Tigerettes rout Columbia Central
The Marshall County Tigerettes are off to a solid start on the new season as they won their third game in a row via a 53-18 drubbing over Columbia Central Monday night at the Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.
Karlye Wiser led all scorers in the contest with 18 points, all coming from behind the 3-point arc.
“We came out real hot to start with,” Marshall County coach David Steely said. “Karlye got us going with some quick 3’s and we jumped on them pretty quick and from that point on, winning was never in doubt.”
After a drive to the hoop by Demariae Ingram to start the contest, Wiser nailed three consecutive long bombs to open up an 11-0 lead and the Tigerettes never looked back.
Kelsey Keiler, who had 12 points in the game, scored the next four points on a pull-up jumper in the lane and two free throws to make it 15-0.
The Lady Lions finally got on the scoreboard on two Kimmie Jobe free throws with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter and that was the only points Columbia Central garnered in the opening period.
Dionna Crutcher scored a late bucket for MCHS as they took a 17-2 lead to the second quarter.
The Tigerettes suffered a temporary cold spell as they only had one free throw until Keiler scored in the low post with just over three minutes left in the first half.
Columbia’s only points were three free throws up to the Keiler bucket and the Lady Lions scored their first field goal on a Jobe basket with 2:45 remaining in the second quarter to make it 20-6.
Wiser nailed another 3-pointer before Braylynn Dailey made one of two from the free throw line for Columbia and the first half ended on a Kimberlyn Greer rebound and put-back, followed by an Ingram steal and score at the buzzer to give the Tigerettes a huge 27-8 halftime lead.
The Tigerettes kept the pressure on to begin the second half as Crutcher drilled a 3-pointer and after a Columbia Central turnover, Crutcher hit one of two from the free throw line to make it a 31-8 contest.
A Dailey basket brought the Lady Lions into double figures before the Tigerettes took off again with a 10-0 run that was capped off on back-to-back Wiser treys to open up a 41-10 lead with 3:22 left in the third quarter.
“Karlye can shoot the ball, but she is a sophomore and there will be nights where instead of making six, she only makes one or two,” Steely said. “We are going to need a little bit more, we need some balance and we have been doing pretty good with that with Kelsey and Demariae scoring some and Dionna Crutcher too.”
Jobe scored for the Lady Lions to bust up the streak, but Keiler came up with back-to-back baskets and the third period ended on an Ingram steal and feed to Crutcher for a score to give MCHS a 47-12 lead, entering the fourth quarter with a running clock due to the TSSAA 35-point mercy rule.
“Kelsey is our calming force and our most consistent player and we need her out there,” Steely said. “The one game this year where she and Demarie got into foul trouble we didn’t look too good.”
Greer knocked down a low post bucket at the start of the fourth quarter and the Tigerettes cruised to the win.
The Tigerettes (5-1) host 2017-2018 Class A state runner-up Summertown (4-1) Saturday night at 6 p.m. and Lawrence County on Tuesday.
“We are 5-1 right now and I’m pretty pleased and I’m pretty happy,” Steely said. “We have the program back to a position to where we can win games and we do win games, but we have to play a lot better Saturday night when Summertown comes in.”
Marshall County will not play a Region 12-AA contest until January 8, 2019 when they travel to Community.
“We just have to consistently get a little bit better and win some games to keep our confidence up because the district season is going to be tough this year,” Steely said. “Everybody is pretty good and there will be a lot of close battles and you will have to come to play every night.”
Columbia Central 2 6 4 6-18
Marshall County 17 10 20 6-53
Columbia Central (18): Kimmie Jobe 6, Imya Hill 6, Braylynn Dailey 5, Azhinaye Barner 1.
Free Throws (5-for-16): Jobe 2-for-2, Dailey 2-for-6, Barner 1-for-4, Karma Hunt 0-for-1, Hill 0-for-1, Sophonia Choy 0-for-2.
Three-point Goals (2): Hill 2.
Marshall County (53): Karlye Wiser 18, Kelsey Keiler 12, Dionna Crutcher 10, Demariae Ingram 5, Kimberlyn Greer 4, Sydney Tidwell 2, Ma’Liyah Canty 2.
Free Throws (4-for-6): Keiler 2-for-2, Ingram 1-for-2, Crutcher 1-for-2.
Three-point Goals (7): Wiser 6, Crutcher 1.
Halftime Score: Marshall County 27, Columbia Central 8.