Marshall County’s basketball Marshals head into the final one-third of a 30-game regular season with a 16-4 mark after sweeping to three wins in three days last week.
The concentrated schedule was caused by postponement of a game against Lone Oak from Tuesday to Thursday because of icy weather. After defeating Lone Oak, the Marshals won a pair of games Friday and Saturday in the Gunner’s Magic Train Classic.
This week’s schedule starts with a visit tonight from Lyon County, a nearby neighbor and member of the Second Region. The Lyons entered this week’s play with a 10-7 record and were scheduled to open the week Monday night at Hopkins County Central in Madisonville.
The Marshals took a 62-40 victory last year at Eddyville, the fourth straight win over the Lyons in four contests played over the past decade.
Tipoff for tonight’s game is 6 p.m.
On Friday, the Marshals travel to Paducah Tilghman to meet the Blue Tornado at Otis Dinning Gymnasium.
Marshall County won the first meeting this season between the two schools, 60-50 on Jan. 8. It was the fifth straight win for MC over Tilghman, including the First Region tournament championship game the last two years in a row.
Tilghman is 8-11 going into a game against Reidland today.
Marshall Co. 47,
Central Hardin 35
In the final game of the Gunner’s Magic Train Classic Saturday, the Marshals never trailed. But the visitors from the Fifth Region were never quite out of contention until the final four minutes of the game.
Marshall County ran out to an 8-0 lead at the start, led by eight at the first quarter stop at 14-6 and won by that margin. But along the way, the Bruins nipped at the home team’s heels.
After Central Hardin cut the lead to 19-17 at halftime, Cody Elmore nailed a jumper for the first points of the second half and tied the game at 19-19.
The Marshals put together an 8-0 run on two baskets by Chase Clark, a steal and layup by Nathan Solomon and a bank-in by Austin Rentfrow, and it was 27-19.
The lead was 30-23 after three periods, but midway in the final frame, the Bruins’ Troy Squires nailed his third three-pointer of the game and cut the lead to 32-29.
That was the last serious threat, as Marshall County outscored Central Hardin 15-6 the rest of the way.
Clark led all scorers with 22 points. Squires and reserve Jacob Barnes each scored nine points for Central Hardin, which finished the week with an 8-7 record.
Cent. Hardin 6 17 23 35
Marshall Co. 14 19 30 47
CENT. HARDIN: Andy Kerr 3, Troy Squires 9, Cody Elmore 5, T.J. Gordon 4, Dillon Glenn 5, Evan Payne, Jacob Barnes 9, Matt Whitehouse, Justin Rouse
MARSHALL CO.: Noah Steele 2, Nathan Solomon 4, Mason Wooten 7, Chase Clark 22, Austin Rentfrow 7, Landon Taylor 5, D.J. Pigg, Nolan Nichols, Collin Travis, Dalton McCoy
Marshall Co. 65,
Cairo (Ill.) 37
Quickness and athleticism kept Cairo close for the first 16 minutes, but Marshall County’s talent prevailed in the second half and the Marshals posted their third straight win and seventh in the last eight games.
The Pilots came up with nine steals and harried the Marshals in the first two quarters. But they shot only 29 percent for the game against the Marshals’ defense, while Marshall County lit up the scoreboard at a 66.6 percent clip, connecting on 26 of 39 shots.
Marshall County also dominated the backboards, pulling down 36 rebounds to only 17 by Cairo.
Chase Clark led the winners with 21 points. Austin Rentfrow had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Mason Wooten added 10 points.
Devante Johnson led Cairo with nine points.
Cairo 10 24 28 37
Marshall Co. 16 27 44 65
CAIRO: Javis Woodson 8, Carlandus Ware 8, Terion Taylor 7, Devante Johnson 9, Bryce Gardner 2, Jeffrey Dewitt, Raquan Nelson, Melvin Duncan, Carlton Jackson, Trevon Houston 3, Josh Jordan
MARSHALL CO.: Noah Steele, Nathan Solomon 8, Mason Wooten 10, Chase Clark 21, Austin Rentfrow 14, Landon Taylor 3, D.J. Pigg, Beau Phillips, Cole Barnard, Nolan Nichols, Drew Warnick, Collin Travis 4, Dalton McCoy 2, Skyler Van Meter
Marshall Co. 52,
Lone Oak 45
On Thursday night, Lone Oak fell behind at the outset and never caught up, despite 60 percent shooting in the final eight minutes.
The Purple Flash bombed away from outside the arc, using one of their most potent offensive weapons, and they hit more three-pointers (nine) than two-point field goals (eight).
But Marshall County was a more steady 44.7 percent, and blue-collar work inside the paint earned 16 trips to the free-throw line for leading scorers Chase Clark and Austin Rentfrow, who hit 11 of the chances.
Both ended with double-doubles, Clark with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Rentfrow with 18 and 11. Seven of Clark’s rebounds were offensive.
Kam Chumbler and Zach McKinney had 11 points each for Lone Oak. Sean Murphy added 10.
Marshall had a narrow edge on the boards, 30-29. Zach Perry had six points and 14 rebounds for the Flash.
Lone Oak 7 16 27 45
Marshall Co. 17 26 39 52
LONE OAK: Kam Chumbler 11, Sean Murphy 10, Zach McKinney 11, Sergio Vega 3, Zach Perry 6, Zyaire Hughes 2, Elijah Macklin, Lucas Englert, Austin Nall 2
MARSHALL CO.: Noah Steele 2, Nathan Solomon 2, Mason Wooten 5, Chase Clark 22, Austin Rentfrow 18, Landon Taylor 3, D.J. Pigg, Cole Barnard