A busy week for the Lady Marshals basketball team started with a double-overtime loss which stopped a winning streak at six games, but finished with the team starting another streak with three straight wins.
The team also pulled together in support of junior Alyssa Barnard, who missed one of the games after her father, MCHS football coach Ron Barnard, was injured in a highway crash on Friday (related story, below).
The defeat came at the hands of Martin (Tenn.) Westview on Jan. 20. Marshall County bounced back to defeat Second Region opponent Hopkinsville the next night and then won two games in the Gunner’s Magic Train Classic, topping McCracken County and Cairo, Ill.
Barnard, a 6-0 junior forward-center, leads the team with a 13-plus points-per-game average. She scored 10, 19 and 20 points in the three games she played last week against Westview, Hopkinsville and Cairo.
The week’s action left the two-time defending First Region champions with an 18-3 overall record, second only to Fourth District rival Murray, which was 20-2 after claiming the championship Saturday in the All “A” First Region tournament at Paducah.
The Lady Marshals are 1-1 in district play, with a loss at district leader Murray (2-0) and a victory at Calloway County. Murray visits Marshall County on Feb. 8 and Calloway (10-9, 0-2) comes to Reed Conder Gymnasium on Feb. 14 to decide seeding for the district tournament, which will be held at Marshall County the last week of February.
THIS WEEK: The Lady Marshals travel to Christian County tonight for a 7:30 game against the Lady Colonels. They are at home Friday in a girls-boys double-header against Paducah Tilghman on homecoming night.
The Lady Marshals have won four straight against Christian County, including a 64-48 win at home last year. The last win by the Lady Colonels came in December 2008 in a Christmas tournament at Greenwood.
This year’s Christian County team comes into the week with a 7-10 record.
On Sunday afternoon, Marshall County travels to Madisonville to take on Franklin-Simpson for the championship of Hopkins County Central’s Lady Storm UMW Classic. The final day of the holiday tournament on Dec. 21 was interrupted by a power outage caused by thunderstorms, and the finale was rescheduled. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Marshall Co. 54
McCracken Co. 27
The Lady Marshals had easy pickings Friday with McCracken County, playing without the services of sophomore guard Maddye Rice, one of the team’s top players.
Rice suffered a broken bone in her right foot during a 49-47 Lady Mustangs victory at Cairo, Ill., Jan. 21.
On Friday, the Lady Marshals held McCracken to single digits through the first half, with a 33-9 advantage at intermission. McCracken County shot a cool 28 percent from the floor, hitting only 8 of 29 shots.
Marshall County was cool from long range, making good on only 1 of 11 3-point tries, but was 19-of-42 overall for 45 percent. They outrebounded McCracken 30-21, led by Fehrenbacher with five. Four of her rebounds were on the offensive glass.
Senior forward Toni Fehrenbacher had her best offensive performance of the season, hitting 5-of-8 shots from the floor and leading all scorers with 13 points. Michaela Manley was close behind with 12.
Jacqueline Roof had 12 for the Lady Mustangs.
It was the second win in two meetings between the two teams. Marshall County won 54-39 on Dec. 13 at McCracken County. The Lady Mustangs slipped to 12-9 with the loss.
McCracken Co. 5 9 16 27
Marshall Co. 24 33 47 54
McCRACKEN CO. – Lexie Baer, Alex Smith 7, Maria Lemus 3, Jacqueline Roof 12, Kaylyn Telfair 2, Shelby Turner, Emily Perry, Kyla Kidd 1, Amanda Weir, Autumn Gordham, Calley Wommack 2, Carla Schmidt, Sonja Rocha
MARSHALL CO. – Bailey Greer 8, Allie York 4, Toni Fehrenbacher 13, Michaela Manley 12, Hannah Langhi 8, Nikki Fehrenbacher, Melissa Ross 3, Lexee Miller, Payton Smothers, Briley English, Josey Powell, Amanda Bailey 3, Miyah Davis 3
Marshall Co. 66
Allie York provided the firepower in the first half and Alyssa Barnard led the way in the final two periods as Marshall County topped Second Region visitor Hoptown Jan. 21.
