DRAFFENVILLE – An early-season battle between two teams that advanced to the second round of last year’s Sweet Sixteen turned out to be every bit as good as it promised to be.
Marshall County, which led by as much as 10 points in the first half, rallied for a come-from-behind, 58-56 victory Saturday night at Reed Conder Gymnasium.
Alyssa Barnard’s offensive rebound and putback basket proved to be the difference, as both teams were unable to score in the final 1:46 of a hard-fought battle.
The Lady Aces, ranked in multiple polls in the top 20 statewide, fought back to forge a 48-48 tie at the end of the third period.
The visitors took their first lead at 53-52 on a 3-pointer by Annabel Moore with 5:23 left to play, and extended the lead to 55-52 on a basket by Kaylyn Pearson.
But the Lady Marshals answered with two baskets by senior Allie York to regain command at 56-55 at the 2:15 mark. Owensboro Catholic tied it at 56 when Mykala Berry hit the second of two free throws with just over 2 minutes to play.
York led all scorers with 19 points and also had 10 rebounds as the Lady Marshals improved to 4-0.
Freshman center Hannah Langhi came off the bench to score 10 points, her second straight game in double figures.
Berry led a balanced Owensboro Catholic offense with 14 points. Destiny Howard added 12, Moore chipped in 11 and Kaylyn Pearson had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Owensboro Catholic is 2-1 after the loss.