Disappointment was momentary for the Macon County High girls basketball team.

It was also motivating.

A week after an eight-point loss to defending state champion Upperman, the fifth-ranked Tigerettes erupted for 37 points in the first quarter of their 89-40 victory over visiting Watertown on Jan. 22.

It was the second time this season that Macon County has been efficient offensively against Watertown. The Tigerettes rolled to a 90-46 win at Watertown on Dec. 4.

"We try to make sure nobody is overlooked," Macon County junior forward McKaylee Mix said. "Every team is the same. Every game counts."

It was significantly different than the loss at Upperman, in which the Tigerettes produced a season-low 29 points.

"We put in five new plays," Mix said. "It gets everybody involved. We all have our roles. I think those will benefit us the next time we play (Upperman)."

Macon County's top two scorers -- Keeley Carter and Jalynn Gregory -- combined for 26 points in the Upperman loss, with the rest of the team managing just 3 points.

"After the Upperman game, on Wednesday and Thursday, we had the greatest two practices we've had all year," Tigerette head coach Larry White said. "It's like the weight of the world had been take off of us.

"We put in an offense we got from Princeton years ago. People were starting to not guard certain ones (players)."

Sophomore Abby Shoulders led the Tigerettes offensively against Watertown with a game-high 19 points, and junior Jamie Ashburn and Mix provided 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Carter and Gregory scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.

"Coach (Kailyn) Thompson said that our best thing tonight was balance," Mix said. "I agree with that.

"Even though Keeley and Jalynn are awesome players, it's great when we can all contribute."

White added, "If we keep stepping up like this, we'll get to where we want to be. Abby, Jamie and K.K. (Mix) really stepped up, and our young kids came in and played well too."

Macon County made five 3-pointers in the first quarter, with Jamie Ashburn's third 3-pointer giving her squad a 25-9 lead. Mix and Shoulders also tossed in 3-pointers in the opening period.

"It's amazing," Mix said of the first-quarter production. "You don't have to feel like it's all on you. You know that your teammates are there for you. It shows how much we are a team."

The margin swelled to 22 points (37-15) on a layin by junior forward Marah King late in the quarter.

Sophomore guards Emily Ashburn and Graci Scott came off of the bench to contribute offensively late in the first half, helping to extend the margin to 32 points (52-20) by halftime.

Gregory, Mix, Shoulders and Jamie Ashburn all made 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Scott made the team's 11th 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Scott's jump shot extended the lead to 50 points.

Emily Ashburn and Scott provided 9 and 8 points, respectively.

The Tigerettes shot 57 percent from the field, connected on 12 of 14 free-throw attempts, forced 19 turnovers and outrebounded the Lady Tigers by a 38-26 margin.

Shoulders connected on 7 of 9 field-goal attempts, while Jamie Ashburn made all four of her shots, all of which were 3-pointers.

Carter provided 8 assists in addition to her 13 points.

Saranda Woodson led Watertown with 14 points.

"We've raised our goals on stuff we do in practice," White said. "When you don't get pushed as much, you worry about your conditioning. We have amped it up in practice."

All five of Macon County's losses have come on the road.

"We've been really tough at home," White said.

Macon County girls 89, Watertown 40

WATERTOWN (40) – Saranda Woodson 14, Brittni Allison 9, Ashlea Dickens 7, Morgan Bain 3, Delanney Hight 3, Ali Tunks 2.

MACON COUNTY (89) – Abby Shoulders 19, Jamie Ashburn 13, Keeley Carter 13, Jalynn Gregory 11, McKaylee Mix 10, Emily Ashburn 9, Graci Scott 8, Marah King 4, Taylor Ward 2.

Half: 52-20, Macon County. Three-point goals: Watertown 2 (Allison 1, Dickens 1), Macon County 11 (J. Ashburn 4, Mix 2, Scott 2, Shoulders 2, Gregory 1). Records: Watertown 7-15 overall, 1-8 in District 8-AA; Macon County 19-5, 8-1.