Marshall County put up a valiant effort before falling to highly ranked and highly regarded Henderson County in the headliner of last week’s high school basketball action.
The Lady Colonels trailed 30-29 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half to take a 72-58 win over the Lady Marshals Friday in one of six games in the Gunner’s Magic Train Classic tournament at Reed Conder Gymnasium.
Marshall County bounced back from that setback to defeat Central Hardin 56-15 on Saturday night.
That gave the team a 15-6 record with nine games to go in the regular season.
This week’s schedule was set to begin with a trip to Hopkinsville on Monday to make up a game postponed from last week because of icy weather.
Christian County visits Conder Gym tonight.
The Lady Marshals own last year, 47-45, at Hopkinsville, their fourth consecutive win over the Lady Colonels since a 66-57 loss in December 2008.
Christian County is 4-12, with only a single victory in the last nine games.
On Friday, the Lady Marshals travel to Paducah Tilghman.
The Lady Tornado had a 13-6 record going into this week. Tilghman opened the season with eight straight wins, but has been erratic since then. After scoring a 76-63 win at Marshall County on Jan. 11, they lost their next two games, to Ballard Memorial and Henderson County.
Henderson won at home by a 68-51 score Jan. 14.
A game scheduled Saturday at Union City, Tenn., was canceled.
Henderson Co. 72,
Marshall Co. 58
The Lady Colonels, ranked second in the Litkenhous Ratings, took command with a 21-6 third-quarter blitz after the Lady Marshals forged a 30-29 lead at halftime.
The third period was the only lull for Marshall County, which matched Henderson point for point in a vigorous fourth quarter that saw each team score 22.
Henderson led from the start until Bailey Greer’s three-point shot put Marshall ahead 21-19 with 5:35 left before halftime.
Henderson County fought back to tie it at 26-26, but Taylor Meadows broke the tie with a basket and then was fouled on a three-point attempt. She hit two of them to put the Lady Marshals up 30-26 with 44 seconds to go.
Henderson County closed the gap to one before the buzzer.
They ran off the first six points of the second half before Meadows gave Marshall County its first points after intermission by hitting the second of two free throws with 6:25 showing.
But that point was the only one for the Lady Marshals against a 15-point surge by the visitors, who led 44-31 before the home team got two more free throws.
Meadows, who got all six points for Marshall County in the third frame, hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to make it 50-36.
The Lady Marshal senior finished as the game’s high scorer with 23. Greer added 16 and Mariah McKenty had 10.
Ellie Fruit led a balanced Lady Colonel attack with 20 points. Kacie Wallace and Maci Brown had 14 apiece and DeAsia Outlaw contributed 13 points and nine rebounds.
Henderson Co. 17 29 50 72
Marshall Co. 14 30 36 58
HENDERSON CO.: Samantha Carter 5, Kacie Wallace 14, Maci Brown 14, Ellie Fruit 20, DeAsia Outlaw 13, Callie Francis, Brooke Tapp 6
MARSHALL CO.: Bailey Greer 16, Taylor Meadows 23, Mariah McKenty 10, Toni Fehrenbacher 4, Alex Brown 7, Claire Waggoner, Melissa Ross, Rachael Reed, Alyssa Barnard 2
Marshall Co. 56,
Central Hardin 15
Marshall County limited Central Hardin to only five points over the final three periods to win going away Saturday night.
The 36-5 advantage was piled on top of a 20-10 first-quarter score, and the young Lady Bruins, whose starting lineup includes an eighth-grader and two sophomores, were never in it.
Coach Joseph Simmons substituted liberally, with his starters playing approximately half the 32 minutes.
Mariah McKenty led the Lady Marshals with 13 points, the only player on either team to reach double figures. Aislynn Barnes led Central Hardin with four.
Central Hardin 10 12 13 15
Marshall Co. 20 35 51 56
CENTRAL HARDIN: Aislyn Barnes 4, Mariah Helton 4, Shelby Maggard 3, Melanie Humphrey 2, Decarai Anderson, Kayla Loyall, Mikeala Worth 2, Ellen Nichols, Caynan Powell, Quortesha Cross, Autumn Jaggers, Emily Kerr, Jasmine Zachringer 1, Kelly Kuprinski
MARSHALL CO.: Bailey Greer 6, Taylor Meadows 8, Mariah McKenty 13, Toni Fehrenbacher 2, Alex Brown 7, Claire Waggoner, Maryanna Frazier 1, Melissa Ross 5, Nikki Fehrenbacher, Michaela Manley 2, Amanda Bailey 6, Kenslie Cross, Rachael Reed 4, Caitlyn York, Alyssa Barnard 2