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Macon County High School Tigerettes Journey to State

MCHS vs Christ Presbyterian Academy, February 28, 2011 – Region 5AA Semi-Final

By Marcus R. Darnell

The Macon County High School Tigerettes advanced in the region semi-finals held at Vol-State on February 28th, 2011 in Gallatin. They defeated the Christ Presbyterian Academy by a score of 52-50 in the Region 5-AA game.

The Tigerettes came out firing to open the game.  A combination of Katie Reid and Kelsey Gregory pushed Macon out to a 5-0 lead to begin the contest.  Early foul trouble by Katelyn Bean led to Calamity Coley entering the game and scoring four points in the period. At the end of the first Macon led 11-5 over CPA.

Scoring in the second period heated up. Early three point shooting by Haley Harris propelled the Tigerettes a score of 21-11 which would mark their largest lead of the contest. However turnovers, a few misses, and some tenacity from the Lady Lions kept the contest close.  CPA sunk a big three pointer at the end of the first half to close the Macon lead. Score at half was Macon 28 CPA 25.

The Lady Lions simply would not quit. Offensive plays by Gregory and Coley combined with great defensive plays from Reid and Brooks kept Macon close. With 2:34 left in the third period Bean picked up her 4th foul. Terra Pryor came off the bench to give the Tigerettes some quality minutes. After three periods the game was tied at 40 with a great deal of physical play being allowed.

The end of the game was exciting. Following a defensive stop, Coley’s bucket and a beautiful assist from Kailyn Brooks to Reid pushed Macon out to a 44-40 lead.  However after some sloppy play, CPA was able to take their first lead of the contest at 45-44 with 4:24 to go in the game. With Bean fouling out with 1:33 to go and down 47-49, Haley Harris made a critical defensive steal. At this turning point of the contest, Macon benefited from scoring by Harris, Brooks and Gregory with another defensive steal by Brooks.  Gregory calmly iced the game with some free throws for a final score of Macon 52 CPA 50.

Scoring were Gregory 11 pts., Coley 13 pts., Harris 11 pts., Brooks 4 pts, Reid 8 pts, and Bean 2 pts. Pryor played but did not score. The Tigerettes were to play David Lipscomb in the Region 5-AA finals on Wednesday at Vol-State.

MCHS vs David Lipscomb March 2, 2011 – Region 5AA Championship

Tigerettes Capture Region 5-AA Crown

By Marcus R. Darnell

The Macon County High School Tigerettes captured the Region 5-AA title defeating David Lipscomb in Gallatin last Wednesday evening. The win raises their record to 27-3 for the year.  They will host a Sub-State game this Saturday at Nera White Gymnasium.

Against the Lady Mustangs of David Lipscomb, Coach Jeff Beam had his girls ready. Gregory canned a three pointer, converted a lay-up, and a beautiful assist from Brooks to Reid pushed Macon out to a 7-0 lead to begin the game. Midway thru the quarter, both teams struggled to score. The period ended with a turn-over and missed shot for each team and a score of Macon 11, David Lipscomb 4.

Scoring heated up in the second. Three points from Reid and a big three point shot from Brooks pushed the lead to eleven for the Tigerettes. David Lipscomb was double-teaming any pass to the interior. Late in the period Bean made an assist to Reid on the back side of the paint to push the lead to 21-13 for Macon. Another three point shot from Brooks ended the scoring for the Tigerettes and at the half Macon led 24 -16, two quarters away from a region title.

In the third period, David Lipscomb picked up the defensive intensity ten-fold. A three pointer from Gregory and two from Brooks pushed the lead to thirteen. It was obvious that Lipscomb was not going away and cut the lead back to ten. A big steal from Harris and an assist from Pryor to Harris pushed the lead back to 35-22 for the Tigerettes. After the Lady Mustangs cut the lead back to nine, another assist from Brooks to Harris put Macon back up by 10 in the game. At the end of three, Macon 38, David Lipscomb 28, with 8 minutes to go.

