Marshall County’s basketball Marshals swept three games last week, including a pair of Fourth District games against Community Christian and Calloway County and a non-district clash with St. Mary of Paducah.
Highlights of the week including the clinching of top seed in next week’s district tournament and a new career scoring mark for senior Chase Clark, who pumped in 31 points against St. Mary on Saturday.
That barely eclipsed Clark’s 30-point effort on Jan. 8 against Paducah Tilghman. The 6-2 Clark is averaging 18.5 points per game and recently went over the 1,000-point mark for his career.
The Marshals travel to Mayfield tonight to meet a Cardinals team that has improved steadily over the course of the season. The Marshals won 62-39 at home last year, their second straight win since Mayfield won a 64-62 decision on a buzzer-beating shot at Reed Conder Gymnasium Feb. 16, 2010.
Mayfield brings a 17-10 record into the game.
The Marshals return home Thursday for a game against Christian County to close the regular season. The Marshals ended a three-year losing skid and a five-game winless streak over the past seven years against the Colonels with a 61-43 win last year at Hopkinsville.
Christian County is 13-12 entering this week’s play.
At Calloway County’s Jeffrey Gymnasium in Murray Friday, Marshall County won 64-39 to complete a perfect 6-0 mark in district play.
Noah Steele gave the Marshals a 2-0 lead, the first shot of an almost-perfect night for the senior point guard. Steele hit all eight shots from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers, and hit one of two free throws for 20 points.
Chase Clark also had 20 for the Marshals, giving the visitors enough points to win the game between them.
The Marshals broke away from a 2-2 tie and never looked back, steadily stretching the margin throughout the game.
Michael Arnett led Calloway with 14 points.
Marshall Co. 16 34 49 64
Calloway Co. 10 19 32 39
MARSHALL CO.: Noah Steele 20, Nathan Solomon 2, Mason Wooten 6, Chase Clark 20, Austin Rentfrow 8, Landon Taylor, D.J. Pigg, Beau Phillips, Cole Barnard, Nolan Nichols, Jamie Gilland, Drew Warnick 1, Collin Travis 2, Dalton McCoy, Skyler Van Meter
CALLOWAY CO.: Wade Carter 5, Parker Adams 5, Blake Wetherington, Conner Wagner 4, Michael Arnett 14, Clay Smotherman, Lucas Hill, Hunter Smith, Skyler Hunter 7, Tristan Crady 4
Marshall Co. 62,
Comm. Christian 23
After a bit of a sputtering start, the Marshals got on track and cruised to the win over CCA Tuesday on Senior Night at Reed Conder Gymnasium.
Marshall County held the Warriors to seven first-quarter points and 15 in the first half, but put only 28 points on the scoreboard themselves.
They opened with a 16-0 run to start the third period and the issue was decided. The lead swelled to as much as 40 points, at 60-20 on a three-point shot by Jamie Gilland, early in the fourth quarter.
Junior Austin Rentfrow scored 16 points to lead the Marshals. Seniors Chase Clark (15 points), Jamie Gilland (10), Beau Phillips (six) and Noah Steele (four) all started the game on Senior Night along with Rentfrow.
Marcus Rommelman paced the Warriors with 11.
Marshall Co. 19 28 54 62
Comm. Christian 7 15 18 23
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN: Tanner Schroeder, Marcus Rommelman 11, Thomas Wade 4, Cole Smith 5, Jacob Bridges, Hunter Rommelman, Jonathan Wingfield, Braden Smith, TNeal Robinson 3, Adam Sims
MARSHALL CO.: Noah Steele 4, Beau Phillips 6, Chase Clark 15, Jamie Gilland 10, Austin Rentfrow 16, Landon Taylor 3, Nathan Solomon 4, D.J. Pigg, Cole Barnard, Nolan Nichols 2, Mason Wooten, Drew Warnick 2, Collin Travis, Dalton McCoy, Skyler Van Meter
Marshall Co. 56,
St. Mary 47
The Marshals ran their winning streak to 10 games with the win at Viking Gym in Paducah Saturday night.
Coach Gus Gillespie’s team held St. Mary to 35 percent shooting, some seven percentage points below the standard for the 15-10 Vikings. Scoring leader Patrick Hubert, who hits at a 21-ppg clip, was held to 14 points.
Chase Clark connected on 14 of 21 shots and three of four free throws for a career-high 31 points, the only Marshal to score in double figures.
Marshall Co. 14 27 46 56
St. Mary 7 20 32 47
MARSHALL CO.: Noah Steele 3, Nathan Solomon 1, Mason Wooten 7, Chase Clark 31, Austin Rentfrow 8, Landon Taylor 2, Nolan Nichols, Jamie Gilland, Dalton McCoy 4
ST. MARY.: Patrick Hubert 14, Harrison Dickens 3, Mason Vaughan 6, Aeman Hannan 9, Elliott Bray 2, Davis Sims, Wes Averill 11, Jarrett Hauk, McCall Overstreet 2, Tyler Dome