DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County’s boys won a pair of games in the Hoop Fest, while the Lady Marshals won one and lost one.
The Marshall County teams scored a sweep over Massac County in the tourney’s first two games on Friday afternoon, the boys winning 52-39 and the girls eking out a 49-48 win. On Saturday, the Lady Marshals were overpowered by Tyra Buss and the Mount Vernon (Ill.) Lady Aces 71-57 while the Marshals held off Wilson Central of Lebanon, Tenn.
Buss, who scored 39 points in a loss to the Lady Marshals last year, had 38 this year.
Boys: MC 52, Massac 39
Massac County took a 3-2 lead early in the game, but the Marshals regained command on the next possession and led the rest of the way to score their second victory of the season.
Chase Clark had 17 to lead the winners, while Austin Rentfrow chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Dalton Mitchell paced Massac County with 13, followed by Dazmeon Nickerson with 11.
The difference was at the free-throw line, where Marshall County was good on 20 of 28 tries compared to Massac’s three of five.
Clark, after hitting nine of nine free throws in a season-opening win over Ballard Memorial, struggled Friday, hitting only five of 10. But Nathan Solomon and Casey White were each good on five of six, and Rentfrow hit all four of his charity shots.
Marshall County shot 42.5 percent from the floor, but was a red-hot 53.8 percent from three-point range, hitting seven of 13. The Patriots had a higher field goal percentage overall (46.6), but hit only seven of 21 from long range.
Massac 8 19 26 39
Marshall 15 27 36 52
MASSAC: Dazmeon Nickerson 11, Davontay Blye 7, Dalton Mitchell 13, Austin Kendall 2, Ethan Schulte 6, Daniel Fort, Kevin Welsh, Jalen Roundtree, Kyle Renwald
MARSHALL: Landon Taylor 6, Nathan Solomon 5, Casey White 9, Chase Clark 17, Austin Rentfrow 12, D.J. Pigg, Nolan Nichols 2, Dalton Greenfield 1
Marshall Co. 2-0, Massac Co. 4-2
MC 46, Winston Cent. 44
Marshall County trailed only once, a 4-2 in the early going, but had to fight off repeated Wilson Central rallies that forged ties at 22 and 24 in the third period. The Marshals finally built an eight-point advantage at 36-28 early in the fourth quarter and a double-figures gap at 42-32 with 1:12 to go.
Wilson Central fought fiercely to the end, though, getting a three-pointer from Jon Rosshirt with just over a second to go to make it a two-point margin of victory.
The Marshals played much of the middle stages without leading scorer Chase Clark, who picked up his third foul early in the second quarter and finished the game after getting his fourth whistle with just six seconds left in the third period.
Austin Rentfrow led the Marshals with 13 points and Clark added 12. For the second game in a row, he struggled from the free-throw line, hitting only five of 11 shots.
As a team, the Marshals hit 18 of 30 free throws compared to 11 of 18 for Wilson Central.
Ben Palmer took game scoring honors with 15 for Wilson Central. Jacob Williams added 12.
Wilson Cent. 8 18 26 44
Marshall 9 22 29 46
WILSON: Jon Rosshirt 3, Blake Huffman 6, Jacob Williams 12, Matthew Hall 5, Ben Palmer 15, Casey Brandon, Andre Carder 3, Preston Reed 1
MARSHALL: Landon Taylor 3, Nathan Solomon 4, Casey White 8, Chase Clark 12,Austin Rentfrow 13, D.J. Pigg 6, Cole Barnard, Nolan Nichols, Dalton Greenfield, Dalton McCoy
Girls: MC 45, Massac 38
Marshall County saw an early lead melt away in the third quarter and then had to get a free throw from Alyssa Barnard with a fraction of a second remaining to pull out the victory Friday.
The Lady Marshals led 27-18 at intermission, but Massac County stormed back in the third period and went ahead 32-30 at the 2:38 mark on a three-point shot by Gracyn McBride.
Alex Brown tied it with a basket seconds later, but McBride nailed another long one to make it 35-32 at the 2:17 mark.
Mariah McKenty fed Brown for another inside bucket to cut the lead to one and the teams battled each other until the end of the frame, when Marshall’s Toni Fehrenbacher let go a shot from just inside half court. The shot was good as the buzzer sounded, and the Lady Marshals were back in front 37-35.
They never trailed again and built a six-point lead at 46-40 on a three-pointer by McKenty midway in the final quarter. Again Massac battled back and tied it at 48-48 with 11 seconds left on a jumper by Kaylee Childers.
Fehrenbacher drove and tried to bank in a shot. Barnard grabbed the rebound and tried for a putback and was fouled just before expiration of time. She missed the first free throw but, after a Massac timeout, hit the second one for the win.
Emily Hoard led the Lady Patriots with 14 points, taking game honors over Brown, who led Marshall County with 12 and Taylor Meadows with 11.
Massac 8 18 35 48
Marshall 13 27 37 49
MASSAC: Jessie Douglas 4, Gracyn McBride 9, Kaylee Childers 8, Emily Hoard 14, Lauren Bunting 9, Tayor Klankey 4, Natalie Bailey, Summer Clapp
MARSHALL: Taylor Meadows 11, Mariah McKenty 7, Toni Fehrenbacher 7, Alex Brown 12, Alyssa Barnard 8, Bailey Greer 2, Melissa Ross, Michaela Manley 2, Rachael Reed
Marshall Co. 2-0, Massac Co. 5-3
Mount Carmel 71, MC 57
Southern Illinois powerhouse Mount Carmel avenged a 67-64 loss a year ago to Marshall County with a decisive victory, dropping the Lady Marshals to 2-1.
The Lady Aces jumped on top 23-12, with Buss scoring 13 of the 23 points. The margin was 45-33 at halftime, with Buss logging 22 points.
The Lady Marshals never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Taylor Meadows had 17 for the Lady Marshals and Mariah McKenty added 13. Meadows sat out much of the first half after picking up two quick fouls, but McKenty picked up the scoring slack and had 11 by halftime.
As she did a year ago, Buss had the individual high score for the Hoop Fest with 38. Alex Rosignol had 12 points and Alyssa Lang had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Mount Carmel.
Mount Carmel 23 45 56 71
Marshall 12 33 43 57
MOUNT CARMEL: Maddie Dadeen 3, Tyra Buss 38, Lucero Tennis, Allyssa Lang, Reagan Keepes 7, Marissa Hicks, Alex Rosignol 12, Jessica Gill
MARSHALL: Taylor Meadows 17, Mariah McKenty 13, Toni Fehrenbacher 5, Alex Brown 6, Alyssa Barnard 5, Bailey Greer 7, Melissa Ross 4, Michaela Manley, Rachael Reed