Once again, Lipscomb was not going to go quietly into the night. After a three pointer and a lay-up the Tigerettes lead was cut to seven. After swapping baskets Macon committed two turnovers which allowed the Lady Mustangs to cut the lead to five at 42-37 with over four minutes to go. With Lipscomb trying to trap the Macon guards, Brooks and Gregory were able to penetrate the defense and each score to take the lead back to nine. Brooks, Gregory, Harris and Pryor solved the defensive puzzle to effectively stop the trap of Lipscomb. With a bucket at the buzzer, Lipscomb couldn’t prevent the double digit defeat. Final Score Macon County 52, David Lipscomb 42 and a fun game to watch.

Scoring in the game were Gregory 14 pts., Brooks 14 pts, Reid 17 pts., Harris 4 pts., Bean 1 pt., and Pryor 2 pts. Coley played but did not score. Next the Tigerettes will host a sub-state game at Nera White Gymnasium on Saturday for a chance to go to the big dance.


 MCHS defeats Waverly Central March 5, 2011 – Class AA Sectional (Sub-State)

By Misty Green

After defeating David Lipscomb for the Region 5AA Championship title last week, the Macon County High School Tigerette basketball team hosted Waverly Central for the Class AA Sectional (Sub-State) game this past Saturday night.
The Macon County High School gymnasium was packed with Blue & White dressed fans, which created an unbelievable atmosphere to which each team utilized during this very important game.

Macon County found themselves trailing 9-8 after the first quarter of play, so they picked up the pace early in the second quarter. With an opening three-point shot by Kailyn Brooks and a lay-in by Katie Reid, Macon County was back on top 13-9. The Waverly team proved powerful with their three-point skills, and quickly answered to inch forward 13-12 behind Macon County. Two points from Katleyn Bean and five points from Kelsey Gregory gave Macon County an eight-point lead with 3:18 remaining in the first half of play.

Reid then notched two free-throws, followed by another Waverly three, which warranted Macon County to go into the locker room with a seven point lead over their opponent, 22-15.

Waverly returned in the third period to make one of three 3-pt. attempts, now shadowing 22-18. Gregory then picked off a Waverly pass and returned it for a lay-up. Waverly hit another three, narrowing their trail 24-21. Brooks, Gregory, and Reid were fouled under the goal to inch the Tigerettes forward, 28-23, with three minutes remaining. Waverly made another three after two attempts, to shadow Macon County 28-26. Brooks went to the line immediately following for one-point. Waverly missed another three, fouling Reid in the process, Macon 31, Waverly 26, 1:09 remaining. Waverly missed another three, then planted their first two points from the paint in the basket. Bean was then tagged with her second and third foul with .30 on the game clock, so Calamity Coley came in from the bench. Waverly attempted to hold the ball till the last shot could be taken, however missed their two-point attempt. Coley was tagged with her first personal foul with 1.1 on the clock, and Macon County ended the third quarter with a one-point lead, 31-30.

The last quarter was intense as most fans were standing while cheering on their teams.
Waverly marked two points on the board to take over the lead with 6:50 on the clock. Beam was marked with her fourth foul, with 4 minutes remaining, and Waverly inched forward to now lead 34-31. 45 seconds later, a basket from Katie Reid knotted the game at 34 each. Beam was then placed on the bench with her fifth foul as Waverly executed their two free shots. Macon County then overshot a three, however Coley grabbed the rebound to re-tie the game at 36, with 2 minutes remaining. The score stayed tied until Waverly was allowed to walk to the line for two free-throws, and re-claiming the lead 38-36, 1:06 remaining. Reid planted another two-point basket to re-tie the game at 38 each, with 44.9 on the clock. Waverly missed their attempt from the paint, and Brooks came out with the rebound, 21.7 remaining.

Macon County had possession of the ball, and was searching for the best shot to take. Time was dwindling and an overtime period could be seen in the future, yet with no time on the clock, Haley Harris took one last shot from the three-point line and won the game with a final score of 41-38.

Katie Reid led the team with 13 points, followed by Kailyn Brooks and Katelyn Bean with eight points each, Kelsey Gregory with seven points, Haley Harris with three points, and Calamity Jane Coley with two points.

Macon County (28-3) will now play Manassas in the Class AA State Tournament on March 9 at 4 p.m. at MTSU in Murfreesboro.