Second half explosion carries Tigerettes to big win
After a big 53-52 road win at Maplewood Friday night, the Marshall County Tigerettes returned to the Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg Tuesday for a grudge match versus Lawrence County.
The Lady Wildcats won the first game of the season series 58-49 seven days prior on their home floor and held a slight halftime lead on Tuesday before the Tigerettes went on a second half tear that resulted in a 57-42 win to even the score.
“We are 7-3 and we’ve had a good start,” MCHS coach David Steely said. “The last two games we have really played a lot better, we beat Maplewood at Maplewood and Lawrence County here tonight and those were two big wins for us.”
“Hopefully we can keep playing and just really keep getting better, I think any coach right now should be telling you that, so we enjoy winning and we want to get better and hopefully when district gets here, we will be ready.”
Demariae Ingram led all scorers in the contest with 14 points, while Dionna Crutcher (13) and Kelsey Keiler (11) also finished in double figures in the scoring column.
Freshman Israel Hurt had a nice game off the bench with nine points, Karlye Wiser netted seven, and Sydney Tidwell tallied one huge 3-pointer.
The Tigerettes had a good start and led 12-9 after the first quarter behind seven Ingram points, only to see the Lady Wildcats put together a 9-2 run to begin the second period.
MCHS cut the Lawrence County lead to one point three times before Macy Black, who had seven out of her nine points in the game during the second quarter, scored the final basket of the first half to give the Lady Wildcats a 25-23 lead at the intermission.
Lawrence County’s Sara Brown nailed the third of her three treys in the game at the outset of the second half to expand the lead to six points and LCHS had a 30-26 lead when they called a timeout with 5:53 left in the stanza with possession belonging to MCHS.
There was no scoring for several possessions before Tidwell lit the comeback fuse for the Tigerettes when she drained a 3-pointer in the home corner.
After a Lawrence County missed shot, Wiser went downtown to give the Tigerettes a lead they would not surrender with 2:10 remaining in the third period.
“We really didn’t change anything, we just kept talking about doing what we were going to try to do game plan wise, but doing it a little better and we did,” Steely said. “We made some shots too, a few 3’s went down in the third quarter for us and that was a big deal.”
The Tigerettes stayed on the gas as they turned up the defensive pressure cooker and the quarter ended with an Ingram drive to the dish for two points and a long 3-pointer by Crutcher that put Marshall County in front 37-30, headed to the final eight minutes.
The game was essentially over in only the next two minutes as the Tigerettes went on a backbreaking 11-0 run that began with two made foul shots by Keiler and finished up on a double rebound and put-back by Wiser to make it 48-30.
Hurt made it hurt even worse as she scored seven straight points for the Tigerettes, who ran away and hid in the 15-point triumph for their first win in the last eight tries versus Lawrence County (4-5), dating back to 2007.
“I’m really, really pleased with Israel,” Steely said. “You can see her get better in practice, but still in a game, the game is a little faster, but she played really well on both ends.”
“She did some things on defense that we work on and it didn’t work and all of a sudden she did it tonight and it worked and that gives me confidence as a coach that I can trust her to be out there.”
The Tigerettes (7-3) host Fairview (3-6) on Thursday with tipoff slated for 6 p.m.
Lawrence County 9 16 5 12-42
Marshall County 12 10 15 20-57
Lawrence County (42): Sara Brown 11, Macy Black 9, Madison Vaughn 7, Madison Tidwell 6, Kenzie Adkins 3, Carson Gobble 3, Chloe Moore 3.
Three-point goals (4): Brown 3, Adkins 1.
Free Throws (6-for-11): Tidwell 2-for-2, Vaughn 1-for-4, Black 1-for-2, Moore 1-for-2, Gobble 1-for-1.
Marshall County (57): Demariae Ingram 14, Dionna Crutcher 13, Kelsey Keiler 11, Israel Hurt 9, Karlye Wiser 7, Sydney Tidwell 3.
Three-point goals (4): Crutcher 2, Tidwell 1, Wiser 1.
Free Throws (7-for-11): Keiler 5-for-5, Crutcher 1-for-5, Hurt 1-for-1.
Halftime Score: Lawrence County 25, Marshall County 22.
Next Game: Thursday, December 13 vs. Fairview, 6 p.m.