Tigerettes win by 20 in regular season finale at Pulaski

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Kelsey Keiler had 20 points to lead all scorers at Giles County Friday night as the Tigerettes finished the regular season with a big 50-30 win over the Lady Bobcats.
Tribune file photo by Anthony S. Puca

Friday’s first game of the District 12-AA doubleheader at Pulaski featured the Marshall County High School Tigerettes and the Lady Bobcats.

The Tigerettes, with the help of a huge third quarter came away with a 50-30 win.

MCHS was in the hunt for a second-place finish in the district and Giles County, with only one win since the New Year began, looked to continue this fierce neighborly rivalry.

Demariae Ingram when asked about her memories of playing on the Bobcats court for the last time said, “When I was s freshman we came here and won.”

The first quarter jump ball was given to MCHS due to a Giles County player whistled for not being within three feet of the center circle.

MCHS proceeded to turn the ball over on a walk, tit-for-tat.

Giles County took advantage with two free-throws by Ariana Howard and Hannah Hill stole the ball and ran on a full court dash to lay the ball in.

Bre Brown, with an assist by Hill added two more points and Howard bombed a three putting the hosts up 9-0, prompting Tigerettes’ coach David Steely to call a timeout.

The timeout worked its magic as Kelsey Keiler was fouled on a shot, made the two free-throws and her teammates Demariae Ingram and Dionna Crutcher each scored baskets with Crutcher’s shot being a 3-pointer to make the score 9-7.

The Tigerettes continued their comeback as Keiler muscled in a basket to tie the game.

Teondra Williams responded with a basket and added two free throws to give Giles County a 13-9 lead.

Karlye Wiser drew the Tigerettes closer as she nailed a 3-pointer.

Both teams had a chance for the last shot of the quarter, but both failed with MCHS’ being a turnover and GC’s being a blocked shot by Hannah Davis as the clock wound down.

At the end of one quarter it was Giles County 13, MCHS 12.

The second quarter saw the Tigerettes take the lead at 14-13 as Davis scored a basket on a great assist from Ingram.

The Lady Bobcats grabbed the lead back with a basket from Williams and the Tigerettes responded with another basket by Davis to make the score 16-15.

A free throw by Williams tied the game up at 16 at the 5:11 mark of the second period.

From there till the end of the half, it was all Tigerettes as Keiler stole the ball and out ran the Lady Bobcats to score and on the next possession, she dropped in another basket.

Crutcher finished the half with a basket and the Tigerettes led 22-16.

The third quarter opened with a 3-pointer by Keiler and the three-point barrage was on.

Hill nailed a basket for Giles County, but Keiler added another three, Crutcher bombed one, and Karly Wiser and Sydney Tidwell did likewise.

Angel Howard got in on the act with her 3-pointer for the Lady Cats, but the damage had been done by the Tigerettes, who made five 3-pointers in the quarter and led 40-24 at the end of the third stanza.

The fourth quarter saw the Lady Bobcats fighting a losing battle as Keiler and Crutcher each made baskets and free throws.

Howard and Williams scored baskets, but time was against the Lady Bobcats and their losing skid continued and as the Tigerettes of Marshall County High School secured the victory.

“I am really ready for the tournament, we have played hard throughout the season and things have fell into place for us, so we are ready,” Ingram said

Steely agreed with Ingram, saying, “We played a good game but came out and got behind nine to nothing, but from that moment on we were consistently the better team. I liked the way we moved the ball and shot the ball, seven three’s from four different players and Davis with 10 rebounds, I feel we’ve got to play well as we start the new postseason.”

The Tigerettes (21-6, 7-3) secured the second seed and a first-round bye in the District 12-AA Tournament with the win and face Community (18-8, 7-3) Thursday night at Forrest in the second game of the doubleheader. The Viqueens pasted Giles County 74-44 in the opening round satellite game on Monday at Unionville.

The Tigerettes have won four in a row over the Viqueens, including a series sweep this season and a one-point win in last year’s district tournament semifinal.

MCHS 12 10 18 10-50

Giles County 13 3 8 6-30

MCHS (50): Kelsey Keiler 20, Dionna Crutcher 15, Karlye Wiser 6, Hannah Davis 4,

Sydney Tidwell 3, Demariae Ingram 2.

3-Point Goals (7): Keiler 2, Crutcher 2, Wiser 2, Tidwell.

Free Throws (5-for-10): Keiler 4-for-5, Crutcher 1-for-2, Davis 0-for-3.

Giles County (30): Ariana Howard 11, Teondra Williams 10, Hannah Hill 4, Angel Howard 3, Bri Brown 2.

3-Point Goals (2): Angel Howard, Ariana Howard.

Free Throws (10-for-15): Ariana Howard 6-for-7, Teondra Williams 4-for-6, Bri Brown 0-for-2.

Halftime Score: MCHS 22, Giles County 16.