DRAFFENVILLE – With time running out, junior forward-center Alyssa Barnard was battling the Tilghman defense in the paint for a basket to break a tie score.
She never got a shot off, but she did draw a foul at literally the last half-second.
She calmly sank the first shot, and when the second skidded off the rim, Tilghman had no time for a desperation hurl and Marshall County had a 41-40 victory.
Barnard led the winners with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Greer, Fehrenbacher and Allie York had 8 points apiece.
Karlee Humphreys led all scorers with 16 points for Tilghman. Alex Kohler added 13.
The shocker ending came after the two teams battled for nearly a minute and a half with neither able to score after Karlee Humphrey fired in a 3-point shot for Tilghman to tie the game at 40-all.
Tilghman jumped out to a 9-1 lead and was on top 9-2 at the end of the first period. Marshall County battled back to tie it at 27-27 on a jumper by Toni Fehrenbacher at the 5:24 mark in the third quarter, then went ahead for the first time almost exactly a minute later on a basket by Barnard.
Bailey Greer then hit two free throws and a basket to make it 33-27 at the third quarter stop.
It was 36-31 with about six minutes to play, but Tilghman relentlessly trimmed the margin until Humphrey’s long jumper erased it.
That was the end of the scoring until Barnard’s free throw.
Fehrenbacher came up with a steal from Humphrey with 28 seconds to go to set up the finish.
The buzzer sounded immediately after the foul was called, and officials put a half-second back on the clock and sent Barnard to the line.
Pad. Tilghman 9 18 27 40
Marshall Co. 2 14 33 41
PADUCAH TILGHMAN – Lily Shapiro, Alex Kohler 13, Karlee Humphrey 16, Joya Smith 6, Jalisa Smith 2, Keyva Gardner 1, Kayla Slagle, Whitney Shaw 2
MARSHALL CO. – Bailey Greer 8, Allie York 8, Toni Fehrenbacher 8, Michaela Manley 2, Alyssa Barnard 12, Melissa Ross, Hannah Langhi 3
Marshall Co. 48
Christian Co. 40
HOPKINSVILLE – The Lady Marshals led by as much as 10 points in the first half, but had to hold off a stubborn comeback by the Lady Colonels to get the victory Jan. 28 at Colonel Gym.
After the halftime intermission, Christian County outscored Marshall County 12-6 to regain the lead for the first time since early in the game at 32-21 with just under two minutes to go in the third period.
Marshall County then got three straight baskets inside by reserve center Hannah Langhi to lead 37-34 at the end of the period.
The Lady Colonels again rallied, scoring the first 4 points of the final quarter. The teams swapped the lead on the next two possessions, but the 40-39 edge at 5:02, on a basket by Dannicka Prater, would be the last time the home team would put a point on the scoreboard.
The Lady Marshals finished with a 9-0 run, getting 4 points from Bailey Greer, 3 from Alyssa Barnard and another point on a free throw by Langhi.
Barnard led all scorers with 13 points. Greer and Langhi added 12 apiece.
Prater and GeNaisha Robinson each had 10 for Christian County.
Marshall Co. 15 25 37 48
Christian Co. 10 20 34 40
MARSHALL CO. – Bailey Greer 12, Allie York 6, Toni Fehrenbacher 4, Michaela Manley, Alyssa Barnard 13, Nikki Fehrenbacher, Melissa Ross, Amanda Bailey 1, Hannah Langhi 12
CHRISTIAN CO. – Jsaniya Davis 8, Laderia Gold 7, Dannicka Prater 10, Susie Croney, GeNaisha Robinson 10, Alyssa White, Alexis Davie, Amari Brodie
THIS WEEK: The Lady Marshals travel to Graves County on Friday and are at home in a pivotal Fourth District game with Murray Saturday.
The Lady Tigers are back from a trip to the All “A” Classic state tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center where they were defeated 68-66 in the first round by Trimble County. They lead the district standings based on wins over Marshall County on Jan. 3 and Calloway County on Jan. 17 and Friday.
The Lady Marshals defeated Graves County 41-37 at home Jan. 17.
Both games are part of girls-boys double-headers, with 6 p.m. starting times.