A sixth consecutive victory over Paducah Tilghman, the second win over the Blue Tornado this season by a 10-point margin and a 1,000th point for senior Chase Clark highlighted the week’s action for Marshall County’s basketball Marshals.
Clark, a senior who is averaging 18.8 points per game this year, was a cinch to join the 1,000-point club. He did it with the first of two free throws late in Friday night’s game at Paducah Tilghman.
He’s the second player to reach the 1,000-point mark this year. Lady Marshal Taylor Meadows achieved that milestone earlier this year.
The streak of success against Tilghman is largely believed to be unprecedented among First Region teams
Earlier in the week, the Marshals rolled to a 62-26 win over Lyon County.
The week’s action left them with an 18-4 overall record, tops in the First Region, with a homecoming encounter against the No. 2 team in the region, 18-5 Graves County, on Friday.
Graves, after trailing most of the way, stole a 42-40 victory over the visiting Marshals on Jan. 11. The Eagles play at Tilghman tonight while Marshall County also travels to McCracken County to play Heath.
The game against the 13-6 Pirates will be the last before Heath, Lone Oak and Reidland are consolidated into McCracken County High School next year.
The Marshals won 93-51 last year and won in their last visit to West Paducah 54-33 in January 2011.
Saturday brings a Fourth District encounter with Murray on the Tigers’ home court. The Marshals won 61-36 at home on Dec. 14.
The Marshals can take an important step toward clinching top seed in the district tournament with a win at Murray. Their 3-0 record includes wins over Murray, Calloway County and Community Christian. Calloway, with a buzzer-beating, 64-63 overtime win at home against Murray on Friday, has a 4-1 district mark and is third-best in the region at 16-6 overall.
On Friday, the Marshals are at home against Graves County, which came from behind to win a 42-40 decision Jan. 11 in Mayfield.
At Paducah Friday night, the Marshals had to contend with a barrage of three-point baskets that kept Tilghman on the verge of contention much of the game. Blue Tornado shooters nailed 11 of 23 shots from long range, with Andre Strayhorn and Sayveon McEwen hitting five of eight and three of six, respectively.
But Marshal was even deadlier overall, hitting 25 of 40 shots for 62.5 percent. Freshman D.J. Pigg hit the only three-pointer, but the Marshals attempted only seven.
They punched the ball inside the center Austin Rentfrow, who was good on 10 of 15 shots and added two of three free throws for a game-high 22 points.
Marshall County also got solid play from seniors Noah Steele (15 points) and Clark, the team’s leading scorer (14). Steele also had a team-high six rebounds.
McEwen led the Blue Tornado with 21 points. Strayhorn added 15.
Marshall Co. 20 28 50 64
Pad. Tilghman 12 26 38 54
MARSHALL CO.: Landon Taylor 6, Noah Steele 15, Nathan Solomon 2, Chase Clark 14, Austin Rentfrow 22, D.J. Pigg 5, Nolan Nichols, Collin Travis, Dalton McCoy
PADUCAH TILGHMAN: Sayveon McEwen 21, Andre Strayhorn 15, Conner Layne 1, Eric Youngblood 3, Emmanual Abbage 2, Malik Wilson, Austin Mayes 5, Jesse Dunigan 3, Michael Davis 4
Marshall Co. 62,
Lyon Co. 26
The Marshals overpowered their neighbors from Eddyville, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on three straight baskets by Austin Rentfrow and never looking back.
The 6-7 Rentfrow dominated inside, hitting 12 of 15 shots and pulling down 11 rebounds. His only weakness was at the free-throw line, where he missed all three attempts.
He was the only Marshal to score in double figures, as coach Gus Gillespie used his bench liberally. Sophomore Dalton McCoy had eight points, two rebounds and an assist in just under seven minutes of play.
Chase Clark scored nine points as he closed in on the 1,000-point mark for his career, and also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jericho Wilkerson led the Lyons of the Second Region, who slipped to 10-9 with the loss. They defeated Dawson Springs and lost to Reidland Friday and Saturday to take an 11-10 record into the last two weeks of the regular season.
Lyon Co. 6 16 22 26
Marshall Co. 15 32 46 62
LYON CO.: Thomas Scott 3, Tyler Martin 3, Bobby Staples 5, Jericho Wilkerson 6, Jordan Gary 4, Ben Rooyakkers, Jesse Spencer, Brandon White 3, Jake Cannon, Zach Poiston 2
MARSHALL CO.: Noah Steele 9, Nathan Solomon 5, Mason Wooten, Chase Clark 9, Austin Rentfrow 24, Landon Taylor 2, D.J. Pigg, Beau Phillips 3, Cole Barnard 2, Nolan Nichols, Drew Warnick, Collin Travis, Dalton McCoy 8, Skyler Van Meter