|Tigers Gaining Momentum|
|Written by Mark Darnell|
|Wednesday, January 22, 2014|
The Macon County Tigers are gaining momentum as they make a push toward the postseason.
This week Macon traveled to Smithville to take on DeKalb County then hosted Cannon County.
On Tuesday the 14th Macon County would travel to DeKalb County. The Tigerettes came out, seemingly ready to play, and posted a 19-14 lead after one. But the inability to get the ball in the bucket, shooting 1 for 10 in the second period, left the Tigerettes trailing 24-35 at the break. Macon would battle back to only trail 45-48 after three. DeKalb would make their free throws down the stretch, hitting 14 of 18 in the final period, to hang on for the district win. Final score Macon 65 DeKalb 68.
Scoring was: Jade Ellis 6, Reese Shrum 7, Briley Driver 26, Leah Anderson 12, Paige Clark 9, Marisa Owens 3, and Kinsley Green 2. Macy Kemp, and Jenna Russell played but did not score.
The Tigers were ready to score some points. Five different players scored in the first quarter and Macon led 19-11. Keeping their feet on the gas, Macon scored 26 more to take a 45-26 lead at halftime. This game was over early in the third but the Tigers kept attacking and posted their highest point total of the season, winning by a final score of 82-58.
Scoring was: Evan Perrigo 15, Trace McPherson 21, Peyton Clark 9, Mayson Shurm 2, Dillon McCormick 4, Michael Ashburn 5, Kendrick Carter 2, Alex Hill 3, Clay Carnahan 11, and Tyler Carlisle 10. Matt Austin, Matt Hudson, Travis Eller, Nick Hill, and Jed Coley all played but did not score.
On Friday the 17th, Macon would host Cannon County, who happens to hold 1st place in District 8AA in both the boys and girls divisions. Cannon County came out hot and quickly had the Tigerettes down 10-20 after the first quarter. The Tigerettes battled back to cut the deficit to one with 1:18 to go. They had the ball, down three, with 42 seconds left in the half. However, two quick misses, and two Cannon buckets left the Tigerettes trailing 23-30 at the half. About the only thing you can say about the third period is Abby Sissom, as she scored 13 of her game high 29 points in that quarter en-route to a 35-53 lead for Cannon County. Cannon would score 26 more points in the final period and left no doubt about who sits atop this conference. The final score was Macon 47 Cannon 79.
Scoring was: Shrum 3, Driver 18, Anderson 14, Clark 3, Owens 2, Luci Allen 2, and Sarah Carter 5. Kemp, Ellis, Russell, and Green all played but did not score.
The Tigers played almost the best game I have seen them play this season. They came out focused at both ends, scoring 19 points from five players and holding Cannon to only 8 points. The Tigers played good, solid, tough defense and were able to continue to score and led 30-17 at the half. To be honest, I thought this would be an easy win. However, Macon got a little carried away at the end of the third period, committing sloppy turnovers and trying convert fast-breaks without numbers. However the Tigers led 41-33 after the 3rd. The fourth quarter was more of the same, as Macon seemed out of control and not playing very smart basketball. Two big three pointers by Tyler Carlisle and the conversion of 10 of 13 free throws as a team, was just enough to hang on for a big 8AA win. Final score Macon 57 Cannon Co 52.
Scoring was: Perrigo 18, McPherson 2, Clark 4, Shrum 2, McCormick 12, Ashburn 4, Alex Hill 2, and Carlisle 13. Carnahan played but did not score.