Marshall County came up just short of a sweep of three games last week in high school basketball.
The Marshals won a pair of games on the road, including a victory at Paducah Tilghman Jan. 14 and a win against Second Region opponent Crittenden County Saturday, and led most of the way in a home game against rival Graves County before falling 59-58 on Friday.
Senior center Austin Rentfrow averaged better than 18 points per game, keeping up the pace he has established this year as one of the leading players in the First Region. The 6-7 center surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the victory over Tilghman.
The week’s action left the team with an 11-7 record, fourth best in the region.
Graves County takes a 17-2 mark into a game tonight at Hopkinsville and plays a pair of games in this weekend’s Gunner’s Magic Train Classic at Marshall County. Their opponents will be Union City, Tenn., on Friday and Hopkins County Central on Saturday.
The Eagles lost by 2 points in December in the Las Vegas Holiday Championship to a California team and dropped a 56-50 decision Jan. 7 at home against McCracken County.
THIS WEEK: The Marshals are idle until the weekend, when they present the Gunner’s Magic Train Shootout. Marshall County will play McCracken County on Friday and Cairo, Ill., on Saturday.
McCracken County won the first meeting between the two schools, 64-56, Dec. 13 in Paducah. The Marshals defeated Cairo 65-37 in a meeting in this tournament last year.
Marshall Co. 48
Pad. Tilghman 37
PADUCAH – D.J. Pigg’s 3-point shooting staked Marshall County to an early lead, and the Marshals hung on as Brandon Warfield bgan hitting from the perimeter for Tilghman in the fourth quarter.
Warfield’s fourth trey trimmed the Marshal lead to 38-37 with 4:26 to go.
But Marshall County ran off the last 9 points of the game to put an exclamation point on the victory.
Austin Rentfrow led the winners with 20 points. Pigg finished with 15.
Warfield had 18 for Tilghman.
Marshall Co. 15 25 33 48
Pad. Tilghman 8 24 28 37
MARSHALL CO. – Landon Taylor 6, D.J. Pigg 15, Mason Wooten 7, Drew Warnick, Austin Rentfrow 20, Carson Beckett, Dawson Jolley, Collin Travis, Harvey Hunter
PADUCAH TILGHMAN – Sayveon McEwen 11, Jesse Dunigan, Andre Strayhorn 3, Brandon Warfield 18, Michael Davis 1, Nathan Hawkins, Austin Mayes 4, Parker Belt
Graves Co. 59
Marshall Co. 58
DRAFFENVILLE – The Marshals played one of their better games of the season, but could not hold off a surge by the Eagles in the final period.
Marshall County led 29-22 at intermission and was clinging to a 38-36 lead at the third quarter stop.
Both teams erupted for 43 combined points, with Graves getting just enough to escape with the win.
Graves took the lead for good at 43-40 on a 3-pointer by Justin Hayden with 5:36 to go.
The Marshals got within a single point four times before Graves built a 59-55 lead with 5 second left.
D.J. Pigg’s long 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the game its final score.
Austin Rentfrow had 17 for Marshall, followed by Mason Wooten with 16 and Pigg with 13.
Jake Williams led Graves County with 18 and Peyton Puckett added 17. Hayden had 12 points for the Eagles.
Graves Co. 11 22 36 59
Marshall Co. 14 29 38 58
GRAVES CO. – Andrew Smith 5, Peyton Puckett 17, Justin Hayden 12, Jake Williams 18, Zach Kimbler 5, Hunter Grant, Jordan Smith, Eamon Hannan 2, Eric Vogt
MARSHALL CO. – Landon Taylor 7, D.J. Pigg 13, Mason Wooten 16, Drew Warnick, Austin Rentfrow 17, Jack Walker, Dawson Jolley, Collin Travis 5, Hunter Harvey
Marshall Co. 57
Crittenden Co. 37
MARION – Austin Rentfrow and Mason Wooten led the way with 19 and 15 points, respectively, as the Marshals won easily at Rocket Arena Saturday.
The Marshals jumped out to an 11-0 lead and held a 12-3 edge after the first quarter. The lead grew to as much as 24 points.
Aaron Owen led Crittenden with 10 points.
Owen, a senior, surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his career during the game.
Marshall Co. 12 25 49 57
Crittenden Co. 3 15 27 37
MARSHALL CO. – Landon Taylor 4, D.J. Pigg 6, Mason Wooten 15, Drew Warnick 5, Austin Rentfrow 19, Carson Beckett, Travis English, Dawson Jolley 2, Collin Travis 4, Hunter Harvey 2
CRITTENDEN CO. – Aaron Owen 10, Landon Young 3, Noah Dickerson 2, Dakota Watson 2, Devin Belt 3, Dylan Hicks, Travis Gilbert 5, Taylor Champion 5, Colby Watson 7, Maeson Myers, Adam Draiver