Chris Brooks/For the Times Macon County Junior High's Cadence Carter dribbles toward the basket. Carter scored two points in the Tigerettes' 33-17 victory.

Chris Brooks/For the Times

Macon County Junior High's Cadence Carter dribbles toward the basket. Carter scored two points in the Tigerettes' 33-17 victory.

MT. JULIET -- A fast start did wonders for the Macon County Junior High girls basketball team.

The visiting Tigerettes jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter and never trailed, handing Mt. Juliet Middle a 33-17 loss on Nov. 6 at Tommy Martin Gymnasium.

Macon County (3-0) steadily increased the lead throughout the contest after Mt. Juliet had cut the lead to five points early in the second quarter.

"(Getting an early lead) was real important," Tigerette head coach Mike Prock said. "We talked about that at halftime. We had an eight-point lead. We wanted to play even or build on the lead, and we kind of jumped on them early in the third quarter. I think we had about an 18-point lead when we started subbing."

Allie Thompson scored six of her eight points in the first quarter, while Dallas Caldwell -- who finished with a game-high 10 points -- did most of her damage in the second half.

Mt. Juliet outscored Macon County by a 6-5 margin in the second quarter, but it was only good enough to cut the Tigerettes' lead to eight (16-8) at halftime.

"We played good defense," Prock said. "We had to play good defense for a pretty good period of time. Once they (Mt. Juliet) did miss a shot or turned the ball over, we didn't get in a big hurry to get down (to the other end) and rush up a quick shot. We had to play pretty hard on defense."

Mt. Juliet trimmed the lead to 19-12 early in the third quarter, but the Tigerettes responded with a 7-0 run that included baskets by Caldwell and Ellie Coley.

"We made a few turnovers, but not as many as we usually make," Prock said.

Coley added a three-point play during the spurt and finished with seven points in the contest.

Macey Meador chipped in six points for the Tigerettes, while Cadence Carter added two as Macon County's five starters accounted for all of the scoring.

Kayley Jones had five points to lead Mt. Juliet.