Tigerettes keep pace as district frontrunner

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Kelsey Keiler led all scorers in the game with 13 points as the Tigerettes beat Murfreesboro Central Magnet 37-26 Monday night at Lewisburg.
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The threat of snow for the area on Tuesday led to school officials rescheduling the District 12-AA game to Monday night between the Murfreesboro Central Magnet Lady Tigers (0-16, 0-6) and the Marshall County Tigerettes (19-4, 5-1).

The Tigerettes, who had defeated the Lady Tigers on January 11, completed the sweep with a 37-26 victory.

The game began with MCHS controlling the tip, but a missed shot and a Magnet rebound led to Kaitlin Polly scoring the game’s first basket.

The Tigerettes ramped up the pressure with the quick hands of Kelsey Keiler and Dionna Crutcher, converting steals into baskets.

Karlye Wiser used a nice cross-over dribble on a fast break in traffic to lay the ball in and Keiler nailed a three as MCHS padded the lead.

Magnet’s Anaiyah Smith scored on 3-pointer, but two free throws by Demariae Ingram and Keiler put MCHS’ lead at 15-5 at the end of the first quarter.

The action slowed down in the second quarter as Magnet tried in vain to pierce the Tigerettes’ defense with no success.

Crutcher and Keiler continued their assault on the Lady Tigers as they both contributed baskets and Ingram laid the ball in on a breakaway to put the lead at 21-5 at the end of the quarter.

The Tigerettes defense stood tall as Magnet was unable to score in the quarter.

The second half began with Magnet getting the ball, but a block by Ingram stalled the possession.

Magnet converted a fast break basket off a Tigerette miss by Kathryn Hays, but Keiler and Crutcher struck back with baskets of their own.

Demariae Ingram had eight points, including a big 6-for-8 effort from the free throw line.

Smith hit a three, but MCHS’s Hannah Davis countered with a field goal.

A three by Polly and a steal and converted basket by Smith made it a 29-16 contest.

MCHS converted a nice turnaround jumper by Davis and at the end of the third quarter, MCHS’ lead stood at 31-16.

The final stanza began with another Davis basket off a tipped pass, but the Lady Tigers began to up their game with quick ball movement on offense, leading to baskets by Smith, Molly Kate Anderson, and Sydney Copeland.

A free throw by Natalie Anderson and a three by Polly cut into the 33-24 MCHS lead.

On defense, the Magnet Lady Tigers began to cause turnovers, but the extra effort took its toll in fouls and MCHS began to shoot one-and-one penalty shots.

Ingram took advantage of this with three free throws, before a Magnet basket by Smith wrapped up the scoring.

The sweep was completed.

Junior Kelsey Keiler expressed modesty over her play after the game, but along with sophomore Dionna Crutcher these two get after it and were the difference in the contest for MCHS.

Final Score – MCHS 37, Murfreesboro Central Magnet 26.

MCM Central Magnet 5 0 11 10-26

MCHS 15 6 10 6-37

Murfreesboro Central Magnet (26): Anaiyah Smith 9, Kaitlin Polly 9, Giny Bineza 4, Kathryn Hays 2, Syndey Copeland 2.

3-Point Goals (3): Anderson, Polly, Smith.

Free Throws (1-4): Natalie Anderson 1-for-2, Molly Kate Anderson 0-for-2.

MCHS (37): Kelsey Keiler 13, Demariae Ingram 8, Dionna Crutcher 8, Hannah Davis 6, Karlye Wiser 2.

3-Point Goals (1): Keiler.

Free Throws (8-11): Ingram 6-for-8, Keiler 2-for-3.

Halftime Score: MCHS 21, MCM 5.