MURRAY – Marshall County meets Murray for the Fourth District girls’ basketball championship tonight at 6 p.m. at Murray’s Tiger Gym.
The Lady Marshals, 23-8, will be trying to complete a three-game sweep of the Lady Tigers.
They defeated Murray 53-49 at Murray in December and won 41-39 at home Feb. 4.
Marshall County advanced to tonight’s game with an 80-52 win over Community Christian Academy of Paducah in the first round Monday night. Murray pulled away from Calloway County to win 65-40 Tuesday night.
The boys’ championship game will be Friday at 6.
WEDNESDAY: Calloway County held off rival Murray Wednesday night to survive 59-56 and advance to the boys’ Fourth District basketball championship game Friday.
The Lakers had to overcome a 36-point effort by Murray senior guard Kendall Deese. They used double-figures efforts from three young, big players – 6-7 sophomore Michael Arnett with 23, 6-6 freshman Skyler Hunter with 16 and 6-3 freshman Parker Adams with 12 – to overcome the Tigers.
The Lakers rallied from a 24-23 halftime deficit and built a lead of as much as 11 points early in the fourth quarter. But Murray ran off eight straight points to cut the lead to 50-47 midway in the final period.
Twice more, the Tigers got within three points, but no closer.
Calloway takes an 11-18 record against 28-2 Marshall County in Friday’s championship game. Both teams will advance to the First Region tournament next week at Murray State University.
Murray closes with an 11-17 mark.
Look for district tournament coverage all week in the online edition of the Trib.