The Tigers and Tigerettes are closing-in on top finishes in regular season play.
The Tigerettes are on the cusp of a 2nd place finish and the Tigers are on the verge of something special.
On Tuesday Jan 31st Central Magnet came to town. The Lady Tigers have only won one district game to date but they were plenty game for Macon’s young team. The Tigerettes jumped out to a 21-10 lead by shooting 60% from both behind and in front of the 3 point arc in the 1st period. Freshman Jamie Ashburn was 3 of 4, including a 4 point play, from downtown in the opening period. The starting group for the Tigerettes increased their margin enough that Coach Larry White could start subbing a little before halftime. Macon led 41-17 at the break. The starters slowly came out of the game in the second half and the bench got some quality playing time in this one sided affair. Final score was Macon 55 Central Magnet 32.
Scoring for the Tigerettes was: Keeley Carter 12, Jamie Ashburn 13, Mattie Goolsby 8, Jenna Russell 7, Kyndal Bullington 4, Morgan Carter 4, McKaylee Mix 2, Landra Stafford 2, and Luci Allen 2. Keeley Clariday and Savanah Colvin played but did not score. Macon had 19 more shots, hitting 12 more than Central, and forced 15 turnovers in the game.
Central Magnet currently sits in 3rd place in 8AA and would love to spoil the undefeated conference record of the Macon Tigers. Despite a sloppy first half Macon led 16-10 after one quarter and 29-21 at halftime. Then the train seemed to derail. In the 3rd quarter Macon couldn’t hit anything and everything Central did worked. Despite trailing for a brief time Macon was able to head into the final quarter tied 38 all. Central would not go away and Macon had just enough defensive stops to gut out a victory, pulling away late for a 54-42 win. Macon shot 17 of 47 with only two 3 pointers made and made only 18 of 28 free throws in the game.
Scoring for Macon was: Michael Ashburn 16, Seth Carlisle 10, Riley Phillips 9, Dalton Marsh 6, Heston King 4, Cameron Welch 4, Cole Carnahan 3,and Kendrick Carter 2.
Macon would now travel to Cannon County on Friday Feb 3rd. The Tigerettes came ready to play as they posted a 35-18 lead at the break. The girls would go on to coast to a win by a final score of 52-36. Macon shot 19 of 41 from the field and 2 of 6 three pointers. They also made 12 0f 14 free throws.
Scoring was: K. Carter 20, Bullington 11, Ashburn 8, Russell 5, Allen 4, and Goolsby 4. M. Carter, Clariday, Colvin, Mix, and Stafford all played but did not score.
The boys had a little dust-up when the Lions visited Lafayette last time so fans did not know just what to expect. However the Tigers did and they boat-raced Cannon, leading 29-16 after the first quarter. Macon took their foot off the gas and let the Lions close the gap and at the break it was 37-30 Macon. Throttle back down. Behind some great shooting and tough defense, the Tigers pile back on and put the game out of reach with a 22-7 3rd quarter. Final score MCHS 77 Cannon Co 52.
Scoring was: Carlisle 16, Phillips 15, Ashburn 10, Marsh 9, Welch 9, King 8, Matt Young 4, Carnahan 3, and Trent Cook 3. Clay West, Carter, Kelton Ballou, and Spencer Hogin all played but did not score.
This week will end the regular season and the Tigers have the chance to do something special. Macon hosts Upperman on Monday Feb 6th for Senior night. They will travel to DeKalb County on Thursday Feb 9th and travel to Trousdale County on Friday Feb 10th. The Tigers have the chance to secure a district title with two wins and possibly be the first undefeated 8AA Tiger team while Tigerettes can secure 2nd place in 8AA as well.