Following the Christmas break, Macon County is back in basketball action. They faced two district opponents.
On Tuesday Jan 9th Macon County travelled to Woodbury to face Cannon County. The Tigerettes came out ready to play as they scored 18 and 26 points in the first two periods to lead 44-25 at the break. Macon went on to coast to a 78-51 win.
Scoring was: Keeley Carter 19, Jalynn Gregory 16, Marah King 11, Jamie Ashburn 10, Abby Shoulders 9, McKaylee Mix 9, and Kyndal Bullington 4. Emily Ashburn, Morgan Carter, Graci Scott, and Taylor Ward all played but did not score.
The Tigers must have made a little merry as they came out a bit rusty to begin 2018, being behind 5-9 after the 1st period. They played a bit better but still weren’t shooting very well and led 16-15 at the break. They outscored Cannon 18-8 in the 3rd period and hung on to win by a final score of 43-33.
Scoring was: Seth Carlisle 13, Heston King 12, Trent Cook 6, Cameron Welch 5, Spencer Hogin 5, and Riley Phillips 2. Cole Carnahan and Kelton Ballou played but did not score.
With a chance of weather a date that many had circled was moved up to Thursday Jan 11th. The Tigerettes hosted Upperman, who happened to be the #1 ranked girls team in AA state wide. After falling behind 0-6 Macon scrapped their way to a deficit of 10-16 after the 1st quarter. They managed to cut the Upperman lead to 3 with two minutes left in the half after trailing by 10 points twice in the first half. At the half Macon trailed 22 -26 with a half-court shot sunk at the buzzer by Keeley Carter. The Tigerettes took their only lead at 31-30 with 5:45 left in the 3rd. Then the 2017 AA Ms Basketball, Akira Levy, took over the game. She scored 12 of her game high 36 points in the 3rd and willed her team to win. The Tigerettes simply could not come back and were defeated 57-66.
Scoring was: Keeley Carter 15, Bullington 12, Gregory 11, Shoulders 7, Jamie Ashburn 7, Morgan Carter 3, and King 2. Mix played but did not score.
The Tigers almost gave one away. Both teams played some decent basketball and Macon trailed 13-14 and 24-26 after the first two periods. The Tigers made a run midway thru the 3rd but Upperman countered. Heading into the final quarter trailing 34-36, the Tigers found an inside spark. King came alive on the block and staked Macon to an 8 point lead with 3 minutes to go. With fouling their only resort Upperman cut the lead to 6, then 4, then 1. The Tigers shot 2 for 10 from the free throw line down the stretch and barely squeaked by for the win by a final of 51-47.
Scoring was: King 17, Carlisle 10, Hogin 6, Phillips 5, Carnahan 5, Welch 4, Ballou 3, and Trent Cook 1.