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Marshall Lady Mavs fall short to Greenville, 49-40

By Nathan Hague
Jan. 11, 2017 at 4 a.m.

A double-double from Courtnee Shead (16 points, 19 rebounds) wasn't enough for the Lady Mavericks as Marshall dropped a 49-40 decision to Greenville on Tuesday in District 16-5A play.

The Lady Mavs are still in search of their first district win with a 0-5 record.

"I was pleased with everybody overall," Marshall head coach Ruth Stewart said. "Going in, I told the girls we've just got to keep fighting no matter what the score is, no matter how the season is going. We've just got to keep giving effort. That's what I'm looking for, maximum effort and they bought into that tonight. I think everybody played their part and that helped. We missed a lot of shots early on, a lot of easy buckets and we turned the ball over a little bit to start the game and I think that put us in a rut because we were playing from behind the rest of the game. Overall I was proud of their effort. I felt like this was the best game effort-wise."

LaJaccie Tuck was next in line after Shead in scoring with nine points. Kia Williams dropped in seven. Maycee Griffin scored three. Keara Irving and Nia McElhanon each scored one point.

Monica Johnson led Greenville in scoring with 15 points. Amauri Barrett was next in line with 10. Destiny Spillman, Zeniya Norvell and Brittney Gilstrap each scored six points.Layla Best scored three and Creola Williams dropped in two points.

Marshall turned it over on each of their first two possessions which led to an early Greenville 6-0 lead. Spillman and Gilstrap each added a bucket to give the Lady Lions a 10-0 lead. Tuck's bucket put the Lady Mavs on board to make it 10-2. Roach added a free throw to make it 10-3 with 2:46 left in the first quarter. Nobody scored for the remainder of the quarter as Marshall went into the second quarter trailing 10-3.

Shead scored the first points of the second quarter and Williams added a pair of free throws to make it 10-7. Johnson drained a three to give Greenville some breathing room and a 13-7 lead. Shead scored again to make it 13-9 before Johnson hit two free throws to make it 15-9. Irving's free throw put Marshall within five, 15-10. Johnson drained another pair of foul shots to spread the Lady Lions' lead to 17-10. Shead had a steal and layup to cut it back down to five, 17-12. Best found Spillman for the assist, before Johnson went 2-for-2 yet again from the foul line, giving Greenville a 21-13 lead. Tuck then made a spin move as she laid it up for two, cutting her team's deficit to 21-15. Marshall's next possession saw Tuck add a free throw to make it 21-16. Best then drained a three, making the score 25-16 as the two teams headed to the locker room for the half.

Barrett scored the first six points the second half on a field goal and four free throws to make it 31-16, forcing Marshall to call a timeout with 6:10 left in the third quarter. Moments later, Gilstrap hit a turnaround jumper to spread Greenville's lead to 37-16. Griffin sank a three to make it 37-19. Shead hit a shot down low to cut the Lady Mavs' deficit to 37-21. Shead banked a shot off the glass down low to make it 37-26 as they entered the fourth quarter.

Four Marshall free throws later, they found themselves trailing 42-30 with about five minutes remaining. Shead banked in another shot downlow to make it 44-32. A pair of free throws from Johnson made it 46-32. Kia Williams knocked down a three, making the score 46-35. Moments later Shead knocked down another bucket to put Marshall within single digits, 46-38. Greenville went on to cap off the 49-40 win from there.

The Lady Mavs will return to action Friday on the road when they go up against Harrison County rival Hallsville.

"From what I hear, they really fundamental, a high-skilled team so I expect them to play some smart basketball and we've got to bring the same effort that we brought tonight but make the easy buckets, catch the passes that we need to catch and make sure the girls are in the right spots," Stewart said. "We've just got to keep pushing forward."



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