Tigerettes lock down Lady Rockets for 12th straight win
The Marshall County Tigerettes continued their hot streak Tuesday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg as they turned in a stellar defensive effort to shutdown Forrest in a 39-24 win.
“We had a plan and we executed it,” Marshall County coach David Steely said. “We were patient and our players stepped up, so it was the best we played this year, but it’s just round one, you know how it is….there will probably be more than one more, but I’m really proud tonight.”
The victory was the 12th straight for the Tigerettes (17-3, 3-0), who host Nolensville (14-5, 3-0) tonight in a battle for first place in the District 12-AA standings.
“It’s a huge game and we will have a plan and we will be ready,” Steely said. “They are just big and athletic and good, they have a really good team, so we are going to come out and take our chance at them and as always, we will just do what we do.”
The struggling Lady Rockets (12-7, 1-2) look to get back on track when they entertain Community (12-6, 2-1) tonight at Chapel Hill.
It was a low scoring affair at Lewisburg and that’s just the way Steely likes it, especially the goose egg put up by the Tigerettes’ defense in the all-important third quarter.
“We played great defense and took away things they like to do,” Steely said. “We had really good positioning, really good communication on defense and we rebounded the ball really well.”
“We won the rebounding game and that was the number one thing I preached all week.”
After a Karlye Wiser 3-pointer opened up the scoring for Lewisburg, shots were hard to come by as both squads stuck to each other like glue.
Carissa Curtis came up with a pair of free throws at the 5:41 mark of the opening period to get Forrest on the scoreboard and moments later, Curtis scored again to put the Lady Rockets in the lead.
Demariae Ingram matched Curtis’ four points to seesaw the lead back to MCHS.
Curtis hit one free throw and had a steal and score, while Hannah Davis also made one of two from the free throw line and Davis scored the last basket of the period for the Tigerettes, who led 10-7.
Marshall County hit the offensive boards in the second quarter as they went on a 6-0 run on a pair of put-backs by Ingram and Kelsey Keiler, plus another Keiler drive to the rack.
The Tigerettes held Forrest scoreless until a Jaide Langley free throw midway through the second quarter.
Curtis kept the Lady Rockets in the game with a 3-pointer to make it a 16-11 contest, but Davis got two of the points back on a bucket in the low post.
With just over two minutes to go in the second quarter, Ally Blanton went downtown to pull Forrest within four points and there was no more scoring in the first half.
The Tigerettes blanked the Lady Rockets in the third quarter, while Wiser made it hurt with three 3-pointers for all nine of Marshall County’s points in the period that resulted in a 27-13 lead, entering the final eight minutes of play.
“Getting loose balls, rebounding and getting position is all effort, not just physical effort, it’s mental too,” Steely said. “We were able for the most part to stay calm and control the ball and keep control of it and defensively we were tough tonight, that’s my style and I loved it.”
The first six and half minutes of the fourth quarter was a free throw shooting contest as Forrest made six and the Tigerettes converted three before Davis knocked in the first field goal of the period to put MCHS up 32-19.
Ally Blanton drilled her second 3-pointer of the game at the other end of the floor, but it was not enough as the Tigerettes put the game away from the free throw line, converting 7-of-10 from the charity stripe down the stretch.
Wiser led the Tigerettes in the scoring column with 12 points, while Davis was also in double figures with 10.
Ingram added nine points and Keiler netted eight.
Curtis had 12 points to tie Wiser for high-game honors and Ally Blanton scored nine, Anna Blanton two, and Jaide Langley had one made free throw.
FHS 7 7 0 10-24
MCHS 10 8 9 12-39
FHS (24): Carissa Curtis 12, Ally Blanton 9, Anna Blanton 2, Jaide Langley 1.
3-Point Goals (3): Blanton 2, Curtis 1.
Free Throws (9-for-14): Curtis 5-for-6, Ally Blanton 3-for-6, Langley 1-for-2.
MCHS (39): Karlye Wiser 12, Hannah Davis 10, Demariae Ingram 9, Kelsey Keiler 8.
3-Point Goals (4): Wiser 4.
Free Throws (11-for-18): Davis 4-for-8, Keiler 4-for-6, Ingram 3-for-4.
Halftime Score: Marshall County 18, Forrest 14.