Lady Marshals sweep Murray
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—David Green/Tribune-Courier
Mariah McKenty, back in action after missing six games with a knee injury, drives past a Murray defender.
—David Green/Tribune-Courier Mariah McKenty, back in action after missing six games with a knee injury, drives past a Murray defender.
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By David Green

Tribune-Courier Sports

sports@tribunecourier.com

DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County took a big step toward staking a claim of superiority in the Fourth District with a 41-39 win over Murray Saturday night in girls’ high school basketball.

The victory gave the Lady Marshals a sweep of the Lady Tigers this year. Marshall won 53-49 in a game at Murray Dec. 16.

With the loss, Murray is relegated to third place in the four-team district tourney seeding.

The Lady Tigers have finished district play and their record is 17-7 overall, 3-3 in league play.

Marshall, 18-8 overall and 3-1 in the district, can claim the top seed with wins this week in district games against Community Christian Academy and Calloway County.

Murray swept the regular-season series last year and then scored a 47-52 overtime victory in the first round of the district tournament, ending the Lady Marshals’ season.

Saturday night’s win gave the Lady Marshals three wins in three games last week and upped their record to 18-8, 3-1 in district play.

Celebrating the return to action of junior Mariah McKenty, who missed six games with a knee injury, the Lady Marshals won an easy victory at Marion, Ill., Tuesday and dispatched rival Graves County for the second time this year on Friday.

The three wins snapped a 13-game streak in which Marshall County, after opening the season with a 9-1 mark in their first 10 games, fell into a win-a-game, lose-a-game routine.

Three more games are on tap this week, starting with tonight’s visit to Community Christian Academy in Paducah.

The Lady Marshals already own a 68-25 district win over CCA on Jan. 7.

Calloway County, the Fourth District leader with a 4-1 mark, visits Reed Conder Gymnasium Friday for a showdown that will decide the top seed in the district tournament, unless the Lady Marshals stumble at CCA.

Calloway stole a 70-59 win in overtime on the Lady Lakers’ home court Jan. 6.

The Lady Lakers were scheduled to meet St. Mary Monday night at home.

Marshall Co. 66

Marion, Ill., 39

MARION, Ill. – Senior point guard Tory Fehrenbacher paced an easy victory over Marion’s Lady Wildcats Tuesday night, scoring 16 points.

Marshall County led by only three after one quarter, but began to pull away in the second period and went to intermission ahead 30-21, then outscored Marion 36-18 in the second half to salt away the victory.

Fehrenbacher was the only player to score in double figures, but she led a balanced attack that saw Taylor Meadows and reserve Bailey Greer add nine points apiece, Rachael Reed eight and Mariah McKenty six.

It was the first game for McKenty, a junior, since she suffered a knee injury at Paducah Tilghman Jan. 10.

Alyson Gwaltney scored nine points to lead the Lady Wildcats, 3-22 after the loss.

Marshall Co. 54

Graves Co. 42

MAYFIELD – After a back-and-forth first quarter that saw the lead change hands eight times, Marshall County pulled steadily away to post a 54-42 victory over Graves County in a high school basketball game at Graves’ Eagles Nest Friday night.

The Lady Marshals took the lead for good at 14-13 on a three-point basket by Mariah McKenty with 1:18 left in the first period.

Graves tied it at 18-18 early in the second quarter, but another three-pointer by McKenty made it 21-18 and Graves never drew even again.

Allie York led the Lady Marshals with 13, followed by Taylor Meadows with 11. McKenty, who missed six games with an injured knee and returned to action this week, scored nine points.

Gracie Martin led the Lady Eagles, 13-12, with 16 points.

Complete details of the games will be in Tuesday’s edition of the Trib.

Marshall Co. 41

Murray 39

DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County took a big step toward staking a claim of superiority in the Fourth District with a 41-39 win over Murray Saturday night in girls’ high school basketball.

The victory gave the Lady Marshals a sweep of the Lady Tigers this year. Marshall won 53-49 in a game at Murray Dec. 16.

With the loss, Murray is relegated to third place in the four-team district tourney seeding. The Lady Tigers have finished district play and their record is 17-7 overall, 3-3 in league play.

Marshall, 18-8 overall and 3-1 in the district, can claim the top seed with wins this week in district games against Community Christian Academy and Calloway County.

The Lady Marshals shut down the powerful Murray offense in the second period, limiting the Lady Tigers to only three points, to take a 21-13 halftime lead. They were outscored 26-20 in the final two periods, but hung onto the victory with just enough free throws and defensive stops.

Murray cut the lead to 40-39 in the final 30 seconds on a circus shot by Janssen Starks, who sliced inside the Marshall defense and flipped the ball up as she fell to the floor.

Marshall County’s Allie York was fouled and sank one of two free throws with 20 seconds on the clock. Kalai Trice misfired on a shot, but Murray retained possession on the rebound with 7.3 seconds left.

After a time-out, the Lady Tigers put the ball in play, but mishandled it and Tory Fehrenbacher sped downcourt and dribbled away the final seconds.

Mariah McKenty scored 12 points to lead the Lady Marshals. Taylor Meadows added 11.

Starks was the only Lady Tiger in double figures with a game-high 17.

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