Tigerettes bounce back with big win over Lady Bobcats

Friday, January 25, 2019
Kelsey Keiler led all scorers in the contest with 20 points as the Tigerettes took the regular season series sweep over the Lady Bobcats.
Tribune file photos by Anthony S. Puca

An old rivalry was revisited at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg Tuesday night as the Giles County Lady Bobcats (7-9, 0-4) came to town to face the MCHS (18-4, 4-1) Tigerettes.

The Tigerettes prevailed 56-30, recalling the old days of the 23rd District when duels between these two teams flourished.

MCHS, in second place in District 12-AA play at 3-1, were needing a victory to keep pace with front-runner Nolensville.

The Lady Bobcats at 1-3 were hoping to win their second straight following a victory over Murfreesboro Central Magnet.

The game began with Giles County controlling the tip and Ariana Howard converting a jumper to put the Lady Bobcats up 2-0.

MCHS answered when Kelsey Keiler scored a basket to begin her hot hand at the start of the game.

Keiler continued with a basket on a put-back and a 3-pointer.

Demariae Ingram contributed two free throws as MCHS built their lead.

Giles County in the meantime was dealing with turnovers and missed shots.

Karlye Wiser had three 3-pointers for nine points in the Tigerettes’ 26-point win.

At the 2:36 mark of the first quarter, MCHS pulled away with an 11-2 lead.

Keiler continued her great play with a breakaway layup, two free throws, and a 3-pointer.

Ingram added a free throw and the quarter closed with MCHS leading 17-2.

“The girls did what the coaching staff asked of them, control the game,” MCHS coach David Steely said.

Just as Keiler had carried MCHS, Giles County’s Hannah Hill heated up with four straight baskets, one a long-rebound rundown off a Tigerette miss, out-running two MCHS defenders.

Hannah Davis answered with a two for MCHS, but Giles County committed their seventh team foul and the Tigerettes were in the one-and-one.

Hill and MCHS’s Keiler traded baskets and Howard nailed a three.

Ingram was then fouled on a drive and GC was a hit with a technical foul.

Ingram calmly walked to the line and sank the technical plus the one-and one.

Keiler also added a free throw as MCHS used the free throws to maintain a 26-18 lead at halftime.

The third quarter began with MCHS having the ball-in and Ingram scoring a basket, then after a block and steal by Hannah Davis, Karlye Wiser nailed a three.

A Giles County 3-pointer by Hill was answered by a basket from Crutcher and another three by Wiser and at the 3:14 mark, MCHS was up 36-20.

After a basket by Hill, MCHS scored with a three from Syndey Tidwell.

Hill hit a three, but Ingram scored another basket and the quarter ended with MCHS up 43-26.

The fourth quarter began and the play was rough and tough as Giles County fought vainly to comeback and MCHS countered with slowing the pace.

With 4:24 left in the game, the MCHS lead was 47-27.

Crutcher, Keiler, and Davis with an assist from Wiser wrapped up the scoring for MCHS.

“We played four quarters tonight and I am very pleased with that,” Steely said.

Giles County 2 16 8 4-30

MCHS 17 9 17 13-56

Giles County (30): Hannah Hill 15, Ariana Howard 7, Bri Brown 4, Amanda Britton 2, Kylie Hendricks 1, Teondra Williams 1.

3-Point Goals (3): Hill 2, Howard.

Free Throws (5-8): Howard 2-for-2, Hill 1-for-2, Hendricks 1-for-2, Williams 1-for-2.

MCHS (56): Kelsey Keiler 20, Demariae Ingram 11, Karlye Wiser 9, Hannah Davis 6, Dionna Crutcher 5, Syndey Tidwell 3, Israel Hurt 2.

3-Point Goals (5): Wiser 3, Tidwell, Keiler.

Free Throws (11-15): Ingram 7-for-10, Keiler 3-for-4, Crutcher 1-for-1.

Halftime Score: MCHS 26, Giles County 18.