Hollingsworth guns down Lady Lions

Friday, December 15, 2017
Leah Hollingsworth poured in 30 points, including seven 3-pointers Tuesday night in a 50-34 win over Columbia.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

On Friday night, Huntland caged up Leah Hollingsworth, holding her to just two free throws.

Tuesday the Tigerette senior shooting guard broke out in a big way, scoring a game-high 30 points, including all seven of Marshall County’s 3-pointers in a 50-34 win over archrival Columbia Central at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

“Leah had 30 points tonight and we needed those points to be able to pull away,” Marshall County coach David Steely said. “Offensively she played well, but we have to play better to beat the teams in our district.”

After a sluggish first quarter won by the Tigerettes 8-7, Hollingsworth went off with 13 out of the 19 points scored by Marshall County in the second period.

Hollingsworth banged home three 3-pointers in the quarter as the Tigerettes opened up a 10-point, 27-17 lead at the half.

Marshall County refused to let the Lady Lions back in the game as Hollingsworth remained with the hot hand in the third period, scoring eight points with two more 3-pointers.

Demarie Ingram, who scored 12 points in the game had a third quarter bucket as did Alli Hobbs in the low post.

Hannah Davis pulled down 11 rebounds for the Tigerettes in their big win Columbia.

The Tigerettes were without Kelsey Keiler, who was too sick to play, but Hannah Davis picked up the slack with an 11-rebound game and scored four points.

A steal and score by Columbia’s Kimmie Jobe cut the Marshall County lead to 10 points to start the fourth quarter and gave the Lady Lions some hope, but the Tigerettes picked up the pace on the defensive end and Columbia did not score again for over three minutes.

Meanwhile, Hollingsworth kept firing away as she hit two more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Tigerettes cruised to the 16-point win.

“It’s always good to beat Columbia and we got both of them tonight, so that’s a big night for Lewisburg,” Steely said.

The Tigerettes (8-2) take on MBA tonight in Lewisburg and at halftime of the boy’s game, the 2008 state champion Tigerettes will be honored.

“I’m looking forward to that, almost every girl will be here,” Steely said. “I’m looking forward to seeing them, I haven’t seen them all together at the same time since 2008. I hope we can give them a good game and show them Tigerette tradition and let them see that we are back to playing good basketball again.”

Columbia 7 10 11 6-34

MCHS 8 19 14 9-50

Columbia (34): Jenice Bailey 16, Nakoya Hayes 11, Kimmie Jobe 6, Zaria Hall 3

3-point Goals (3): Bailey 2, Hall

Free Throws (3-for-11): Jobe 1-for-5, Hayes 1-for-4, Bailey 1-for-2

MCHS (50): Leah Hollingsworth 30, Demarie Ingram 12, Hannah Davis 4, Claire Woods 2, Alli Hobbs 2

3-point Goals (7): Hollingsworth 7

Free Throws (11-for-17): Ingram 6-for-6, Davis 2-for-2, Woods 2-for-2, Hollingsworth 1-for-2, Karlye Wiser 0-for-1

Halftime Score: MCHS 27, Columbia 17