After losing one game to winter weather, Marshall County suffered two losses to rivals last week.
Graves County took a 55-50 win on Friday on the Eagles’ home court and Murray snapped a 30-game losing streak to the Marshals with a 50-46 win.
The Marshals led much of the way against Graves before falling 59-58 at home on Jan. 17. On Friday, they fell behind but rallied in the fourth quarter to make it a close contest.
Marshall County has come up short in four of its last eight games and has a 14-10 record.
The loss to Murray leaves Calloway County as the winner in the battle for the Fourth District regular-season title. The Lakers visit Marshall County Friday, but their 3-0 mark in league play cinches the bye in the three-team tournament.
THIS WEEK: The Marshals are at home today against Livingston Central, with tip-off at 6 p.m. in the first game of a boys-girls double-header.
Two more home games are slated, with starting time at 7:30. On Friday, Calloway County visits and on Saturday, St. Mary is the opponent in the next-to-last home game of the year for Marshall County.
Tonight’s game will be the first meeting between Marshall and Livingston since Nov. 28, 2005, when the Marshals took a 76-51 victory at Reed Conder Gymnasium. The Cardinals were 4-515 after last week’s games.
Marshall County took a 53-47 win over St. Mary Dec.5 in the Hoop Fest and dropped a 43-31 decision at Calloway County on Jan. 10.
Marshall Co. 46
DRAFFENVILLE – A back-and-forth struggle marked the first three quarters and continued into the early moments of the final period. But when Mason Wooten broke a 29-29 tie with the first basket of the fourth quarter, it marked the Marshals’ last lead.
Tre Hornbuckle forged another tie at 31-31 and then Dylan Boone made it 33-31 and Tamdyn Sheppared hit two free throws to give Murray a 35-31 edge. The Marshals got with a single point twice more but never overcame Murray’s edge.
A tangle in the final minute between Hornbuckle and Marshall County’s Austin Rentfrow resulted in Rentfrow being slammed to the court and Hornbuckle whistled for a technical foul. Wooten hit the technical free throws to make it 48-46 with 33.7 seconds to go.
The Marshals tried to work for a shot but Wooten was trapped in the corner and Murray gained possession with 6 seconds left. Duane Curtis hit two free throws at the 5.2-second mark to clinch the win.
Wooten led the Marshals with 15 points. Rentfrow had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Landon Taylor had 10 points.
James Boone paced Murray with 20 points.
Murray 5 21 29 50
Marshall Co. 9 20 29 46
MURRAY – Preston English 5, Duane Curtis 14, Dylan Boone 1, James Boone 20, Tandyn Sheppard 4, Desjahvonni Milles 1, Adam Stubblefield, Ethan Clark, Tre Hornbuckle 5
MARSHALL CO. – Landon Taylor 10, Mason Wooten 15, Drew Warnick, Austin Rentfrow 12, Carson Beckett, D.J. Pigg 4, Dawson Jolley, Collin Travis 3, Hunter Harvey 2
Graves Co. 55
Marshall Co. 50
MAYFIELD – Marshall County trailed by as much as 13 points near the midway point of the fourth quarter before battling back to within 2 at 49-47 with a minute left to play.
Graves built the lead back to 53-50 and then added a final point on a free throw by Andrew Smith with 2.3 seconds left.
It was the third straight win and fourth in the last five games for Graves against Marshall.
Mason Wooten paced the Marshals with 19 points, followed by Austin Rentfrow with 18.
Jake Williams led the Eagles with 16.
Marshall Co. 5 19 28 50
Graves Co. 11 22 43 55
MARSHALL CO. – Landon Taylor 6, D.J. Pigg 3, Mason Wooten 19, Drew Warnick 2, Austin Rentfrow 18, Carson Beckett, Dawson Jolley, Collin Travis 2, Hunter Harvey
GRAVES CO. – Andrew Smith 6, Peyton Puckett 12, Justin Hayden 5, Jake Williams 16, Zach Kimbler 9, Jordan Smith, Eamon Hannon 7, Eric Vogt