BOWLING GREEN – Marshall County came up just short against Hopkinsville, falling 56-52 in a first-round game of the girls’ Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament Thursday at E.A. Diddle Arena.
A rally carried the Lady Marshals from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to a one-point lead with just over a minute left to play, but Hopkinsville closed out the game with a 5-0 run to seal the win and advance to the second round.
Mariah McKenty, who hit four three-point shots and led the Marshals with 15 points, nailed two of her long jumpers during the steady comeback run. Tory Fehrenbacher also had a three-pointer during the rally.
Freshman Alyssa Barnard wrestled a rebound away from Hopkinsville after McKenty misfired on a three-pointer and muscled the ball back up and in, putting the Lady Marshals ahead at 52-51 with 1:09 left to play.
The lead was short-lived. Christy Soldo, the Lady Tigers’ leading scorer, rebounded a missed shot and put it back in, putting Hopkinsville back in front.
The Lady Marshals had one more chance to regain the lead, but Taylor Meadows’ three-point shot missed and Hopkinsville rebounded with 15 seconds to go. Marshall County, with only four team fouls, had to commit three quick ones to put Hopkinsville on the line.
Trina Cager misfired on the front end of the one-and-one with 12 seconds left, but Soldo got the rebound. She was fouled, and sank two clinching free throws.
Soldo led all scorers with 24 points. Haley Cook added 12.
Hopkinsville, 32-4, advances to the quarterfinal round against Marion County, a 56-49 winner over Walton-Verona.
The Lady Marshals end their season 27-9.