Lady Hornets sting Tigerettes

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Kelsey Keiler led the Tigerettes with 16 points Friday night versus the Lady Hornets.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

After winning seven games in a row to start the season, the Marshall County Tigerettes suffered two losses in succession, including a hard fought 46-43 setback to Class 1A Huntland Friday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

“It was a close game, maybe the fans enjoyed it, but I can’t say I did, we were pretty much behind the whole game,” MCHS coach David Steely said. ‘We had our chances, but we had too many turnovers and too many bad basketball plays.”

Kelsey Keiler led MCHS (7-2) with 16 points and Demarie Ingram added 12 for the Tigerettes, while Caylee McClennan and Mikayla Edwards tossed in 16 points apiece for the Lady Hornets (5-3).

Demarie Ingram (15) drives to the hoop in the second half for the Tigerettes, who fell 46-43 to Huntland.

Huntland came into the contest with the game plan to stop MCHS’ top scorer Leah Hollingsworth and they accomplished the mission, holding the senior standout to a pair of first quarter free throws.

“I knew they were going to do that, because we played them at camp and she shot it real well,” Steely said. “They were real physical with us, we have to respond better physically inside and even on our drives.”

“The referees let us play tonight both ways and we didn’t respond well, but we still had our chances.”

The Lady Hornets also had a big edge from the 3-point stripe, making seven long bombs while the Tigers managed zero.

Marshall County stayed in the game by dominating the inside as Keiler, Alli Hobbs and Hannah Davis owned the backboards.

The game was close the entire way as Huntland led 8-7 after the first quarter and by one point late in the first half until back-to-back buckets by Keiler and Davis made it a 19-16 ballgame in favor of MCHS.

The lead was short-lived as Micayla Edwards scored for the Lady Hornets and Caylee McClennan added a 3-pointer near the buzzer to give Huntland a 21-19 lead at the half.

Huntland started the second half with a 5-0 run to go up by seven points before the Tigerettes slowly clawed their way back, cutting the lead to two points at 30-28 on an Ingram bucket.

The two squads traded baskets, but a long 3-pointer by Huntland’s Brooklyn Morris made it a 35-30 contest entering the fourth quarter.

Ingram and Keiler scored on back-to-back trips down the floor for MCHS to make it a one-point game until Huntland went on another mini-run to lead by six points at 40-34.

The Tigerettes hung tough and eventually cut the lead back to two points late at 44-42 on a Davis rebound and put-back with 20 seconds remaining in the contest.

The MCHS comeback was nullified as Huntland made 3-of-4 free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.

The Tigerettes have several games until the New Year when the schedule becomes district orientated with 10 consecutive District 12AA contests in a row, beginning on January 9, 2018 versus Community at Lewisburg.

“We have some games left and several days there at Christmas where we will go into the gym and practice on getting better individually with our skills,” Steely said. “This is all about getting better, getting better and district will be here soon enough. We will be better in January than we are now, I promise you.”

Huntland 8 13 14 11-46

MCHS 7 12 11 13-43

Huntland (36): Caylee McClennan 16, Mikayla Edwards 16, Kara Smith 9, Brooklyn Morris 3, Camille Bland 2

3-point goals (7): Edwards 4, McClennan 2, Morris 1

Free Throws (5-for-9): Smith 5-for-7, Morris 0-for-2

MCHS (43): Kelsey Keiler 16, Demarie Ingram 12, Hannah Davis 6, Alli Hobbs 4, Leah Hollingsworth 2, Claire Woods 2

3-point Goals: (0)

Free Throws: (15-for-22): Keiler 9-for-12, Hollingsworth 2-for-2, Ingram 2-for-4, Woods 2-for-4

Halftime Score: Huntland 21, MCHS 19