DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County’s Lady Marshals basketball team opened the season by winning nine of the first 10 games, and then became stuck in an up-and-down sequence of inconsistent results in the late midseason.
But the team hit its stride to finish the regular season with a seven-game winning streak.
Allie York scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Lady Marshals to a 57-44 win over Ballard Memorial Tuesday night at Reed Conder Gymnasium.
Coach Joseph Simmons’ team celebrated Senior Night as they closed out regular-season play with a 22-8 record. Point guard Tory Fehrenbacher and forward Melanie McKendree are the only seniors on the squad.
York got the game’s first basket and added a free throw to make it a 3-0 lead, and Marshall County never looked back. The Lady Marshals raced out to a 19-4 lead the first quarter stop and were never threatened.
York, a sophomore, and junior Taylor Meadows provided all but two of the first-quarter points. Each had a two- and a three-point basket, and York was three-for-three from the free-throw line while Meadows hit two of three charity tosses.
Fehrenbacher got the other two points as Ballard fell behind 9-0 before getting on the scoreboard with a three-point shot by Destinee Benton midway in the period.
The margin never got smaller than 11 points the rest of the way.
Marshall County shot 45.5 percent from the floor while limiting the Lady Bombers to 32 percent.
The Lady Marshals also cashed in a the line, hitting 23 of 37 free throws compared to Ballard’s 11 of 16.
York led a 34-26 edge in rebounding.
Ballard, the No. 2-seeded team in the Third District, finishes 14-11.
Meadows added 10 points for the Lady Marshals. Brandi Jones led the Lady Bombers with 18.