DRAFFENVILLE – Trailing by a point with 3.1 seconds to play, Marshall County appeared headed for its first loss to Paducah Tilghman since Jan. 28, 2011.
But D.J. Pigg fired the inbounds pass to mid-court, where 6-7 center Austin Rentfrow leaped and caught it and immediately passed to his left to Mason Wooten, who was streaking down the right sideline. Wooten took the pass and drove to the basket, laying the winning shot in over Tilghman defenders as time ran out.
The win, on homecoming at Reed Conder Gymnasium, came just hours after the Lady Marshals scored a similar victory over the Lady Tornado (story, below).
Wooten had a game-high 24 points, and Rentfrow chipped in 21 and 10 rebounds.
Tilghman had a 55-53 lead as the clock ticked inside 40 seconds to play when a foul sent Wooten to the free throw line, where he had already hit all four shots he attempted. He calmly drained two more to knot the score.
Tilghman’s Mikey Davis drove the baseline and put up an attempt in the final seconds. The shot missed, but Rentfrow committed his fourth foul on the play. Davis missed the first shot, but made the second for a 56-55 lead, setting up the game-winning play.
The two teams battled back-and-forth all game, with 12 ties and 13 lead changes and never more than 6 points separating them.
Tilghman opened with a hot hand from long range, scoring its first 9 points on a trio of 3-point shots. The Tornado stayed hot, hitting 10 of 18 from behind the arc for 56 percent,a higher clip than they shot from 2-point range (8 of 16) and nearly as good as from the free-throw line (10 of 17).
Brannon Warfield hit 4 of 5 shots from 3-point range and led Tilghman with 14 points. Jesse Dunagin came off the bench to hit 3 of 4 from long range and add 11 points.
Marshall County matched Tilghman’s early burst with Drew Warnick hitting a trey and Landon Taylor adding two more 3-pointers to keep it close in the first quarter.
The win was the eighth straight for the Marshals over the Tornado and bumped Marshall County’s record to 14-8.
Pad. Tilghman 16 32 43 56
Marshall Co. 15 30 44 57
PADUCAH TILGHMAN – Sayveon McEwen 3, Devon Hart 7, Andre Strayhorn 9, Brannon Warfield 14, Mikey Davis 7, Nathan Hawkins, Jesse Dunigan 11, Austin Mayes 5, Parker Belt
MARSHALL CO. – Landon Taylor 6, D.J. Pigg 3, Mason Wooten 24, Drew Warnick 3, Austin Rentfrow 21, Collin Travis, Hunter Harvey
Marshall Co. 49,
Lyon Co. 42
EDDYVILLE – Marshall County dominated the middle stages Jan. 28 at Jason White Gymnasium, but had to hold off a Lyon rally that saw the home team score 19 points in a comeback bid.
The Marshals hit 11 of 12 free throws for most of their 13 points in the final frame to preserve the win.
Marshall County led 21-16 at halftime and spread the advantage to as much as 17 points at 40-23 early in the final period. Then Tyler Martin led a Lyon County surge, scoring 16 of his game-high 19 points in the final period.
Mason Wooten led the Marshals with 18 points and D.J. Pigg added 10. Austin Rentfrow had 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Jericho Wilkerson added 10 for the Lyons, and reserve Zach Polston had 14 rebounds as Lyon County took a 35-34 edge on the boards.
Marshall Co. 6 21 36 49
Lyon Co. 7 16 23 42
MMARSHALL CO. – Landon Taylor 6, D.J. Pigg 10, Mason Wooten 18, Drew Warnick, Austin Rentfrow 8, Collin Travis 7, Hunter Harvey
LYON CO. – David Ray 2, Tyler Martin 19, Jericho Wilkerson 10, Josh Mincey, Brandon Whitt 2, Jack Rooyakkers, Ben Rooyakkers, Josh Wilkerson 2, Zach Polston 7
THIS WEEK: Three games are on tap for the Marshals, starting with a home game against Muhlenberg County tonight.
On Friday, the Marshals travel to Mayfield to meet Graves County, which took a 59-58 win over the Marshals at Draffenville Jan. 17.
Saturday brings a return to Fourth District competition with a visit by Murray. The Marshals defeated the Tigers 64-52 Jan. 3 at Murray.
Calloway County won for the second time against Murray Friday night. The Marshals and Lakers will meet Feb. 14 at Marshall County. The Marshals can forge a tie with Calloway by winning against Murray and beating Calloway at home.
Friday and Saturday games are boys-girls double-headers. All boys games tip off at 7:30 p.m.