DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County’s basketball Lady Marshals turned in a stirring performance to turn back Christian County on Tuesday, but suffered a disappointing loss to Paducah Tilghman on Friday night.
The results leave Marshall County at 15-8 with seven games left on the schedule. In the last 14 games, they are 7-7, following each win with a loss in the next outing.
In the last three pairs of 1-1 results, they have been without the services of junior Mariah McKenty, who suffered a sprained ankle on Jan. 10 against Tilghman at Paducah. McKenty is expected to return to action this week.
Her services will help in a week that promises to be tough, with a visit tonight to Marion, Ill., followed by another road trip to Graves County on Friday and a key Fourth District matchup at home against Murray on Saturday.
The Lady Marshals are 2-1 in district play, including a 53-49 win at Murray .
Murray, 16-5 overall, is 3-1 in the district.
Marshall Co. 47
Christian Co. 45
HOPKINSVILLE – A third-quarter disaster turned into a fourth-quarter triumph for Marshall County’s Lady Marshals, who rallied from 10 points down in the second half to defeat Christian County 47-45 Tuesday night.
Junior Taylor Meadows had 19 points to lead the victory. The Lady Marshals are now 15-7.
A pair of free throws by Tory Fehrenbacher cut the lead to five at 41-36 with a little more than three minutes to go. Two straight three-point baskets by Meadows put the Lady Marshals ahead at 42-41.
The lead switched hands twice before Fehrenbacher drove the lane for a basket that put Marshall County ahead 46-45 with 36 seconds left.
Then it was Allie York’s turn to shine. The sophomore forward recovered a loose ball after Christian County missed a shot with 13.6 seconds to go, and after Fehrenbacher uncharacteristically missed on a one-and-one free throw opportunity, York had a deflection to Meadows, giving Marshall County possession.
Meadows was fouled and hit one of two free throws with 2.9 seconds left and the Lady Colonels had no time for a buzzer-beating shot.
York added 12 points for the Lady Marshals. Martessia Williams led the Lady Colonels, 8-11, with 13.
Marshall Co. 44
DRAFFENVILLE – Tilghman, which had jumped on visiting Marshall County Jan. 10 in Paducah, lost no time in taking command in the rematch at Reed Conder Gym, blowing out to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter.
Tilghman never let up and steadily pulled away for the win, improving to 18-5. It’s a marked turnaround for the Lady Tornado, 13-15 a year ago including two losses to Marshall County. But that season was marred by the loss of talented guard Chelsey Shumpert to a knee injury before the middle part of the season.
Shumpert, who burned the Lady Marshals for 25 points at Tilghman, was held to 17, but that was still good enough for game scoring honors.
Taylor Meadows and Allie York led the Lady Marshals with 12 and 11 points, respectively.