Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High senior McKaylee Mix (42) looks to pass amidst pressure from Westmoreland’s Mallory Cassetty.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High senior McKaylee Mix (42) looks to pass amidst pressure from Westmoreland’s Mallory Cassetty.

The Macon County High School girls basketball team shot just 10% from three-point range and committed 13 turnovers in a 46-43 loss to visiting Westmoreland on Nov. 25 at Nera White Gymnasium.

"We just didn't make many shots," Tigerette head coach Larry White said. "We shot terrible from beyond the arc."

Macon County trailed for the final 14 minutes of play.

The Tigerettes led for less than three minutes of the game.

Macon County struggled offensively, managing just three points in the first quarter until senior Keeley Carter converted on an interior basket with three seconds remaining in the period.

The Lady Eagles led by as much as six points after senior Paige Akins sank a 3-pointer from the left corner at the 6:20 mark of the second stanza.

However, Tigerette post players Marah King and Saranda Woodson combined for 10 of the team's 14 points in the second period.

King finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Woodson provided eight points and six rebounds. That tandem combined to convert on 8 of 10 field-goal attempts.

"Our post players played really well," White said. "Saranda Woodson came in and played really well."

However, the Lady Eagles stayed in front until Macon County junior point guard Jalynn Gregory turned a steal into a transition basket in the final seconds of the half, giving her squad a 19-18 advantage at halftime.

Then, seconds into the second half, Gregory penetrated into the lane and passed to King for a layin.

However, Westmoreland (3-0) responded by scoring the next eight points -- including two interior baskets from Akins -- as the Tigerettes produced just one more basket in the period.

"They played really well defensively," White said. "They were well-prepared.

"We never look for a second or third option (offensively). We forced a lot (of shots). It's not just one person. It's all of them."

Carter and Woodson converted on layins over the first 74 seconds of the fourth quarter, trimming the lead to a point (31-30).

However, Lady Eagle point guard Avery Morris made two free throws, and sophomore Alana Eakle tossed in a 3-pointer, creating a six-point margin.

Less than a minute later, Eakle made her fourth 3-pointer, giving her squad its biggest lead (39-32).

Westmoreland was 6 of 11 from three-point range.

"We gave up some easy stuff that we never do, but we did tonight," White said. "It got us beat."

Gregory converted on a spinning shot in the lane at the 1:09 mark, pulling her squad to within three points.

Then, Gregory tossed in a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining, creating a two-point game.

Macon County shot 2 of 19 from three-point range, compared to 6 of 11 by Westmoreland.

Then, Akins knocked down one of two free-throw attempts, forcing Macon County to attempt a 3-pointer in the final seconds. However, Carter's shot from the left wing didn't reach the rim, allowing the Lady Eagles to hold on.

"They really took care of the basketball," White said.

Gregory (11 points) and Carter (10) joined King in double figures. Gregory also had four steals, and Carter grabbed seven rebounds.

Eakle scored a game-high 14 points, backed by Morris (13) and Akins (11).

"I hope we learn something from this," White said. "This group ... they haven't had to face a bunch of adversity. When it comes, we haven't done as well."

Over the past two seasons, the Tigerettes have won all four meetings between the two programs, by margins of 27, 19, 25 and 33 points.

"I'm real impressed," White said of Westmoreland. "I saw them all summer and all fall. They're very well-coached.

"They played really well. They didn't make a lot of mistakes."

The Lady Eagles shot 51% from the field and 75% from the free-throw line.

Westmoreland 46, Macon County 43

WESTMORELAND (46) -- Alana Eakle 14, Avery Morris 13, Paige Akins 11, Leah Kendall 4, Mallory Cassetty 2, Jordan Bandy 1, Emma Wright 1.

MACON COUNTY (43) -- Jalynn Gregory 11, Marah King 11, Keeley Carter 10, Saranda Woodson 8, Jamie Ashburn 3.

Half: 19-18, Macon County. Three-point goals: Westmoreland 2 (Ashburn 1, Gregory 1), Macon County 6 (Eakle 4, Akins 1, Morris 1). Records: Westmoreland 3-0, Macon County 2-1.