Tigerettes stave off Lewis County upset bid
After a heartbreaking 49-46 overtime loss to Nolensville in the District 12-AA title game earlier in the week, the Marshall County Tigerettes hosted Lewis County in a Region 6-AA Tournament opening round satellite game on Friday at the Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.
The loss could have set the Tigerettes back, but instead they continued to show their season-long resiliency in a 42-38 comeback win over the Lady Panthers.
The Tigerettes had to dig down deep as they gave up a halftime lead and trailed with just over a minute to go in the contest.
“It was hard to come back from that game, everyone had to refocus and realize what we needed to do to get this win,” Demariae Ingram said about the Nolensville loss. “We knew if we played hard defense our offense would come to us and we didn’t want to go home early, so we kept telling each other to keep our heads up, just ‘D’ up and we will get a win.”
Ingram bounced back from the tough loss to the Lady Knights to lead the Tigerettes in the scoring column with 15 points and went a solid 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Hannah Davis had her best game of the season with 13 points, coming on five tough buckets in the low post and a perfect 3-for-3 effort from the charity stripe.
Kelsey Keiler had 12 points and nailed two free throws to seal the game while Karlye Wiser had just one 3-pointer in the contest, but it was a big one that kept the Tigerettes in the game during a tough third quarter.
The two squads played to a low scoring 8-8 first quarter tie before things began to pick up as Ingram scored to open the second quarter and hit one free throw moments later.
Ingram finished off a 5-0 mini-run as she found Davis on a pretty bounce pass on a fast break bucket to give the Tigerettes a 13-8 lead.
Kendall Tharp scored for the Lady Panthers before Keiler nailed a 3-pointer and hit one free throw with 3:33 left in the first half to give Marshall County its biggest lead of the game at 17-10.
Lewis County fought back with a 5-0 run that was almost offset when Ingram and Davis made two free throws apiece to give MCHS a 21-15 halftime lead.
The game took a downturn for MCHS as the Lady Panthers came out smoking in the third quarter via an 11-0 downtown run, highlighted by a pair of Sailor Selby 3-pointers and one long bomb by Hailey Bowen that gave Lewis County a 26-21 lead with 5:11 remaining in the stanza.
Lewis County retained the lead for the reminder of the period and led 33-28, entering the fourth quarter.
An Ingram basket to open up the fourth quarter scoring was followed by a Keiler bucket and the two teams played even for much of the period.
The Tigerettes kept chipping away and fought back to get within one point with 2:31 left in the game and the Lady Panthers called timeout, holding a 35-34 lead.
Lewis County coughed the ball up out of the stoppage and the turnover led to a Davis bucket in the low post and she was fouled on the play.
“I realized we were behind and I don’t want our season to end, so I did everything I could to help us,” Davis said. “I just had that mindset I was just going to go to the rim no matter what, if I had to get a foul that is what it was going to take.”
Davis drained the free throw to put the Tigerettes in front 37-35, but the Lady Panthers came right back to take a 38-37 lead with 1:10 remaining in the contest.
Davis came up with the go-ahead bucket off a set play in the low post with 51.0 seconds left and Lewis County called timeout.
Davis made the defensive play of the game when she stole the ball out of the stoppage and fed Ingram, who was fouled with 25.3 seconds left.
Ingram drained both ends of a one-and-one situation at the free throw line and another Lady Panther turnover sent Keiler to the line with 3.5 seconds remaining in the contest.
Keiler hit nothing but net on both charity tosses to seal the win and send the Tigerettes to the region semifinals versus Stewart County last night at East Hickman.
“We are ready for Tuesday, we are definitely going to be more prepared and come out more aggressive,” Davis said. “We are definitely going to be better on our defense in our next game because we were a little soft tonight, so we are going to pick up on that.”
Stewart County beat Forrest 49-35 on Sunday at Dover.
Nolensville played Creekwood, who upset Community 43-42.
The semifinal winners will meet in the championship game on Thursday at East Hickman.
Marshall County lost 46-38 to Nolensville in last year’s title game and Ingram wants another chance to settle the score in her final season as a Tigerette.
“That would be a big accomplishment, everyone realizes we want to keep moving forward and I really want to do that in my last year,” Ingram stated.
Lewis County 8 7 18 5-38
Marshall County 8 13 7 14-42
Lewis County (38): Sailor Selby 15, Hailey Bowen 9, Breanna Bratcher 5, Kendall Tharp 5, Anna Feichtinger 4.
3-Point Goals (4): Sailor 3, Bowen.
Free Throws (7-for-10): Selby 4-for-4, Bowen 2-for-2, Bratcher 1-for-2, Tharp 1-for-2.
Marshall County (42): Demariae Ingram 15, Hannah Davis 13, Kelsey Keiler 12, Karlye Wiser 3.
3-Points Goals (2): Wiser, Keiler.
Free Throws (11-for-13): Ingram 5-for-6, Keiler 3-for-4, Davis 3-for-3.
Halftime Score: Marshall County 21, Lewis County 15.