Marshall County’s girls basketball team took their first win of 2020 under the leadership of interim head coach Aaron Beth, son of the legendary Lady Marshals coach Howard Beth. Following in his father’s footsteps, Aaron Beth then led the ladies on a memory-making trip to the KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen State Tournament.

Aaron Beth’s first trip with the Lady Marshals to the state tournament went on to end in an unprecedented suspension of play before they could take the court, due to immediate restrictions set by the KHSAA in the COVID-19 crisis.

The suspension of the tournament was not the only 2019-20 cliffhanger for the Lady Marshals. The question of who would lead the team in the 2020-2021 season was settled this past week with the permanent hiring of Beth, a former prep standout for the Marshals in basketball and soccer, to replace another Marshall County legend, Dan Langhi.

“I’m just very excited to have the opportunity to continue the tradition that is Lady Marshal Basketball,” he said.

Last year’s Marshall County girls’ squad posted a 24-9 record.

Beth had previously been a head boys’ basketball coach at Bowling Green and was head coach at Graves County High School, where he took the Lady Eagles to the 2015 Sweet Sixteen. He resigned there after the 2018-19 season.

Beth also serves as the girls’ golf coach for Marshall County High School, as well as the director of Marshall County Home.

A press release from MCHS Athletic Director Mike Johnson stated, “Aaron has many ties to Marshall County as a player and coach and is familiar with the sports’ traditions at MCHS.”