DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County, owners of a 75-56 victory over Madisonville-North Hopkins on the Maroons’ home court Dec. 22, picked up another win over the Second Region team Saturday night, but had to fight for their lives before recording it.
The Marshals won 64-59 and, with two victories in the Gunner’s Magic Train Shootout at Reed Conder Gymnasium, improved to 19-1.
In the opening day of the two-day, seven-game shootout, the Marshals dispatched Arnold of Panama City Beach, Fla., 62-32.
The Marshals take a short road trip to Eddyville for a meeting with Lyon County tonight and are at home against Paducah Tilghman on Friday as the season moves into its final four weeks before district tournament play begins.
Marshall Co. 62
DRAFFENVILLE – The Marshals broke away from a 6-6 tie with a 9-2 run as the first quarter came to an end, throttled the Marlins 12-3 in the second period and stretched the margin the rest of the way to claim their eighth straight victory Friday night.
Chase Buchanan led a balanced scoring attack for the winners with 11 points. Starters Chase Clark and Cole Nelson had 10 apiece and Tanner Jessup came off the bench to score 10.
Doug Lott was the Marlins’ leading scorer with a game-high 12 points.
Marshall Co. 64
DRAFFENVILLE – After rolling to a 33-19 halftime lead, Marshall County came out after intermission and got an immediate basket inside from freshman center Austin Rentfrow, who took a crisp pass from Chase York and banked in an easy one.
After that, the Marshals’ played turned a tad complacent, and Madisonville, turning up the defensive pressure with physical play, exploited it.
The Maroons reeled off 10 straight points to cut the lead to 35-29 before Marshall County senior point guard Cole Nelson scored.
The Maroons were never able,to pull even with the Marshals the rest of the way, they were never completely out of touch until Marshall County nailed six of eight free throws in the final 48 seconds to secure the win.
Madisonville clawed to with two points at 52-50 with just under three minutes left in the game.
Then Cole Nelson and Tanner Jessup each hit one of two free throws and Peter Northcutt hit two of two to make it 56-50.
The Maroons never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Nelson had a nearly perfect game, hitting eight of eight shots from the floor, including two three-pointers.
He missed three free throws, but was good on nine others for a total of 27 points.
Rentfrow finished with 10 and led the Marshals with eight rebounds before fouling out of the whistle-marred contest.