PADUCAH – McCracken County’s Lady Mustangs bolted from the starting gate looking like anything but an 0-2 team Friday night.
But the quick start was overcome by a savvy Marshall County team, which pulled away for a 54-39 victory Friday at Strawberry Hills Arena.
It was the first game between the Lady Marshals and the new McCracken County High School and the debut varsity event in the school’s gymnasium, with a healthy and boisterous crowd on hand.
Senior forward Allie York led the way for Marshall County with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Reserve freshman center Hannah Langhi added 11 points, sometimes rotating with and sometimes playing in tandem with junior post Alyssa Barnard, who had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
McCracken County raced ahead 6-0 before the Lady Marshals got on the scoreboard, and extended the advantage to 11-2 in the first five minutes.
The Lady Marshals outscored McCracken 7-0 the rest of the opening quarter to cut the lead to 11-9.
They tied it at 12-12 on a basket by Michaela Manley at the 6-minute mark in the second period.
But McCracken went back on top at 16-14 on a bucket by sophomore guard Maddye Rice midway in the period.
Marshall County quickly regained the lead at 17-16 on a 3-point basket by junior point guard Bailey Greer, but Rice answered by hitting both ends of a bonus free-throw chance.
The Lady Marshals went ahead for good on York’s basket with 2:18 left before halftime, and outscored McCracken 7-1 in the final 2 minutes for a 24-19 lead before the horn sounded.
Baskets by York, Bernard and Manley pushed the lead to 30-19 to open the third quarter.
The Lady Mustangs fought back gamely, cutting the lead from 11 points to 35-31 late in the period, putting together a 10-3 run fueled by 7 points by Rice.
Barnard made it 37-31 at the end of the quarter.
Still, McCracken was not done. They trimmed the lead to 37-34 with 6:42 to play before Marshall County ran off 9 straight points to take a 46-34 advantage with just under 3 minutes left.
Rice led the Lady Mustangs with 18 points and nine rebounds.
THIS WEEK: Marshall County is at home against Fort Campbell at 7 p.m. today and then moves into the first of two Christmas holiday tournaments, the Lady Storm United Mine Workers of America Classic Friday and Saturday at Hopkins County Central in Madisonville.
Fort Campbell brings an 0-3 record to Reed Conder Gymnasium tonight, and the Lady Marshals’ opponent Friday in Madisonville, Owensboro Senior High, is 1-3 going into tonight’s game against Christian County.
The Lady Marshals will play two games on Saturday, with the opponents yet to be determined.
Marshall Co. 9 24 37 54
McCracken Co. 11 19 31 39
MARSHALL CO. – MARSHALL COUNTY – Bailey Greer 9, Allie York 19, Toni Fehrenbacher 4, Michaela Manley 6, Alyssa Barnard 8, Nikki Fehrenbacher 2, Josey Powell, Miyah Davis, Hannah Langhi 11
McCRACKEN CO. – Lexie Baer, Alex Smith 6, Maddye Rice 18, Jacqueline Roof 7, Casey Womack, Shelby Turner, Maria Lemus 3, Emily Perry, Kyla Kidd, Amanda Weir, Autumn Gordham, Kaylyn Telfair 5
O’boro Cath. 11 28 48 56
Marshall Co. 16 31 48 58
OWENSBORO CATH. – Mikayla Berry 14, Haley Garvin 6, Alex Wilson 3,Kaylyn Pearson 10, Destiny Howard 12, Payton Hite, Emily Marshall, Annabelle Moore 11, Caroline Hayden
MARSHALL CO. – Bailey Greer 9, Allie York 12, Toni Fehrenbacher 8, Michaela Manley 6, Alyssa Barnard 8, Nikki Fehrenbacher, Lexee Miller, Payton Smothers, Briley English, Josey Powell, Hannah Langhi 10