Tigers open New Year with win over Hickman County
The nightcap of Friday night’s doubleheader at Lewisburg featured District 11’s Hickman County Bulldogs and District 12’s Marshall County High School Tigers.
“Defensively we did some things well and we did a really good job of taking care of the basketball,” MCHS coach Lavon King said. “It feels good to get a win and start the New Year off right.”
The Tigers used a third quarter burst and 19 points from the state’s number 10 scorer Canelius Turner to turn back the Bulldogs 51-43.
After controlling the opening tip, Hickman County opened the scoring with a basket by Isiah Puckett.
Turner popped an NBA distance 3-pointer before Bulldogs big man Jack Thigpen scored on a jumper to put Hickman County up 4-3.
Turner scored again and Thigpen made a jump hook shot before Devon Wilson scored a field goal.
When the quarter ended MCHS led by one point, 7-6.
The second quarter began with Turner canning a two-pointer and Thigpen converting two free throws to make the score 9-8.
Wilson made one-of-two free throws before Turner connected on another 3-pointer as the Tigers stretched their lead to 13-8.
Silas Hurt swished a basket for MCHS and Andrew Conley threw up a long shot for Hickman County that banked off the board and went in for a 3-pointer to make the score 15-11.
The Bulldogs added a free-throw by Dayton O’Neal and a 3-pointer from Noah Clayborn to knot the score, but Hurt responded with an old fashion three-point play, pushing MCHS into the lead at halftime 18-15.
The third quarter saw Hickman County push back and chip away at the Tigers’ three-point lead.
Puckett connected on a jumper for the Bulldogs and Turner responded with a basket, but Thigpen drew the Bulldogs closer as he converted two free throws to make it 20-19.
Davis connected on a 3-pointer and Turner canned two free throws to push the lead to 25-19.
Clayborn swished a 3-pointer and on the Bulldogs next possession, Rick Collins converted a 3-pointer and Hickman County took the lead at 26-25.
MCHs got hot as Carson Boyd connected on a 3-pointer, Kaamil Hazel banked in a short jumper, Davis scored another basket, and Turner’s long 3-pointer placed an exclamation point on the 10-point run that put the Tigers up 35-26 when the third quarter horn sounded.
“We caused a few turnovers and made some baskets that gave us a cushion to stay ahead of them the rest of the way,” King said.
The fourth quarter saw the Bulldogs fight to make up ground, but a 3-pointer by Hurt kept them at bay.
A basket by Clayborn was matched by a two-pointer by Turner.
Each time the Bulldogs scored a basket, Turner or Hurt responded to maintain the lead for the Tigers.
We came out slow, we had a long week without any games, and it took a while to get back together and work together to figure out how to win the game,” Turner said.
When the horn sounded to end the game, the Bulldogs had only shaved one point off their deficit and the game was firmly in hand for MCHS.
The Tigers (5-6) made it two wins in a row when they pulled out a one-point 52-51 victory over Coffee County Saturday at Lewisburg.
Hickman County 6 11 9 17-43
Marshall County 7 9 19 16-51
Hickman County (43) Andrew Conley 15, Jack Thigpen 11, Noah Clayborn 7, Isiaih Puckett 6, Rick Collins 3, Dayton O’Neal 1.
Three-Point Goals (8): Collins 5, Clayborn 2, Collins.
Free Throws (5-for-12): Thigpen 3-for-6, Clayborn 1-for-2, O’Neal 1-for-2, Dansby 0-for-2.
MCHS (51): Canelius Turner 19, Silas Hurt 9, Devonte Davis 8, Kaamil Hazel 7, Devon Wilson 3, Carson Boyd 3, Bryson Hughes 2.
Three-Point Goals (6): Davis 2, Turner 2, Hazel, Boyd.
Free Throws (9-for-18): Hurt 3-for-6, Turner 3-for-4, Hazel 2-for-2, Wilson 1-for-2, Davis 0-for-4
Halftime Score: MCHS 18, Hickman County 15.