Tigerettes dominate Lady Panthers

Friday, January 4, 2019
Demarie Ingram steps to the line and drains a fourth quarter free throw.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Following an opening round win over Scotts Hill at the Above the Rim Tournament at Hickman County High School, the MCHS Tigerettes returned the following day for a semifinal matchup against Lewis County, who had taken care of Harpeth the previous day.

Although the final score of 45-32 in favor of Marshall County alludes to a semi-close ballgame, the Tigerettes dominated from the opening tip and emptied the bench early enough for the Lady Panthers to make the final score appear closer than the game really was.

Marshall County held Lewis County to just six first half points and had a 40-16 edge, heading into the final period before the Lady Panthers’ starters outscored the Tigerette reserves 17-5 in the fourth quarter.

“We played pretty good in the first quarter, we controlled the boards through the entire game,” Tigerette coach David Steely said. “We played good even in the third quarter, we started acting a little more offensive oriented.”

“It kind of fell apart when we took the two older girls out and we’ve got to do better than that,” Steely added.

Marshall County picked up a solid game from Kelsey Keiler, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds and Karlye Wiser added nine points on three from long distance, while Hannah Davis held down the middle with six points and 10 rebounds.

Keiler scored eight out of the nine Marshall County points in the first quarter and the Tigerette defense held the Lady Panthers’ offense to two points for a 9-2 lead, heading into the second quarter.

The Marshall County defense continued to smother the Lewis County offense in the following quarter as the squad from Hohenwald managed just four more points before halftime.

Unfortunately, the Tigerettes also struggled on offense, scoring just 11 points to take a 20-6 lead into halftime.

The Tigerette offense finally opened up in the third quarter as Wiser knocked down two triples in the frame and Dionna Crutcher chipped in five points as Marshall County finally gained some separation, heading into the fourth quarter with a 40-16 lead.

Marshall County coach David Steely regroups his team after the Panthers go on a late run in the 45-32 Tigerettes' victory.

However, the Lewis County coach left in the starters as coach Steely got the underclassmen some much-needed experience.

The Tigerettes added just a basket apiece by Keiler and Davis and one Demarie Ingram free throw, while Lewis

County scored more points (17) in the final quarter than in the first three quarters combined (16) to make the final

45-32 score appear as a much closer game.

“After the first half, I think everybody kind of knew we were going to win and everyone kind of started slacking a little bit,” Davis said. “If we want to get where our goals are set we’ve got to play hard the entire game.”

The win set the Tigerettes in a matchup with one-loss Harding Academy, a private school from West Tennessee.

“We’re in the finals tomorrow night and that’s what we talked about coming down here, wanting to win this tournament,” Steely pointed out.

And the coach and his squad got their wish as the Tigerettes extended their winning streak to eight games with a 57-

42 victory over Harding Academy (9-2), which featured two starters over 6 ft., 3 inches.

Marshall County 9 11 20 5 45

Lewis County 2 4 10 17 32

Marshall County (45): Kelsey Keiler 16, Karlye Wiser 9, Demarie Ingram 6, Hannah Davis 6, Dionna Crutcher 5, Sydney Tidwell 2, Israel Hurt 1.

Three-pointers (4): Wiser 3, Crutcher.

Lewis County (32): Bowen 17, Thaird 6, Feitginger 5, Webb 2, Graves 2, Lay 1.

Three-pointers (1): Bowen.