GRAVES COUNTY 56, MARSHALL COUNTY 50
The Graves County Eagles came into a hostile environment on Friday night at Marshall County High School and were able to pull out a win in a close battle that came down to free throws in the final seconds.
After being bested by Marshall earlier in the season, Graves came out with a lot of intensity looking to tie the series between these two teams. Both teams came out hot and were firing on all cylinders, from the start the fans knew this was going to be a close game. When one team scored, the other would respond immediately. This would stay true as Marshall carried a 23-22 lead into halftime. Graves County was efficient from behind the arc and able to get to the foul line more than double that of the Marshals. This would give them an advantage going into the fourth quarter, with the game 36-34 Marshals.
Both teams were trading buckets in the fourth quarter with rapid-fire three-pointers from both ends of the floor. Graves was able to get off more threes since the Marshals were pressing in the half-court, and crashing hard towards the basket, allowing for several kick-out threes to occur. Both teams were battling in every facet of the game, tension was building and tempers began to flare. The energy from the crowd was electric and the stands would hold their breath the second a shot was put up. At one point with the Marshals down 49-43, Senior Trey Wall hit a three-pointer and a set of free throws that brought the Marshals back into the game, 48-50.
After a set of free throws from Graves that would put them up by four points, the Marshals had to play the fouling game which the Eagles would use to seal their win with a score of 56-50.
Wade Moore 13, Wall 11, Orrin Phelps 7, Alex Staples 6, Hunter Wallace 5, Tommy Robertson 5, Logan Parker 3. Field goals: 20. Three-pointers: 7 (Wall 3, Moore, Wallace, Robertson, Parker). Free throws: 3/7. Fouls: 19. Record: 13-4.
Lukas Pigg 17, Cole Mills 17, Briley Veucasovic 10, Braden Waller 8, Taytum Holland 4. Field goals: 17. Three-pointers: 11 (Mills 4, Pigg 4, Veucasovic 2, Holland). Free throws: 11/15. Fouls: 15. Record: 6-11.
MARSHALL COUNTY 69, CALDWELL COUNTY 31
The Marshals traveled to Caldwell County for their Tuesday night game, and were able to add another win under their belt against the Tigers.
The Marshals came out strong, making their shots and implementing excellent defensive strategy, prohibiting the Tigers from gaining much traction. Staples shot nine of his 11 total points during the first quarter, getting Marshall off to a great start. Continuing that into the second the Marshals continued to play tight defense, taking a 24-point lead into halftime.
Maintaining their intensity, the Marshals kept putting points on the board. Wall put up 10 points, allowing the Marshals to lengthen their lead, and helping them outscore the Tigers 21-10 to end the third quarter. The Marshals recorded a victory against the Tigers, blowing them out with a 38-point lead, 69-31.
Wall 12, Staples 11, Robertson 7, Davis 6, Kyzer Phillips 6, Wallace 4, Phelps 4, Hunter Anderson 3, Moore 3, Cash Henson 3, Chase Binkley 2, Jack Thompson 2, Parker 2, Jacob Wilson 2, Isaac Reynolds 2. Field goals: 28. Three-pointers: 8 (Wall 2, Davis 2, Staples, Moore, Henson). Free throws: 5/8. Record: 14-4.
C Rowland 9, J Wilson 6, Z Bumphus 4, C Whittington 3, R Hammett 3, W Phelps 2, L Wall 2, J Roach 2. Field goals: 11. Three-pointers: 4 (Rowland 3, Hammett). Free throws: 5/10. Record: 3-11.