PADUCAH -- The faceoff between the Marshals and the Mustangs started off as a game of three's last Friday at the Strawberry Hills Pharmacy Arena.
Zion Harmon had the Marshals on the board first with back to back baskets for five points. The Mustangs followed that with an 11-point run, three three's and two-point basket.
Tyler Stokes landed two, but McCracken returned with two three-point baskets. Stokes again for two and then another three by McCracken. Harmon ended the scoring for the quarter on a three-point basket for Marshall County.
The Marshals outscored the Mustangs in the second quarter. Marshall County had pulled within four at 2:19 on another three by Harmon.
Ronnie Jones added two points for McCracken with one minute left in the half. Marshall went up with the ball, and Harmon came down with the rebound. He passed it off to Stokes who pulled the Marshals back within four with less than a minute left on the first half clock.
Jackson Sivills landed another three point shot, 32-25. With 0:02.4 left in the half, a scramble for the ball resulted in a jump ball to McCracken and a halftime buzzer.
Tyler Powell took the first shot to open the second half. The Marshals held the Mustangs to seven points in the third, putting up 10 of their own and once again trailing by only four.
The momentum seemed to shift in the final quarter of the game. McCracken County took the ball in with an immediate foul on Bryce Flatt, his fourth. McCracken took the ball back out at the sideline.
Noah Dumas set for a two-point shot and came up no good. Powell was there for the rebound and turned it into three points from the corner for the Marshals. The Marshals were within one point of the Mustangs.
At the final 6:05, Marshall County took the lead on a clean shot by Stokes, the first lead change since 4:56 in the first quarter. McCracken County took back the lead on a corner three by Ian Hart. McCracken took a defensive rebound and turned it into another two points and a four-point lead.
Harmon landed a three at 4:11, 44-43. McCracken ran ahead another seven points.
With 1:45 left in the game, Jackson Sivills sent Harmon to the free throw line for two good shots, and the Marshals were back within five. McCracken took five trips to the free throw line in the final 47 seconds. Powell added a three-point shot, but the Marshals fell at McCracken 53-58.
MARSHALL COUNTY 53, MCCRACKEN COUNTY 58
MARSHALL CO. 12 13 10 18 53
MCCRACKEN CO. 20 12 7 19 58
Marshall County: Harmon 25, Stokes 14, Powell 11, Nimmo 3 FG: 18/54, 3PT: 9/30 (Harmon 4, Stokes 2, Powell 2), FT: 8/9, REB: 31
THIS WEEK: Marshall County is hosting a doubleheader with Paducah Tilghman tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 14, at MCHS. Friday night, Jan. 17, MCHS will be hosting another double-header with region rival Graves County. This weekend, the Marshals will be playing in the CFSB Grind Session being held at Marshall County High School.
NEXT WEEK: Next Friday, Jan. 24, the Marshals will host Calloway County for 2020 MCHS Basketball Homecoming.