DRAFFENVILLE -- This past week memorialized a milestone in Marshall County High School Athletics. What was called the decade of dominance for the Lady Marshals Basketball became official as the court of Reed Conder Gymnasium was named the Howard Beth Court.
Head Coach Howard Beth took a Lady Marshal team that was full of fight and vigor through mid-season and waned by region tournament time to the state tournament championship game his first season. This was the first state appearance for the seven-year old girls basketball program.
The Lady Marshals effectively dismissed their first three opponents for a place in the state championship. Having little chance or expectation to reach the final game, the Lady Marshals fell in their first appearance 45-42 in the championship game. MCHS took home the runner-up title, but Coach Beth and the Lady Marshals returned to the state tournament the following year to bring home the championship trophy.
Marshall County would go on to win 11 consecutive girls basketball regional titles under Coach Beth. The ladies had three trips to the state finals taking wins in 1982 and 1984.
The 1984 Lady Marshals went undefeated with 34-0.
Coach Beth is credited with 794 wins, the most for any girls coach in Kentucky high school basketball.