Tigerettes Grab 63-39 District Victory, Tigers Lose 55-53 with Buzzer Lay-up

By Misty Green

The Macon County High School Basketball teams hosted the District 9AA rival Sycamore War Eagles on Monday, January 24, 2011 for two action-packed games.

Recovering from the recent loss to Westmoreland’s Lady Eagles, the MCHS Tigerettes were prepared to bring the intensity back to their game, opening the challenge against the Lady War Eagles 18-3 after the first quarter of play. Macon Co. led 29-10 before the halftime break.

The Macon County girls did not let down their guard in the last half of the contest, taking advantage of their opponent with full force to claim a 63-39 district win.

Katie Reid led the Tigerettes to victory with 20 points, followed by Katelyn Bean with 13 points, Kailyn Brooks with 11 points, Kelsey Gregory with 10 points, Macey Kemp with three points, and Haley Harris, Katie Beth Meador, and Terra Pryor with two points each.

The Tigerettes improved to 16-2, 4-1 for the season, and Sycamore fell to 10-9, 3-1.

In the boys game... The Tigers returned in the second quarter from a 14-10 trail to take a 28-25 lead before the halftime break.
Macon County held on to their advantage in the third quarter with a score of 43-34, however Tiger fouls set Trey McPherson on the bench with three minutes left in the game, and also had Tyler Manning and Andrew Kempf playing it safe with four fouls each.

The Tigers had a five point lead with two minutes left in the game, but Sycamore was able to knot the game at 53 each with 0.49 on the game clock.

Tigers Head Coach Jason Welch called for time with 11.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to set up a scoring strategy. Once on the court, Macon County missed their scoring attempt, and Sycamore grabbed the rebound and returned it for their final lay-up of the night.

With an unannounced time-out called, before the last shot was made, Referees placed 0.09 seconds back on the clock, and the ball in the Tigers possession at the other end of the court.

Dallas Grace in-bounded the ball to Tyler Manning at half court, who jumped high to catch the pass, and collided with a Eagle. Both players fell to the ground, as the buzzer sounded, and Sycamore claimed the win.

Dallas Grace led the Tigers with 17 points, followed by Trey McPherson with 14 points, Tyler Manning with 11 points, Shawn Kemp with four points, Zack Billenstein with three points, and Andrew Kempf and Brantley Russell with two points each.

The Macon County Tigers now stand at 13-7, 4-1 while Sycamore improved to 15-5, 4-0.

MCHS will host Greenbrier on February 1st, travel to Sycamore on Feb. 4, and host White House on Feb. 8 for their senior night games.