DRAFFENVILLE – Marshal County’s basketball Lady Marshals will be hard-pressed to get any Christmas presents better than the gift Owensboro gave them Saturday night.
The Lady Devils were guilty of 32 turnovers, 24 of them in the first half, all but erasing their chances of competing with Marshall County in a 77-41 game at Reed Conder Gymnasium.
The Lady Marshals trailed 7-6 midway in the first period when the giveaways began to mount. Marshall County finished the quarter with a 16-2 run to lead 22-10, then ran the lead to 29-10 before Owensboro scored again. The halftime margin was 46-19, and coach Joseph Simmons’ team never looked back.
“We’ve got some experienced players who know how to anticipate and know when to shoot the gaps,” Simmons said. “Sometimes we get too aggressive and get beat on cuts, but I don’t want to discourage that.”
The lead bulged to 40 points at 62-22 in the middle of the third period and Simmons gave his bench plenty of playing time, with no Lady Marshal logging fewer than four minutes.
Junior Taylor Meadows led the way with 22 points, including three of four three-point shots. Mariah McKenty added 11. The Lady Marshals totaled 20 assists, eagerly sharing the ball after taking possession via a turnover or one of 26 steals the stat sheet listed. Point guard Tory Fehrenbacher, Meadows and McKenty each had four.
Adding to their woes, the Lady Devils had trouble putting the ball in the basket. They shot a chilly 35 percent for the game, contrasted with Marshall County’s 53.3, including 46.2 on six of 13 three-pointers.
Ninth-graders Alyssa Barnard and Amanda Bailey came off the bench to lead the team with six rebounds each. Starting center Alex Brown had five.
Trionna Greer led Owensboro with 15 points, followed closely by Sade Greer with 14. The Lady Devils won the rebounding battle 34-33, with Sade Greer getting half of them with 17 to record a double-double.
n The Lady Marshals have a full week on tap, opening with a Monday night at home against Massac County of Metropolis, Ill., followed by another home encounter this evening against Carlisle County. The first road trip of the year is set for Friday, in a Fourth District matchup at Murray.