MURRAY – Marshall County steamrolled overmatched Hickman County 84-25 Monday night to close the first session of the First Region basketball tournament at Murray State University’s CFSB Center.
In the opener, Lone Oak defeated Graves County 50-40. Lone Oak and Marshall County will meet Friday at 6 p.m. in the first of two semifinal games.
The contest between the 25-8 Lady Marshals, champions of the Fourth District, and 4-23 Lady Pilots, runners-up to Carlisle County in the First District, was just as uneven as the two teams’ records would suggest.
Hickman County, with seven freshmen among its 11 varsity players, was frustrated at every turn – even at the scorer’s table, where the team’s scorekeeper claimed the Lady Pilots should have had 27 points instead of 25. But the score as reported by the KHSAA website was 84-25.
Marshall County struggled to put the ball in the basket in the early going, missing at least its first four or five shots, yet ran up a 23-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
The Lady Marshal defense was just as proficient as the offense was troublesome. Marshall County logged 29 steals, six by Mariah McKenty and five apiece by Tory Fehrenbacher and his sister, Toni.
Marshall coach Joseph Simmons used his bench liberally and 13 players scored. Four reached double figures, led by starters Taylor Meadows with 17 and McKenty with 14, plus reserves Bailey Greer with 11 and Alyssa Barnard with 10.
TONIGHT: Murray and Carlisle County play in the first game at 6 p.m., followed by Paducah Tilghman and Ballard Memorial in the nightcap at 7:30.
Murray suffered a heartbreak loss to Marshall County in the Fourth District tournament finale Thursday night while Carlisle defeated Hickman County 52-41 to win the First District.
Paducah Tilghman, at 27-5, is the top team in the region. But the Second District champions lost one game to 15-13 Ballard Memorial, runner-up to Graves County in the Third District tournament championship.
WEDNESDAY: After Fulton City and Lone Oak open the first session of boys’ play at 6 p.m., Marshall County takes on Graves County, the only region team to defeat the Marshals this year. Graves won a 63-60 decision at home Feb. 3.
Since that win, the Eagles are 3-2, including a 40-30 loss at Lone Oak and a 66-48 defeat at the hands of St. Mary in the Third District tournament championship. Marshall County, 29-2, has won seven straight.