On Tuesday, December 13, the Macon County High School Tiger and Tigerette basketball teams travelled to Murfreesboro, TN for their district matchup with the Tigers and Tigerettes of Central Magnet High School.
The boys’ game was a very intense, nail biting game as both teams kept the score neck and neck for the most part throughout the entire game and the Tigers of Macon County were trying to maintain their undefeated season. However, the Macon County Tigers came out with the win after scoring two points in the last couple of seconds to make the score 43-41. Individual scores were Dalton Marsh 12, Michael Ashburn 9, Seth Carlisle 7, Kendrick Carter 6, Cameron Welch 5, Riley Phillips 2, and Cole Carnahan 2.
The Tigerettes of Macon County also won their matchup with the Central Magnet Tigerettes by a score of 61-44. Individual scores were Keeley Carter 24, Kyndal Bullington 11, Jamie Ashburn 7, Jenna Russell 6, McKaylee Mix 5, Luci Allen 4, Mattie Goolsby 2, and Morgan Carter 2.
On Friday, December 16, Macon County hosted Clay County, a non district opponent. In the boys’ game, the Tigers were trying to keep their undefeated season alive against a tough Clay County team. Coming into the game, the Tigers were ranked third in Class AA and the Bulldogs were ranked third in Class A. Despite the tough, relentless effort by the Tigers, the Bulldogs came out on top with a score of 81-86, handing the Tigers their first loss of the season. Individual scores were Cameron Welch 23, Seth Carlisle 13, Michael Ashburn 13, Heston King 12, Riley Phillips 6, Dalton Marsh 6, Kendrick Carter 5, and Cole Carnahan 3. One player from Clay County, an Indiana State University commit, scored 49 points alone during the game.
Despite the loss by the Tigers, the Tigerettes defeated the Lady Bulldogs by a score of 65-53. Individual scores were Jenna Russell 19, Keeley Carter 16, Jamie Ashburn 9, Kyndal Bullington 9, Luci Allen 6, McKaylee Mix 3, Mattie Goolsby 2, and Keeley Clariday 1.
The Tigers now have an overall record of 8-1, with a district record of 4-0. The Tigers are ranked first in District 8AA and ranked #2 in Class AA statewide by CoachT, despite the loss to #3 Clay County. The Tigerettes now have an overall record of 7-2, with a district record of 3-1. The Tigerettes are ranked third in District 8AA behind Upperman and DeKalb County.
The Tigers and Tigerettes will be participating in the Heritage Christmas Tournament in Maryville, TN which runs from Monday, December 19, through Wednesday, December 21. Teams participating in the boys’ tournament include Heritage, South Greene, Stone Memorial, Sequoyah, Alcoa, Van Buren County, Elizabethton, and Macon County. Teams participating in the girls’ tournament include Heritage, Corbin (KY), Macon County, Covington, Sequoyah, Stone Memorial, Van Buren County, and Alcoa.
The Tigers and Tigerettes will also be participating in Macon County’s own Nera White Tournament that runs from Tuesday, December 27, through Thursday, December 29. Teams participating in the boys’ tournament include Gordonsville, Westmoreland, Clay County, Moore County, Jackson County, Portland, Macon County, and Red Boiling Springs. Teams participating in the girls’ tournament include Portland, Gordonsville, Clay County, White House, East Robertson, Silverdale Baptist, Macon County, and St. Cecilia Academy.
The Tigers will play their first game in the Nera White Tournament against Red Boiling Springs at 7:00pm on Tuesday, December 27. The Tigerettes will play their first game against St. Cecilia Academy also on Tuesday, December 27 at 8:30pm. The full brackets for the tournament can be found on the Macon County High School Facebook page.
Normal season play will resume after the holidays on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, when the Tigers and Tigerettes travel to Clay County.
Reach Logan Horn at 615-666-2440.