Marshall County’s Lady Marshals avenged a pair of defeats last year at the hands of Hopkinsville and registered a second straight victory over Christian County, but found Paducah Tilghman too much to overcome in a trio of basketball games last week.
The busy week ended with the Lady Marshals standing at 17-7 overall, among the First Region’s top teams.
The mark is better than 15-6 Tilghman, but the Lady Tornado and 18-4 Murray have earned co-favorites in the Jackson Purchase this year and reigning champion Marshall County will have to step up its game to retain the title and return to the Sweet Sixteen in March.
Hopkinsville fell 61-35 on their home court Monday.
The Lady Tigers took a 60-49 win on their home court in a regular-season meeting last year but then had to hold off a Lady Marshal charge for a 56-52 win in the first round of the Sweet Sixteen at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
Marshall County won its third straight game with a 64-48 thumping of Christian County at home Tuesday, but were unable to contain Tilghman and standout guard Chelsey Shumpert Friday night at Tilghman’s Otis Dinning Gymnasium.
The Lady Marshals have now lost last their four games against Tilghman since sweeping two games in the 2010-2011 season.
Two games are on tap for this week, at home Friday against Graves County and on the road Saturday in a key game in the Fourth District standings against Murray.
The Lady Tigers have the best record in the region at 18-4 going into this week. They took an early lead in the district standings with a 57-44 victory over Marshall County at Reed Conder Gymnasium and stand 6-0 in district play
They won 10 straight games en route to the All “A” Sweet Sixteen. Senior guard Janssen Starks averages 26 points per game.
Marshall County won easily at Graves County by a 51-33 score on Jan. 11 at Mayfield.
Marshall Co. 49
Tilghman, which took a 13-point victory on Jan. 8 at Marshall County, won by a dozen on their home court but enjoyed a more commanding victory from start to finish. Marshall County made a couple of runs, but never got the lead below double figures after the third quarter.
In Friday night’s game, the Lady Tornado trailed only once, after a free throw by Mariah McKenty and a basket by Bailey Greer made it 3-2 in the early going. Tilghman then ran off eight straight points and extended the lead to 22-11 at the first quarter stop.
Taylor Meadows led a second-quarter surge by the Marshals, scoring eight of her 18 points, and the Lady Marshals trailed 29-24 at intermission.
They cut the lead to 29-26 on a basket by Mariah McKenty, but Tilghman went on a 9-0 run and put the game away.
McKenty added 11 points to the Marshall County attack.
Tilghman point guard Chelsey Shumpert, who had 38 in the Jan. 8 win at Draffenville, pumped in 30 points Friday.
Marshall Co. 11 24 34 49
Pad. Tilghman 22 29 44 61
MARSHALL CO.: Bailey Greer 4, Taylor Meadows 18, Mariah McKenty 11, Toni Fehrenbacher, Alex Brown 8, Melissa Ross 2, Amanda Bailey, Rachael Reed 4, Alyssa Barnard 2
PADUCAH TILGHMAN: Alex Kohler 10, Chelsey Shumpert 30, Karlee Humphrey 13, Joya Smith 2, Meko Buchanan, Keyva Gardner, Chelsey West 6, Jalisa Smith
Marshall Co. 48,
Christian Co. 64
The Lady Marshals broke away from a 10-10 tie with five straight points by Taylor Meadows near the end of the first period, extended the lead to 22-12 in the first 65 seconds of the second period and rolled on to the victory.
Meadows had a game-high 20 points. Alyssa Barnard added 13, Mariah McKenty 12 and Bailey Greer 11 in a multifaceted Lady Marshal attack.
Barnard scored 11 of her points in the second quarter as Marshall County built a 39-21 lead at intermission.
Danicka Prater led the Lady Colonels with 15.
Christian Co. 12 21 32 48
Marshall Co. 15 39 51 64
CHRISTIAN CO.: Danicka Prater 15, Kenitra Jones 4, Jamesha Mosley 4, Shawnae Evans 1, Annia Williams 3, Alexis Davis 2, Oshquala Davis 10, Jaquash Nicholas 3, Kelbi McKinney 3, Susie Croney 3
MARSHALL CO.: Bailey Greer 11, Taylor Meadows 20, Mariah McKenty 12, Toni Fehrenbacher 2, Alex Brown 2, Claire Waggoner, Maryanna Frazier, Melissa Ross, Nikki Fehrenbacher, Michaela Manley, Amanda Bailey, Kenslie Cross, Rachael Reed 4, Caitlyn York, Alyssa Barnard13
Marshall Co. 61,
A 20-point effort by senior Mariah McKenty powered the Lady Marshals to an easy win over the Lady Tigers.
McKenty’s work on the other end of the court was just as significant, as she led a defense that held all-district Haley Cook of Hopkinsville scoreless. Cook was responsible for some of the firepower that lifted Hoptown to last year’s first-round win in the state tournament.
Taylor Meadows added 14 points and Alex Brown 12 as the Lady Marshals took an early lead and pulled away.
Marshall Co. 12 30 51 61
Hopkinsville 8 16 27 35
MARSHALL CO.: Bailey Greer 5, Taylor Meadows 14, Mariah McKenty 20, Toni Fehrenbacher 4, Alex Brown 12, Claire Waggoner 1, Maryanna Frazier, Melissa Ross 2, Nikki Fehrenbacher, Michaela Manley, Amanda Bailey 1, Kenslie Cross, Rachael Reed 2, Caitlyn York, Alyssa Barnard
HOPKINSVILLE: Lexus Cabiness 8, Jakiera Majors 3, Haley Cook, Madison Duvall 6, Jlynn Majors 2, Adrieonna Earthman 8, Alexusia Kendrick, Jordyn Hornbuckle 8