Tigerettes fall to Nolensville in D12-AA semifinal
The Marshall County Tigerettes came into Thursday night’s District 12-AA semifinal at Giles County versus Nolensville riding a three-game win streak, including a 38-32 win over the Lady Knights on February 6.
This time, Nolensville turned the tables on MCHS and won by seven points 66-59 to advance to the tournament title game versus Community on Saturday where they lost to the Viqueens 49-39.
Nolensville put the Tigerettes in deep hole in the first quarter and no matter how hard they tried (and they did) Marshall County could not dig their way out and never led in the game.
The Lady Knights jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game and the Tigerettes did not score until the 2:15 mark of the first period when Leah Hollingsworth hit two free throws.
Sydney Mickulin came back with a 3-pointer for Nolensville and the first quarter ended on a Hannah Davis drive to the hoop to make it 13-4.
Nolensville, sparked by the inside play of Zoe Pillar took a 20-7 lead and went on to up it to 14 points at 28-14 following a Grace Baird 3-pointer with 2:05 remaining in the first half.
After a Marshall County timeout, the Tigerettes dug in when they put together an 8-0 run behind back-to-back Hollingsworth 3-pointers and trailed 28-22 at the intermission.
Hollingsworth picked up where she left off by draining a trey to start the second half and after a Nolensville basket, Demariae Ingram followed one possession later with a short jumper, slicing the deficit to three points.
The Lady Knights surged again with an 8-3 spurt to increase their lead to 38-30, but the Tigerettes fought back with a 10-2 run behind a three-point play in the paint by Davis and two more Hollingsworth treys to tie the game at 40-40.
Two free throws by Pillar and one by Alli Hobbs made it a one-point game, entering the final eight minutes of play.
Nolensville took a five-point lead a short time later before MCHS tied the game for the last time at 48 after a Claire Woods 3-pointer and two Kelsey Keiler free throws with 4:54 remaining in the contest.
The Tigerettes kept fighting and kept it close until Nolensville put the game away and led by 10 points at 62-52.
From there the Lady Knights secured the win and a spot in the district title game.
Marshall County (20-9) picked up its 20th win of the season in Saturday night’s consolation game win over Forrest and the Tigerettes travel to Stewart County (23-5) in Friday night’s Region 6-AA opener.
Marshall County had three players in double figures in the contest with Hollingsworth leading the way with 17 points, while Davis netted 16 and Keiler tallied 10.
Ingram and Woods finished with six points apiece, Hobbs had three and Karlye Wiser netted one marker.
Pillar led all scorers in the game with 24 points and Baird was also in double figures with 15.
Marshall County 4 18 19 18-59
Nolensville 13 15 14 14-66
Marshall County (59): Leah Hollingsworth 17, Hannah Davis 16, Kelsey Keiler 10, Demariae Ingram 6, Claire Woods 6, Alli Hobbs 3, Karlye Wiser 1.
Free Throws (12-for-18): Davis 4-for-6, Keiler 4-for-5, Hollingsworth 2-for-3, Hobbs 1-for-2, Wiser 1-for-2.
3-Point goals (7): Hollingsworth 5, Woods 2.
Nolensville (66): Zoe Pillar 24, Grace Baird 15, Sydney Mickulin 8, Addie Keen 8, Parker Leftwich 6, Izzy Phillips 4.
Free Throws (24-for-27): Baird 7-for-7, Leftwich 4-for-7, Pillar 6-for-6, Mickulin 3-for-3, Phillips 2-for-2, Keen 2-for-2.
3-Point goals (3): Baird 2, Mickulin.
Halftime Score: Nolensville 28, Marshall County 22.