Tigers basketball gains momentum
By Suzanna Brabant Contributing Writer
The Tigers started slow this season but gained momentum with each game and will finish in third or fourth place in the District. They lost to Livingston Academy in the District semi finals on February 15th and will play Cannon County for 3rd Place on February 18th at White County High School. They’ll start the first round of Regional games on Saturday, February 22nd at Signal Mountain or Bledsoe County, depending on how they do Tuesday and how Signal Mountain and Bledsoe do. This team has come a long way in the 2013-2014 season and in a relatively short time. In exactly the time, according to Head Coach Jason Welch, it took to gain experience and learn how to play together as a team.
In the meantime, prior to the District and Regional games, the Tigers continued their winning streak in February. They played Smith County on February 3rd, Central Magnet on February 4th and DeKalb County on February 6th and won all three games.
February 3, 2014 MCHS v Smith County Boys 61-37 Girls 49-68
The Tigers played Smith County for the second time this season on February 3rd, 2014. They won the game 61-37. On January 30, 2014, they won their first game against Smith County 60-46. In February’s game, the Tigers made 13 of 33 two-point and 9 of 23 three-point field goals, 14 of 22 free-throws, 17 offensive and 13 defensive rebounds, 13 assists, 16 steals, 11 turnovers and 12 fouls. They made 27 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 21 in the third and 6 in the fourth. #25 Trace McPherson made 15 points in the game. #32 Clay Carnahan made 15 points in the game. #10 Michael Ashburn made 10. #44 Dillon McCormick made 9. #11 Tyler Carlisle, #23 Clark Peyton, #30 Mayson Shrum and #20 Evan Perrigo each made 3 points. #24 Nick Hill, #55 Jedediah Coley and #35 Matt Hudson each made 2. Coach Welch made sure everybody got a chance to play and the Tigers were victorious 61-37.
The Tigerettes lost to Smith County 49-68. They made 12 points in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 19 in the third and 4 in the fourth. #40 Leah Anderson made an impressive 20 points in the game. #23 Briley Driver made 9. #22 Reese Shrum made 8. #10 Marissa Owens made 6. #14 Paige Clark, #21 Jade Ellis and #20 Macy Kemp each made 2.
February 4, 2014 MCHS v Central Magnet 50-47
The Tigers played Central Magnet for the second time in the season on February 4th. They won a close game 50-47. They won their first game against Central Magnet 60-44 on January 10th. In February’s game, the Tigers played all out. They put 17 points on the board in the first quarter, 4 in the second, 15 in the third and 14 in the fourth. They made 11 of 30 two-point and 5 of 16 three-point field goals, 13 of 23 free-throws, 20 offensive rebounds, 8 assists, 10 steals, 12 turnovers and 15 fouls. #20 Evan Perrigo was the top scorer for the Tigers with 18 points. #10 Michael Ashburn had 8. #32 Clay Carnahan made 6. #44 Dillon McCormick and #23 Peyton Clark each made 5. #25 Trace McPherson made 4. #30 Mayson Shrum and #11 Tyler Carlisle each made 2.
February 6, 2014 MCHS v DeKalb County 54-52
In their final game of the regular season, prior to the District and Regional championships, the Tigers beat DeKalb County in a close game 54-52. They made 15 points in the first quarter, 9 in the second, 8 in the third and 15 in the fourth. They made 17 of 52 two-point field goals, 2 of 18 three-point field goals, 18 of 24 free-throws, 31 offensive rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals, 1 block, 14 turnovers and 13 fouls. #20 Evan Perrigo made 21 points in the game. #44 Dillon McCormick made 10. #23 Peyton Clark made 9. #30 Mayson Shrum made 8. #10 Michael Ashburn made 3. #11 Tyler Carlisle made 2. #12 Alex Hill made 1. It was their second game against DeKalb County. The first was played on January 14th. The Tigers won 82-58.
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