DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County’s Lady Marshals let one Fourth District encounter slip through their fingertips but won big in two other games last week.
Missed shots allowed Calloway County to steal a victory in overtime on their home court Friday. Marshall County bounced back to pound another district opponent, Community Christian, at home Saturday night, giving them a 2-1 record in league play.
Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, the Lady Marshals whipped home-standing Lone Oak in the first of a pair of girls-boys sweeps.
As a result of the week’s action, Marshall County takes a 12-4 record into tonight’s contest at Paducah Tilghman against a Lady Tornado squad that has a 14-4 record, tops in the First Region.
Another game is on tap Friday night at home against Graves County. The Lady Eagles are 9-8.
Both games are the first half of girls-boys non-district doubleheaders.
The Lady Marshals are ranked 24th in MaxPreps.com’s top 25 this week and are just outside the top 20 in the season’s first Litkenhous Ratings. MC is rated tops in the First Region by both MaxPreps and Litkenhous.
Marshall County 56
Lone Oak 36
LONE OAK – The host Lady Flash ran off the first seven points of the game, but then Marshall County – in what has been a signature fashion in many of its victories this year – clamped down on defense and ran off 18 straight points.
The drought for Lone Oak lasted some 10 minutes, from just under three minutes into the game until 3:18 before halftime.
The Lady Marshals held an 11-point lead at halftime, 26-15, and outscored Lone Oak 30-17 in the second half.
Allie York led the Lady Marshals with 15 points, followed by Alyssa Barnard with 13 and Taylor Meadows with 12.
Junior point guard Haley Boyd topped the Lady Flash with 12 points.
Calloway County 70
Marshall County 59
MURRAY – Cold shooting plagued the Lady Marshals on Friday night at Jeffrey Gymnasium, and the opportunistic Lady Lakers outscored the visitors 15-4 in the extra period to improve to 12-5 and take a half-game lead on Marshall in district standings with a 2-0 mark.
Most of the points in overtime came from the free-throw line. Calloway hit 11 of 16 attempts.
The free-throw parade began soon after Calloway got back-to-back baskets from Alyssa Cunningham and Karlee Wilson to move to a 59-55 lead.
The Lady Marshals did not score until only 42.9 seconds remained on the clock when Tory Fehrenbacher hit the second of two free throws. The senior point guard nailed a three-point shot with 20.1 to go for the final points for Marshall County.
A 10-0 run by Calloway carried the Lady Lakers from a 40-33 deficit with 24.9 seconds left in the third quarter to a 43-40 lead with 5:45 left in regulation. The Lady Marshals were scoreless for nearly five minutes.
Marshall County had a pair of free throws for Allie York with five seconds left, but the sophomore forward missed both, sending the game to the extra period.
Taylor Meadows paced Marshall with 14 points, followed by Fehrenbacher with 13 and Barnard with 10.
Wilson topped all scorers with 22 points, all of them coming after halftime. Cunningham had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Marshall County 68
Comm. Christian 25
DRAFFENVILLE – The Lady Marshals took out the frustration of the previous night by whipping district opponent Community Christian.
Airtight defense netted 21 steals and limited the Lady Warriors to 20 percent field-goal accuracy made the Lady Marshals’ own 52 percent shooting much better than necessary for a comfortable win.
Taylor Meadows led the attack with 19 points, followed by Allie York with 10. Sixteen Lady Marshals saw action, and 13 of them scored at least two points.
Guard Lexie Rudy came off the bench to lead Community Christian, 2-9 overall and 0-4 in Fourth District play, with eight points.