Lincoln County pulls away from Tigerettes
The Lincoln County Lady Falcons (6-8) snapped the Marshall County Tigerettes' modest two-game winning streak on Friday afternoon when they defeated MCHS 53-33 in Lewisburg to sweep the season series.
After losing to the Lady Falcons 53-26 in their previous encounter on Dec. 1, the Tigerettes (4-10) gave Lincoln County a tougher tussle this time around and trailed just 32-26 midway through the third quarter.
The Lady Falcons then began to assert themselves after that point and outscored Marshall County 21-7 the rest of the way to claim their 10th straight victory over MCHS.
Bolstered by a 7-of-10 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, Lincoln County shot 40 percent (18-of-45) from the field overall, which included a 6-of-18 effort from three-point range. The Lady Falcons committed three more turnovers (17-14) than the Tigerettes, but outrebounded Marshall County 36-25 and held a 17-13 edge on the offensive glass.
Junior forward Morgan Higgins led Lincoln County's offensive attack by pouring in a game high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds, three steals, and three blocked shots.
Samantha Williams followed Higgins with nine points and Brianna Sanders added eight points. Sloan Mann, Makinley Fitch, and Carly Fee also tallied five points apiece, while Brooke Ferguson and Lauren Bradley both had two points. Chelsea Gatlin rounded out the scoring for the Lady Falcons with one point.
The Tigerettes, conversely, finished with only 13 field goals on 25 percent shooting and made just 1-of-18 attempts from beyond the arc.
Point guard Kiya Morris paced MCHS with 14 points, while Tainanda Hutton notched eight points. Leah Hollings, Alexis Ford, and Christy Pettigrew chipped in five, four, and two points respectively for Marshall County as well.
Lincoln County got off to a fast start and built a 15-6 lead in the first quarter with the help of five points from Higgins and a pair of treys from Sanders and Mann.
Lady Falcon power
The Tigerettes trimmed the deficit to 17-10 early in the second period on a short bank shot by Hutton and a Morris jumper, but the Lady Falcons responded with an 8-2 run to open up a 25-12 advantage midway through the stanza.
After MCHS outscored Lincoln County 8-2 over the next two minutes thanks to four points from Morris and a short bank shot from Ford to narrow the gap to 27-20, Fee hit two free throws in the waning moments of the first half to make it 29-20 at the break.
Higgins converted a three-point play at the start of the third quarter to stretch the Lady Falcons' lead to 32-20, but Marshall County rattled off six straight points thanks to two Morris jumpers and a couple of free throws from Hollingsworth to slice the deficit to 32-26.
Lincoln County, however, blew the game open by putting together a 19-2 run behind six points from Higgins and two treys from Sanders and Fee to forge a 51-28 advantage midway through the fourth period before cruising to the 53-33 win.