Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County Junior High girls head basketball coach Mike Prock talks to his players during a timeout.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County Junior High girls head basketball coach Mike Prock talks to his players during a timeout.

MT. JULIET -- The Macon County Junior High girls basketball team didn't manage to avoid foul trouble in its contest at Mt. Juliet on Oct. 29.

However, the Tigerettes did manage to avoid letting that foul trouble hinder their progress.

Macon County took control in the second quarter and cruised to a 42-30 victory.

"I'm real pleased," Tigerette head coach Mike Prock said. "The only thing I was disappointed in was getting in foul trouble, but we survived."

Macon County post player Dallas Cadlwell -- who scored a game-high 29 points in the team's season-opening victory over Gladeville one night earlier -- was whistled for her second foul early in the second quarter and sat down for the final five-plus minutes of the first half.

Teammate Karly Ramsey picked up her third foul midway through the second stanza.

However, despite the foul trouble, the Tigerettes managed to turn a 4-2 lead after one period of play into a 20-11 advantage by halftime.

"We pressed just enough to turn them over some," Prock said. "We had a little quicker lineup. I knew they had big girls, but I didn't think their guards were as good."

Macon County (2-0) led just 10-7 before scoring eight consecutive points.

Grace Deckert ignited the rally by turning an open-court steal into a layin.

Then, Ramsey converted a three-point play, and Deckert came up with another steal, leading to Laityn Kirby's 3-pointer. That created an 11-point margin.

"She played super," Prock said of Deckert. "She plays hard. She gets on the boards, and she handled the ball a little."

Mt. Juliet (0-1) pulled back to within five points midway through the third quarter, but Caldwell and Ramsey combined to score the next six points.

Then, Tigerette point guard Kyra N. Gregory made two 3-pointers over the final 81 seconds of the third period, extending the lead to 13 points (36-23).

"The main thing was to get the ball to Karly at the high post and attack the basket," Prock said. "They ended up going zone (defensively), but we were able to reverse the ball and got those threes."

Caldwell scored five of her game-high 13 points in the final period.

Ramsey also scored 13 points, and Gregory provided eight points.

"We did a good job with the delay game in the fourth quarter," Prock said.

Trinity Franzen led Mt. Juliet offensively with 11 points.

Macon County girls 42, Mt. Juliet 30

MACON COUNTY (42) -- Dallas Caldwell 13, Karly Ramsey 13, Krya N. Gregory 8, Laityn Kirby 5, Grace Deckert 2, Alexis Bandy 1.

MT. JULIET (30) -- Trinity Franzen 11, Skylar Brumbach 4, Abigail McMillon 4, Ellie Swallows 4, Sheridan Cruz 3, Sullie Gerik 2, Alyssa Potier 2.

Half: 20-11, Macon County. Three-point goals: Macon County 3 (Gregory 2, Kirby 1), Mt. Juliet 1 (Franzen 1). Records: Macon County 2-0, Mt. Juliet 0-1.

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