The Macon County High School girls’ basketball team saw it’s historic season come to a close last week in the first round of the state tournament at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
The Tigerettes couldn’t overcome a slow start and lost 59-41 to Pearl Cohn High School in the first round of the Class 2A tournament.
Pearl Cohn jumped out to an 18-4 lead after the first period and the Tigerettes never really recovered.
Macon County did cut into the deficit somewhat in the second quarter, but still trailed 36-14 at halftime. The Tigerettes outscored Pearl Cohn 13-12 in the third quarter, but weren’t able to get enough momentum going in the fourth to pull off the comeback.
Keely Carter led the way for Macon County with 19 points and seven rebounds. She shot 8-for-13 from the floor. Jenna Russell added six points and Luci Allen came off the bench to also score six. Jamie Ashburn and McKaylee Mix each finished with three points while Matteson Goolsby and Kyndal Bullington each added two points.
Macon County shot 34 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3-point range, but was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. The Tigerettes outrebounded Pearl Cohn 31-28, but had 23 turnovers and only eight assists.
Pearl Cohn was led by Janiah Sandifer, who finished with 26 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including three 3-pointers. Shawnta Shaw had 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
The Macon County boys’ team is scheduled to play Knoxville Catholic on Wednesday, March 15, in the first round of the TSSAA Class 2A tournament at 4:30 p.m. at the Murphy Center.