Tigerettes celebrate state title team in style

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The 2008 State Champion Tigerettes and managers pose with this year’s squad that beat Harpeth Hall 48-20 Friday night at Lewisburg.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes wanted to make a big impression on the 2008 state champion team being honored Friday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

“We wanted to impress them because we knew they were the state champions and we wanted to show them we are following the tradition,” MCHS junior Demariae Ingram said.

Impress they did as 2017-2018 Tigerettes demolished visiting Harpeth Hall 48-20.

And it was Ingram who led Marshall County out of the blocks, scoring all nine of her points in the game in the opening period.

“We thought it was going to be a tough game, but once we got into the hang of things we just realized we had to stay focused,” Ingram said. “For me, it’s easier once I start out shooting well, than I can be more confident.”

Alli Hobbs knocks in a layup in the first quarter for the Tigerettes, who beat Harpeth Hall 48-20.

Marshall County took a 12-6 lead to the second period and made a big statement, holding the Honeybears to one point on defense and scoring 15 on offense to take a commanding 27-7 lead at the half.

Kelsey Keiler, coming back from illness still did not feel that great, but she spurred the Tigerettes in the second quarter with eight of her game-high 12 points in the stanza.

“It’s real important when she is in the lineup, she stabilizes us and gives us good things on both ends of the court,” MCHS coach David Steely said. “She is still a little weak.”

“She got real tired from not eating or drinking over the last four or five days, but she still led us in scoring, did a lot of good things and she just helps us quite a bit.”

Mary Johnson, who scored 10 points to lead the Honeybears, had five points in the third quarter as the squads played to an even 7-7 tie in the period.

Sydney Tidwell buries a late 3-pointer for MCHS in their big win over Harpeth Hall.

Steely inserted the youngsters in the fourth quarter and they shined with tradition as freshmen Karlye Wiser had five of her seven points in the period and Wiser’s classmates Claire Woods and Sydney Tidwell nailed 3-pointers as the Tigerettes cruised to the 18-point victory.

“We played pretty good tonight, we shot the ball well,” Steely said. “Even though Leah (Hollingsworth) didn’t shoot as well as we would have liked, as a team we got a lot of contributions from a lot of different people.”

The Tigerettes (10-2) beat Culleoka last night and won’t be back on the hardwood until December 28 and 29 when they play in the Richland Christmas Tournament.

“It was ton of fun, all the girls really enjoyed seeing each other and me and coach (Boyd) West enjoyed seeing each other and being with the all the girls again,” Steely said. “Back in the room we had barbeque and food, but just telling stories one after another…everybody was and all the parents came back, it was just a lot of fun seeing everybody.”

Harpeth Hall 6 1 7 6-20

MCHS 12 15 7 14-48

Harpeth Hall (20): Mary Johnson 10, Camden Johnson 4, Tori McDermott 2, Lee Lee Denton 2, Joile Guinn 1, Sela Andrews 1

3-point Goals (3): Mary Johnson 2, Camden Johnson

Free Throws (3-for-8): Guinn 1-for-2, Andrews 1-for-2, Camden Johnson 1-for-2, Taylor McDermott 0-for-2

MCHS (48): Kelsey Keiler 12, Demariae Ingram 9, Karley Wiser 7, Leah Hollingsworth 5, Alli Hobbs 4, Claire Woods 3, Sydney Tidwell 3, Alexia Udell 2, Hannah Davis 2, Kiara Esparza 1

3-point Goals (3): Hollingsworth, Tidwell, Woods

Free Throws (10-for-17): Keiler 3-for-5, Ingram 3-for-6, Hobbs 2-for-2, Esparza 1-for-2, Wiser 1-for-2

Halftime Score: MCHS 27, Harpeth Hall 7