Tigerettes battle with Summertown
To get your team to where it’s making a deep postseason run a consistent basis, the best way to emulate late season pressure and talent is to schedule those attributes in the non-conference slate.
Marshall County coach David Steely has always and continues to do exactly that as evidenced by Saturday night’s home contest against 2017-18 1A runner-up and 2016-17 1A state semifinalist Summertown (6-1).
The Lady Eagles, who lost 47-39 versus Greenfield in the 1A state championship game last season are off on a tear this year, with six wins and the only loss coming to West Tennessee powerhouse and current unbeaten Gibson County.
And for a small amount of time the Tigerettes looked out of their own depth against Summertown, going down 17-7 before slowing things down and trimming the lead to 33-26 at the half.
Marshall County tweaked a few plays at halftime and outscored Summertown 11-7 in the third quarter to trim the lead to three points, but managed just four points in the final period to drop its second game of the season, 50-41.
"Overall we played pretty good actually," Steely said. "We handled their press pretty good.”
“We scrimmaged them earlier and they killed us pressing. So that was a big adjustment,"
On the offensive side of the game, the Tigerettes got double figures from senior Demarie Ingram and sophomore Dionna Crutcher, who both scored 11 points, and also added nine points from sophomore sharpshooter Karlye Wiser, and eight points from senior Kelsey Keiler.
Marshall County looked even better on defense, giving up just 33 points the rest of the game after going down 17-7 in the first quarter.
The Tigerettes tied the Lady Eagles with 33 points each from that point onward.
Marshall County also held Summertown to its second lowest point total of the season, with its lowest being its only loss of the season versus Gibson County with 32 points.
The Eaglettes had five players score in the first quarter with Kaley Campbell and Katie Burdette adding five points each to allow Summertown to jump out to that 17-7 lead.
But Marshall County countered with triples from Wiser and Crutcher, four points from Keiler, and two points each from Sydney Tidwell and Ingram to trim that once ballooning lead back down to 19-14 to start the second quarter.
The two squads went neck and neck in the second period with Haley Johns and Ansley Burleson scoring six each for 12 of the Lady Eagles 14 points, but Marshall County countered with four points from Ingram and once again Wiser and Crutcher knocked down triples to keep the lead manageable at 33-26 heading into intermission.
"We answered, we came back," Steely said. "We cut the lead to one at one point."
"And I was really proud of the third quarter," Steely added. "We have been struggling in the third quarter, especially against some of the better teams. And we had a really good third quarter and cut the game back to one and just three by the end of the quarter."
Defense was the catalyst in the third period as Marshall County held the usually high-scoring Lady Eagles to just seven points and MCHS scored 11 points, led by Crutcher with five points.
But as well as the third quarter went for Marshall County, the fourth quarter went the exact opposite direction.
Demarie Ingram scored four points, but unfortunately for the home team, that was all the points the Tigerettes would score in total and Summertown answered with 10 points, including five more by Johns for a game high 17 points, and that was enough for the win.
First five shots of the fourth quarter we got really good looks each time and we missed every one of them and that was the game," Steely said. "But they're good. This game did more for us than probably almost all the others so far. We just played a good team."
The Tigerettes continue its impressive non-district schedule with two games in a week against perennial 3A state power Lawrence County and a game against Maplewood on Friday night.
Summertown 19 14 7 10 50
Marshall Co. 14 12 11 4 41
Summertown (50): Haley Johns 17, Ansley Burleson 8, Kaley Campbell 8, Claire Woods 5, Katie Burdette 5, Jenna Brazier 3, Rylee Long 2, Reese Wilson 2.
Three-point goals (5): Burleson 2, Brazier, Campbell, Johns.
Marshall County (41): Dionna Crutcher 11, Demarie Ingram 11, Karlye Wiser 9, Kelsey Keiler 8, Sydney Tidwell 2.
Three-point goals (5): Crutcher 3, Wiser 2.