DRAFFENVILLE – Two more victories for Marshall County last week pushed the Marshals’ basketball record to 25-2.
Coach Gus Gillespie’s team got a Fourth District victory over Calloway County on Friday night and prevailed against St. Mary on Saturday, winning both games by an 11-point margin.
Both games were at home at Reed Conder Gymnasium.
Senior point guard Cole Nelson scored 40 points in the two games, pushing his average to 13.5 points per game.
Junior forward Chase Clark leads the Marshals at a 14.2 clip, with senior forward Chase York also in double figures at 11.3.
Marshall County had already secured top seed in next week’s district tournament at Murray.
The Marshals close out the regular season with two games this week, at home against Mayfield tonight at 7:15 and at Christian County Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Another Third District opponent, Mayfield, comes to Marshall County tonight.
The Cardinals bring a 16-8 record. They tied St. Mary in Third District play with a 4-2 record. They are a dramatically improved team compared to the one that lost 54-31 to the Marshals last year at Mayfield.
Christian County, conversely, is a far cry from last year’s 25-9 state champion team. The Colonels take a 7-18 record into tonight’s game at Muhlenberg County.
Marshall County 62
Calloway County 51
DRAFFENVILLE – A second-quarter drought, in which powerful Marshall County managed only five points, proved to be only a momentary nuisance as the Marshals defeated Calloway County Friday night in a boys’ basketball game at Reed Conder Gymnasium.
The Marshals, who led 21-10 after the first quarter but only 26-21 at halftime, regained their stride in the second half. But Calloway’s three-point shooting kept the Marshals from ever putting the game away, and much of the game was much closer than the 11-point margin of victory.
Cole Nelson and Chase Clark scored 17 points apiece for the Marshals, 24-2 and a perfect 5-0 in Fourth District play. Calloway, which got 19 points from Conner Wagner, dropped to 9-16, 2-3.
Nelson, a 6-3 senior guard, also pulled down 11 rebounds to lead a 27-18 Marshall advantage on the boards and handed out five of the Marshals’ 11 assists.
Marshall County 63
St. Mary 52
DRAFFENVILLE – St. Mary battled the Marshals on near-even terms in the first quarter, which saw five ties and three lead changes before the horn sounded on a 13-11 score. The Marshals led the rest of the way, but the Vikings never quit scrapping.
The Marshals built a lead of as much as 20 points in the fourth quarter at 61-41, but three-point shooting allowed St. Mary to trim the margin almost in half before the game ended.
The Vikings hit 50 percent from the floor, including five-of-14 (35.7 percent) from long range.
Marshall County was even warmer overall, with 51 percent accuracy, but cooler from long range at 23.5 percent (four of 17).
Cole Nelson led the Marshals with 23 points, connecting on seven of nine shots including three of five three-pointers. He also hit all six free throws. Chase Clark added 10.
Patrick Hubert led the Vikings with 16 points, followed by Josh Lutz with 13 and Reid Vaughan with 10.
The Vikings are 17-9 overall.