Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County Junior High forward Dallas Caldwell maneuvers in the lane as Winfree Bryant’s Tylaija Alexander defends. Caldwell scored 10 points in the Tigerettes’ 52-33 victory.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County Junior High forward Dallas Caldwell maneuvers in the lane as Winfree Bryant’s Tylaija Alexander defends. Caldwell scored 10 points in the Tigerettes’ 52-33 victory.

The Macon County Junior High girls basketball team established its post play last Thursday evening and gradually pulled away in a 52-33 victory over visiting Winfree Bryant.

The Tigerette post players -- Dallas Caldwell, Natalie Green and Allie Thompson -- combined for 33 points.

"They played better," Macon County head coach Mike Prock said. "We have to be able to finish (interior opportunities). We missed too many easy shots, but we went and got the rebound and had some putbacks. Against good teams, you have to make the first one ... but we did things a lot better.

"Practice has been good the last two days."

Thompson scored seven of her game-high 12 points in the first quarter, and teammate Macey Meador sank a pair of perimeter shots, with her 3-pointer sending the Tigerettes into the second stanza with a 14-9 lead.

Macon County (2-0) employed a full-court press early in the second period, forcing numerous turnovers. One of those turnovers led to an Ellie Coley layin with 3:58 remaining in the first half, extending the lead to 19-11.

"We hurt them a little bit with our press," Prock said. "We can press some, but we can't do it all the time."

Kayla Crowder kept the Lady Aviators close in the first half, sinking five of her six 3-pointers before halftime.

Caldwell scored six of her 10 points in the second quarter before picking up her third foul, sending her to the bench for the remainder of the half and for much of the third period as well.

Green came in off of the bench and provided 10 of her 11 points in the second half. That helped extend a seven-point, halftime lead to 39-20 after Coley converted on a putback with 2:11 remaining in the third quarter.

The margin swelled to 22 points when Karly Ramsey came off of the bench to sink a 3-pointer early in the final period.

"We have a little depth," Prock said.

Eight players scored the Tigerettes.

Crowder finished with a game-high 24 points.

Macon County played at Mt. Juliet on Tuesday and will host Upperman on Thursday.

"It's going to get tougher," Prock said. "We have Upperman here. That will be tough."

Macon County girls 52, Winfree Bryant 33

WINFREE BRYANT (33) – Kayla Crowder 24, I’Tynashia Bates 4, Elayna Escamilla 2, Naveah Martinez 2, Samia Payne 1.

MACON COUNTY (52) – Allie Thompson 12, Natalie Green 11, Dallas Caldwell 10, Macey Meador 7, Ellie Coley 6, Karly Ramsey 3, Grace Deckard 2, Cadance Carter 1.

Half: 25-18, Macon County. Three-point goals: Winfree Bryant 6 (Crowder 6), Macon County 2 (Meador 1, Ramsey 1). Records: Winfree Bryant 0-1, Macon County 2-0.