Lady Knights in first place after win over Tigerettes
The Nolensville Lady Knights came calling on Friday night to face the Marshall County High School Tigerettes.
Despite an early first half lead, the Tigerettes could not hold on and Nolensville came away with a close 45-42 win.
The Tigerettes came into the contest with a 17-3 record, coming off a 39-24 win over Forrest on Tuesday, while the Lady Knights were 14-5 and coming off a 70-42 win over Giles County in their last outing.
The Lady Knights were also without the services of star Zoe Piller, who suffered a knee injury, reportedly an ACL tear that will sideline the sophomore for the rest of the season.
The first quarter began with MCHS controlling the tip and the first basket coming from Kelsey Keiler.
Swift play by both teams was evident on both ends of the court.
A layup by Demariae Ingram put MCHS up 4-0 before a free throw by Nolensville’s Parker Leftwich put the Lady Knights on the board.
A fast break layup by Ingram was answered by a 3-pointer from Caymin Ladd.
Ingram was everywhere on both ends as her energy and quick hands helped MCHS build a 9-5 lead at the 3:38 mark of the first quarter.
Hannah Davis with a great feed from Dionna Crutcher, scored on a breakaway bucket.
Another basket by Ingram and a 3-pointer by Sydney Tidwell put MCHS up 20-10 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter saw action slow down as the Tigerettes used a man-to-man defense and Nolensville answered with a half-court press.
Ingram continued her good play with another basket, but picked up her second foul and had to sit down.
Keiler scored on a drive, which was answered by a layup by Tidwell and at the 2:36 mark of the first quarter, MCHS led 26-17
Baird scored the last basket of the first half and MCHS led 26-19.
The third quarter began with a man-to-man defense by the Lady Knights and a 3-pointer by Baird.
Ingram re-asserted herself with three more baskets and a steal before Baird scored a basket and Ladd put up a three.
With Nolensville taking a 34-33 lead, Ingram got the lead back at the end of the third quarter at 35-34.
The fourth quarter began with Nolensville tying it up with a free throw.
MCHS then added two free throws by Tidwell.
Baird answered with a three as the action got frantic and the score was 40-37 Nolensville with 3:54 left in the game.
Missed free throws by Nolensville and missed baskets by Marshall County added to the tension.
MCHS called a timeout at the 1:51 mark.
Davis scored with another great feed by Ingram and with 41.7 seconds left the score was tied at 42.
Baird nailed a three from the left side with the time ticking down.
With one final chance, MCHS threw a long pass that was deflected off a Tigerette and Nolensville scooped up the ball as time ran out.
MCHS coach David Steely said before the game, “They are a good team that has beaten a lot of good teams, they are what everybody in the district is trying to get to.”
Nolensville 10 9 15 11-45
MCHS 20 6 9 7-42
Nolensville (45): Grace Baird 17, Parker Leftwich 12, Caymin Ladd 7, Syndey Mickulin 6, Kendal Matas 4, Addie Keen 2.
3-Point Goals (6): Baird 3, Ladd 2, Matas.
Free Throws (12-19): Leftwich 7-for-9, Mickulin 2-for-6, Matas 1-for-2, Baird 1-for-1, Ladd 1-for-1.
MCHS (42): Demariae Ingram 18, Sydney Tidwell 10, Hannah Davis 7, Kelsey Keiler 7.
3-Point Goals (4): Tidwell 2, Ingram, Keiler.
Free Throws (8-12): Tidwell 4-for-6, Ingram 3-for-4, Davis 1-for-2.
Halftime Score: MCHS 26, Nolensville 19.