Tribune-Courier Sports Reporter
The first four games are in the books for the 16th Hoop Fest at Marshall County High School's Reed Conder Gymnasium. The host Marshals and Lady Marshals were winners in the first two contests, while Oak Hill Academy and Louisville Ballard won the third and fourth games.
Action continues today, with Calloway County taking on Massac County (Ill.) at 11 a.m. Marshall County's girls play Perry County Central of Hazard at 12:30 p.m. and the Perry County boys' team meets Beech of Hendersonville, Tenn., at 2 p.m. to close out Session 2.
In Session 3, Graves County plays Hopkinsville at 4:30, followed by Marshall County against St. Joseph (Mo.) Lafayette at 6. Oak Hill plays its second game against La Lumiere School of LaPorte, Ind., at 7:30 and Ballard returns to the court to face Memphis Ridgeway in the nightcap at 9.
Marshall County 67, Mt. Carmel (Ill.) 64
The Lady Marshals got the Fest off to a sizzling start Friday. A buzzer-beating three-pointer from the left corner lifted them to a 67-64 win over Mt. Carmel, Ill., in the opening game of the tourney. Junior Taylor Meadows hit the game-winning shot.
With a minute to go in a back-and-forth contest, Marshall County had a 64-60 lead. But the Lady Aces forged a tie on a steal and layup by sophomore Tyra Buss, who led her team with a 39-point effort.
After a time-out, the Lady Marshals looked for a winning basket and found it in the left corner, where Meadows took a pass and nailed a three-point jumper as the clock ticked inside the final second.
Meadows and Allie York each scored 17 for Marshall County. Mariah McKenty added 12 and Tory Fehrenbacher 11.
The win came in the season opener for Marshall County. The loss was the first of the season for Mt. Carmel, which won its first five games.
Marshall County 72, Harrisburg (Ill.) 58
In the second game, the Marshall County boys won a rugged physical contest against Harrisburg, Ill., by a 72-58 margin.
Some 46 fouls were whistled in the contest, which saw almost as many players hit the floor as hit the basket. Two starters fouled out for Harrisburg and three other Bulldogs finished with four fouls. The two teams shot a combined 46 free throws.
Cole Nelson led the Marshals with a game-high 25 points. Chase York added 14 and Chase Clark and Chase Buchanan scored 11 apiece. Eli Taborn-Scott led the Bulldogs, scoring 23 before fouling out late in the game. Tyler Smithpeters was the only other player in double figures for Harrisburg, with 21.
The Marshals, who defeated Ballard Memorial 77-47 Tuesday night, improved to 2-0. Harrisburg, ranked third in Illinois Class 2A, suffered its first loss after two easy victories.
Oak Hill 108, Hales Franciscan 66
Nationally ranked Oak Hill Academy of Virginia lived up to its reputation with a 108-66 victory over Hales Franciscan of Chicago. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the Warriors with 24 points.
Oak Hill led only 18-14 at the first quarter stop, but steadily pulled away from the reigning Illinois Class 2A state champions. They blew the game open in the second and third periods, outscoring Hales 25-10 and 35-18.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led all scorers with 24 points.
Louisville Ballard 82, Wilson Central 76
Louisville Ballard rallied to defeat Wilson Central of Lebanon, Tenn., 82-76 in the nightcap. The Bruins went ahead late in the third period and held on for the victory.
Ballard opened the season at home Tuesday night with an 85-76 win over Scott County.
Details of the late game were not available.
Look for a report on Saturday's games later this evening in our online edition. Full details of the Hoop Fest and more photos will be published in Tuesday's Trib.