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Second half of Tiger basketball begins

The second half of the 2022-2023 basketball season got underway this past week. Macon County played three nights of basketball and played two region games.

On Tuesday Jan 3rd Upperman came to town. Both the Tigerettes and Lady Bees aren’t the same teams as the ones from three to six years ago. However, the Lady Bees have enough returning players to make the difference.

The Lady Bees were able to apply enough pressure to create turnovers and capitalize on them in the first half. Upperman led 11-5 after one and 24-12 at the break. The Tigerettes were only able to score one point in the third quarter and five in the fourth. Lady Bees win this one 50-18.

Scoring was: Karley Ramsey 6, Allie Thompson 5, Kaydence Walrond 3, Chloe Solomon 3, and Natalie Green 1. Macon committed a season high 25 turnovers, which translated to a season low of 18 points scored.

The Upperman Bees have fielded really good teams in the past few years. While not as talented as the team they had in the Covid 2020-2021 season, this team is pretty good. It wasn’t so much what the Tigers didn’t do in this game, as it was what the Bees were able to do. Macon simply missed some shots and made some turnovers that Upperman did not and the game slowly pulled away from the Tigers. Both benches were able to finish this game, which was more competitive than the final indicated. Upperman wins 52-37.

Scoring was: Cason Gregory 14, Dalton Hudson 12, Brady Driver 3, John Krantz 3, Braylon Flowers 3, and Logan Bandy 2.

On Friday Jan 6th district rival DeKalb County came to Lafayette. Macon saw an early 7-0 lead evaporate to a 9-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter. It was still close as DeKalb led 16-15 at halftime. Then the Tigerettes picked a bad time to get cold shooting. They finished only 3 of 17 from behind the arc and 12 of 18 shooting free throws for the game. DeKalb did not. Final DeKalb 54 Macon 39.

Scoring was: Ramsey 18, Walrond 9, Laityn Kirby 6, Thompson 3, Green 2, and Katie Shockley 1.

Both DeKalb and Macon were winless in District play. DeKalb came out and put pressure in the backcourt on Macon. It worked as the Macon started committing unforced turnovers that DeKalb was able to take advantage of. DeKalb built a 29-21 lead at halftime that Macon was never able to climb out of. More pressure in the second half led to the same and the lead ballooned to as high as 24. Final score DeKalb 69 Macon 48.

Scoring was: Krantz 11, Driver 17, Gregory 8, Jack Hogin 4, Flowers 2, Hudson 2, McKade Mix 3, and Lee Jenkins 1.

The week would close with a Saturday Jan 7th non-district game against Gordonsville in Lafayette. The Tigerettes fared much better, leading 35-22 at halftime, and cruising on to a 52-35 victory. Fewer turnovers, better shooting and much more balanced scoring all were ingredients for a good win.

Scoring was: Ramsey 15, Walrond 12, Kirby 7, Green 6, Cadence Carter 6, Thompson 3, and Solomon 3.

The Tigers were in this one early but let it slip away. Trailing 30-22 at the half Gordonsville would outscore Macon 28-10 in the second half. Final score Gordonsville 58 Macon 32.

Scoring was: Gregory 10, Driver 7, Hudson 4, Krantz 4, Correy Shrum 6, and Flowers 1.

This week Macon is scheduled to host Stone Memorial on Tuesday Jan 10th and also host White County on Friday Jan 13th. First game both nights is scheduled to tip at 6 pm.