halftime score: Marshall County 36, Page 34