Tigerettes bounce back with blowout win

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Leah Hollingsworth watches the interior while the Tigerettes set up on offense against new district opponent Murfreesboro Central.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County girls squad opened up District 12-AA play last Tuesday with a shocking last second, home loss to new opponent Community (8-7, 1-0) and returned to the court on Thursday night against Murfreesboro Central (3-12, 0-2) looking to right the ship.

And just the way Tigerette coach David Steely would like it, his girls jumped out of the gate with a 29-15 halftime lead and were never really challenged, cruising to a 52-29 district win.

"We talked a lot the past two days about are we gonna let that loss motivate us and make us hungry to get back out on the floor or are we going to pout about it," Steely said. "So I was glad to move the game up a day because that was one less day waiting to get back out there."

The Tigerettes (13-3, 1-1) have lost three games by a total of six points, but the win over Central puts Marshall County right back in the hunt with a big contest against Forrest on the horizon.

"We had worked the last two days really not about what (Central) was going to do, a lot less of that than we normally do, we just had to work on us," Steely explained. "Really trying to get it to the post more and trying to give them a few more shots."

"Which we did a good job of tonight," Steely added. "We were able to hurt them inside scoring and rebounding and just executing a little bit better there. Overall it kind of went the way we planned for it to go defensively in terms of taking certain things away. So I was pretty pleased with the overall effort and the way we played."

Sophomore post Hannah Davis came up with another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and senior post Alli Hobbs chipped in five points and eight rebounds as the Tigerette inside game becomes more and more effective as the season progresses.

"We had the lead the whole game (against Unionville), so we feel we should have won and so yesterday we had a great practice, everybody was all in, sickness and everything," Hobbs said. "Tonight we knew there couldn't be any slipups and we were getting down to business because we knew the last game was a mess and we wanted to redeem ourselves and get that bad taste out of our mouths."

Demarie Ingram led the Tigerettes with 15 points and handed out three assists, while Leah Hollingsworth chipped in eight points including two second half 3-pointers.

Kelsey Keiler looks into the low post against Murfreesboro Central. The Tigerettes' twin towers of Alli Hobbs and Hannah Davis combined for 17 points and 22 rebounds to win the battle in the paint.

The first quarter featured a total team effort as Davis started hot with six points, Ingram added four, and Keiler added three with Hollingsworth chipping in two, but Central's Kathryn Hays kept the visitors in the game with two early triples.

Marshall County kept its balanced scoring going in the second frame with Ingram scoring five points, Keiler with four, and Claire Woods adding three to push the lead to 29-15 at the break.

Central outscored the blue and white 10-9 in the third period behind five Natalie Anderson points, but the Tigerettes finally put the game in the books with a 14-4 fourth quarter edge led by four more Davis points to along with four other Marshall County players adding buckets.

The Tigerettes (13-3, 1-1) take off on a five-game road trip with crucial road games against Forrest (10-6, 1-1), Giles County (6-8, 1-1), Community (8-7, 1-0), Nolensville (13-4, 2-0) and a rematch against Central (3-12, 0-2) in Murfreesboro.

Marshall County 15 14 9 14-52

Murfreesboro Central 8 7 10 4-29

Marshall County (52): Demarie Ingram 15, Hannah Davis 12, Leah Hollingsworth 8, Kelsey Keiler 7, Alli Hobbs 5, Claire Woods 3, D. Crutcher 2.

3-Point Goals (1): Hollingsworth.

Central (29): Kathryn Hays 9, Abigail Sandman 9, Natalie Anderson 7, Caroline Dykes 2, Sydney Copeland 2.

3-Point Goals (3): Hays 3.

Halftime Score: Marshall County 29 Murfreesboro Central 15.