Tigerettes rout Culleoka

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Marshall County freshman Karlye Wiser sets up one of her three second half 3-pointers against Culleoka in the Richland Christmas Tournament.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Just 11 days after the Tigerettes beat Culleoka by 27 points at home and less than 24 hours after knocking off Cornersville in the nightcap of the Richland Christmas Tournament, Marshall County (12-2) would once again face the Warriors.

This go around, which started at 9 a.m., featured more of the same as the Tigerettes easily defeated Culleoka (3-10) 63-32 behind a brilliant shooting effort from senior guard Leah Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth, who has been putting up astronomical numbers from beyond the arc this season, torched the Warriors for 24 points after going 8-for-9 from deep.

"I don't really know (what led to the near perfect shooting performance)," Hollingsworth stated. "Of course we played last night and we played so early this morning that we kind of just got on the bus and came."

"I guess it's just the extra shooting, sometimes on weekends and in practice when we dedicate time to shooting just focusing and that creates days like these where the shots just fall," Hollingsworth said. "Just that extra time in the gym."

Claire Woods pulls up for a long jumper over a Culleoka defender.

The Tigerettes jumped on the Warriors from the onset with Claire Woods exploding for nine first quarter points and Hollingsworth knocking down an eye popping, six second quarter triples to give Marshall County a 38-22 lead at the break.

"We played pretty good and we were pretty consistent," MCHS coach David Steely said. "We were a little better defensively the second half. That's what we talked about at halftime was that we shouldn't have given up that many points in the first half."

"We held them to 10 in the second half, so I was pleased with that but obviously Leah shot the ball really good and that makes everything go good when you’re shooting like that," Steely continued.

The second half served as the coming out party for Hollingsworth's replacement as resident sharpshooter freshman Karlye Wiser knocked down three long range bombs to finish with 13 points and 11 coming in the final half.

"We made a lot of shots on offense today but we still need to get better on defense like jumping to the ball, rebounding and boxing out," Wiser explained. "That's one of our big things, but overall we worked good as a team and we click so that helps a lot."

The fourth quarter offered the freshman to get quality time on the court as the game was well out of reach for the Warriors and the Tigerettes finished up the non-district portion of the schedule ready to compete for a league crown.

"I feel good about the first half of the season," Steely said. "12-2 going in and we lost by two to Lawrence County and three to Huntland. Man, sometimes I think about it and we could be 14-0, but 12-2 is still great and basketball is not an undefeated thing."

"You don't go undefeated in basketball very often and you just have to take those losses," Steely added. "We didn't play as well as we could have against Huntland, but sometimes losses teach you some things. We open up district play at home against Community and we want to take it one game at a time."

Marshall County took on Community at home on Tuesday and Murfreesboro Central Magnet in Lewisburg on Friday before going on the road for five straight days.

Marshall County 17 21 12 13- 63

Culleoka 7 15 7 3-32

Marshall County (63): Leah Hollingsworth 24, Karlye Wiser 13, Claire Woods 13, Kelsey Keiler 7, Demarie Ingram 5, Alexia Udell 1.

3-Point Goals (12): Hollingsworth 8, Wiser 3, Ingram.

Culleoka (32): Breanna Dickson 8, Kayla Harris 7, Kaitlyn Young 6, Rayann Adamson 6, Katie Primm 3, Madison Ingram 2.

3-Point Goals (3): Young 2, Harris.

Halftime Score: Marshall County 38, Culleoka 22.