February 3, 2014
The Macon County 5th/6th grade girls basketball team continued their success this season with a James C. Haile State Championship victory on February 1st. The road to the championship began on January 18th, with a game against DeKalb West Middle School. Despite a sluggish start and early foul trouble, the Tigerettes dominated the 2nd half and won by a final score of 47 – 21. The scoring breakdown for the game was Keeley Carter with 25, Marah King with 8, McKaylee Mix with 6, Olivia Belton with 4, Morgan Carter with 2, Chloe Donoho and Emily Ashburn each added 1.
The second game of the tournament on January 25th found the Tigerettes playing West Wilson Middle School. The team from Macon County dominated from the beginning and built a 20 – 5 halftime lead and eventually won by a 44 – 13 margin. Scoring for Macon County was Olivia Belton with 12, Keeley Carter and Marah King each added 9, Morgan Carter, McKaylee Mix, and Chloe Donoho each scored 4 points, and Madalyn Goodall scored 2 points.
The championship game pitted the Macon County girls against the 3-time defending tournament champions from South Cumberland Middle School. The team from Macon County led from start to finish and won by a final score of 38 – 24. Scoring for the Tigerettes was McKaylee Mix with 9, Marah King and Keeley Carter each with 8 points, Jamie Ashburn with 5, which included 3 big free throws in the 4th quarter, Olivia Belton and Morgan Carter each scored 4 pionts.
The Tigerettes play their last round of games this week at the annual Hermitage Springs 5th/6th grade tournament. For this tournament, the team will be split into a 6th grade squad and a 5th grade squad. The 6th graders open up at 5:00 on Moday, February 3rd and the 5th graders will play at 7:00 that same night. Special thanks to Barry Kirby for providing the pictures that accompany this article.