York hit a trio of 3-point shots in the second quarter to help the Lady Marshals pull away from a 14-11 first-quarter lead. The margin grew to as much as 13 points just before Hopkinsville got a basket from Jaericka Grubbs 30 seconds before intermission to make it 32-21.
Barnard got on track in the third quarter, getting inside baskets plus free throws twice in a row after Hopkinsville had clawed to within 5 points and then hitting a 3-point jumper after the Lady Tigers pulled within 4. Melissa Ross was fouled on a desperation 3-point try from the corner just before the buzzer and hit all three free throws to make it 48-38 at the end of the third quarter.
Hopkinsville refused to quit and made several runs in the final period, but each time Marshall County had an answer and the lead never dropped below 5 points.
Jlynn Majors got 6 straight points on a 3-pointer, a steal and layup and free throw in a 15-second flurry to make it 59-53 as the clock worked inside 1:30, but sophomore guard Nikki Fehrenbacher stood her ground as Majors drove for a layup to draw a charge and stop the scoring streak.
The Lady Marshals closed it out by hitting 5 of 9 free throws – not great, but more than good enough when combined with their defense, which stopped Hoptown on four straight possessions and built the lead to 66-56 before Majors got a final basket before the buzzer.
Bailey Greer and Michaela Manley added 10 apiece.
Hopkinsville 11 21 38 58
Marshall Co. 14 32 48 66
HOPKINSVILLE – Jaliyah Grubbs, Madison Duvall 6, Haley Cook 16, Jakiera Majors 6, Jlynn Majors 23, Jaericka Grubbs 5, Jordyn Hornbuckle, Adrieonna Earthman 6
MARSHALL CO. – Bailey Greer 10, Allie York 17, Toni Fehrenbacher 3, Michaela Manley 10, Alyssa Barnard 19, Nikki Fehrenbacher, Melissa Ross 3, Payton Smothers, Amanda Bailey, Hannah Langhi 4
Marshall Co. 63 (2OT)
Shooting from the free-throw line and behind the 3-point line lifted Martin (Tenn.) Westview to a double-overtime victory over Marshall County Jan. 20.
Freshman center Hannah Langhi led the Lady Marshals with 15 points off the bench. Junior Alyssa Barnard, who starts at center and often plays in a double-post formation with Langhi also in the game, had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
But Westview got 30 points from guard Tiffany Rechis, who was 5-for-7 from long range.
The Lady Chargers shot only 37 percent overall from the floor, compared to the Lady Marshals’ 53 percent accuracy. The visitors were outrebounded 37-27.
But they blistered the nets from long range, hitting 12 of 20 for 60 percent, and from the line, nailing 16 of 23 for just under 70 percent. Four of five starters hit at least one 3-pointer.
Marshall County rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the second period. The Lady Marshals tied it at 39-39 on a basket by Langhi to open the fourth quarter and they took the lead at 50-48 on a shot by senior Allie York with 1:29 to go.
The teams traded the lead until Toni Fehrenbacher’s basket knotted the score at 54-54 with 2.8 seconds left, forcing overtime.
Marshall County had the final shot in the first extra period, but Fehrenbacher’s try bounced off the rim and the teams went to a second OT at 59-59.
Westview took a 65-63 lead on two free throws by Rechis with 1:01 to go and added one of two charity shots by Kendall Leyhue for the final margin. Barnard missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Westview 17 27 39 54 59 66
Marshall 11 22 37 54 59 63
WESTVIEW – Alexux Taylor 4, Kaley Leyhue 17, Tiffany Rechis 30, Kendall Leyhue 10, Dianna Flippen, Titi Vincent, Lydia Pritchett 5, Jordyn Greene
MARSHALL CO. – Bailey Greer 14, Allie York 8, Toni Fehrenbacher 4, Michaela Manley 12, Alyssa Barnard 10, Melissa Ross, Hannah Langhi 15