MURRAY – Marshall County lived up to its No. 1 First Region ranking with a pair of decisive wins in boys’ basketball action last week.
The Marshals dropped visiting Carlisle County 79-51 on Tuesday and rolled over district opponent Murray 75-37 Friday.
Among the top performers in a week of solid all-around team play was senior guard Chase York, who scored 36 points in the two games.
Coach Gus Gillespie’s team will take a 6-0 record into a pair of Christmas tournaments, starting with a game Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Union County in the Hancock Bank/Brand 40 Classic at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School.
The Marshals will play Thursday against the host Maroons at 8 p.m. and Friday against Warren Central at 2 p.m.
Next week they will compete in the Gateway Holiday Tournament, hosted by Montgomery County High School in Mt. Sterling.
Marshall County 79
Carlisle County 51
DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County rolled to its fifth straight win, jumping out to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter and never looking back.
Chase York led a balanced attack for the winners with 17 points. Chase Buchanan added 12, and Chase Clark and Cole Nelson had 10 apiece.
York hit six of eight shots, including three of four from three-point range, and both his free throws.
He also was credited with six steals, as the Marshall defense racked up 18 thefts.
The Marshals held Carlisle County’s 6-8 Marcus Burnett, who averages 17.5 points and 15 rebounds per game, to a sub-par performance, with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Austin Rentfrow, a 6-5 sophomore, battled Burnett for much of the game, scoring five points and grabbing seven rebounds for the Marshals.
Marshall County 75
MURRAY – Marshall County fought off a sluggish first few minutes and rolled to a lopsided victory over Murray in the Fourth District opener for both schools at the Tigers’ gym Friday night.
Chase York had his second straight stellar game, with 19 points on six of eight field goals, including four of four from long range, and three of four free throws.
Chase Clark was close behind with 16 points and Austin Rentfrow added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Twenty of the Marshals’ 29 field goals came on assists, with senior point guard Cole Nelson dishing out six.
The Marshals dominated an outmanned Tiger team, with Dante Howard’s nine points topping the Murray scoring.