DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County, one of the top-ranked girls’ basketball teams in the First Region, clashed with the top two teams in the Second Region last week and came out on the short end of both contests.
In between, in the first game of the Gunner’s Magic Train Shootout, the Lady Marshals secured a victory against Arnold of Panama City Beach, Fla.
The outcome of the three games, all at home in Reed Conder Gymnasium, continued a rollercoaster trend in which Marshall County has lost every other game. During that time, since their second loss of the season Dec. 28 against Boone County, the team’s record has slipped from 9-1 to 14-7.
Henderson County, ranked No. 1 in the Second Region in last week’s Litkenhous Ratings, improved to 16-2 while Hopkinsville won a pair of games on the road Friday and Saturday to improve to 16-3.
Against Hopkinsville, the Lady Marshals rallied from seven points down to take the lead, but stumbled down the stretch and suffered a 60-49 setback.
After opening the seven-game shootout with a 64-35 win over Arnold, the Lady Marshals trailed by only one point at halftime, but were outscored 32-23 in the second half and fell to Henderson County 64-54.
The Lady Marshals travel to Christian County for a 7:30 p.m. game tonight and are at home against Paducah Tilghman Friday at 6 p.m.
Marshall Co. 49
DRAFFENVILLE – Turnovers, defensive lapses and fouls in the fourth quarter enabled Hopkinsville to pull away to a decisive victory Tuesday night.
The Lady Marshals led by two at the first quarter stop, trailed for four at halftime and fell behind by as much as seven points in the third quarter.
A rally erased the lead early in the final period, with Marshall County taking the lead at 39-38 on a pair of free throws by Allie York with 7:03 left to play.
The teams swapped the lead, with a basket by York putting the Lady Marshals back on top 43-42 with just over five minutes remaining.
Then the Lady Tigers went on a 13-0 run, the explosion fueled by three consecutive MC turnovers that were converted into baskets.
Tory Fehrenbacher was the only Lady Marshal to score in double figures. The senior point guard tallied 13, and also recorded seven steals.
Senior forward Christy Soldo scored 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners.
Marshall Co. 64
DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County led by only three points at the first quarter stop and by five at halftime, but pulled away in the second half, outscoring Arnold 37-13 over the final 16 minutes.
Allie York scored 21 points and Taylor Meadows added 13 to lead the Lady Marshals past the visitors from Florida. Joanne Booker topped the Lady Marlins with 15 points.
Marshall County hit 16 of 22 free throws, including their final six in a row in the final minutes of the game.
The win improved Marshall County’s record to 14-6.
Henderson Co. 64
Marshall Co. 54
DRAFFENVILLE – The Lady Marshals led 4-2 in the early going but fell behind 11-8.
Marshall County went up 14-12 on a basket by Tory, Fehrenbacher at the 7:25 mark.
The teams swapped the lead seven times before the horn sounded on a 32-31 Lady Colonels lead.
Henderson County pushed the lead to 34-31 and never trailed after that.
Tapp led all scorers with 27 points and also pulled down 14 rebounds to lead a 31-20 Lady Colonel victory in rebounding.
Meadows paced Marshall County with 21 points and Allie York added 17.