With less than a second left on the clock, the Marshals faced their biggest disappointment of their season. Five seniors had fought the entire season for their final moments on the court of the CFSB Center. But the road to the region one championship game built bonds that began even before this final season.
The Marshals took a quick victory over Dawson Springs on their road to 23 wins. The Marshals took their turns in the Marshall County Hoopfest but added two losses. Game one went to Madisonville-North Hopkins by 10, and in game two, the Marshals fell by eight to Prodigy Prep.
Marshall County hosted two teams before heading back on the road. The Marshals brought Carlisle County to Reed Conder Gymnasium for a 20-point win but fell three days later to McCracken County by four.
The Marshals competed in the Memphis vs. The World Shootout and drew Briarcrest Christian. Marshall took a disappointing loss. They returned home to prepare for their first district matchup. The Marshals hosted Murray and took the Tigers by 14. The Marshals performed well in this first matchup. Three Marshals earned double digits, Zion Harmon, Tyler Powell, and Jay Nimmo, and Tyler Stokes fell one point short of a double double.
Marshall County was on the road again to play in the City of Palms Classic. They took a loss the first game by three in overtime. Marshall ended with a larger loss the second game 26-79. Their third matchup was a battle for the final points that led to Marshall County in a 55-50 win.
The Marshals returned home to close out the year with the KY Lake Showcase. Again, teams gathered from across the country. Marshall earned a win over Franklin County in the first game and fell to Louisville Ballard in the second. They came back in the third and took a 10-point win over Sebring.
Marshall County started out the new year at Mustang Madness playing Callaway, Miss. and Lyon County. The Marshals fell by seven in the first game and took a 31-point win over local Lyon County.
The Marshals were back at McCracken for their next matchup, but this time it was a region one faceoff between the Marshals and the Mustangs. The Mustangs had taken the win previously in the season, and the Marshals fell again, this time by five. Harmon, Stokes, and Powell all came away with double digits this game, and Stokes secured a double double.
Marshall County took back to back wins at home following their loss at McCracken that turned into a 10-game winning streak. The Marshals finished five points over Paducah Tilghman and a 36-point win over Graves County to kick off the streak.
The Marshals got a second chance at Prodigy Prep with a 79-67 win. Three more home games for wins, Fulton City 81-49, Calloway County 69-61, and Caldwell County 77-60.
They added another win over Paducah Tilghman, this time at Tornado Alley and took a win over Warren East at the Super Bowl Shootout.
Marshall added two more games to the win column as the season began to close. Marshall earned a second win over Graves County at the Eagles Nest and a district win over Murray at home.
Calloway had every intention of shutting down any Marshall progress at their final matchup before the district tournament. Marshall had multiple players in foul trouble, defensive players on the court and Harmon to shoot. Harmon earned 50 points the Marshall County one-point loss at Calloway County, setting a new school record.
Marshall County finished the regular season with wins over Christian County 56-50, Mayfield 53-49, and Livingston 81-42 before heading to the district four championship game. The Marshals faced Calloway County for the title and came away with a 45-43 win.
The only games left on the path to the final Sweet 16 for the Marshall seniors was the three steps at the region one tournament. Having taken wins over both their region one matchups in the regular season, they again earned wins over Graves 79-45 in the first round and Paducah Tilghman 67-58 in the second round.
The atmosphere of the CFSB Center could not have been more energetic as all the players were leaving everything on the court to secure the ticket to the Sweet 16. The game was determined in the final ticking of clock, the Marshals falling by one to the Mustangs.
Harmon led the Marshals with 788 this season. Tyler Stokes and Tyler Powell both joined the 1000-point club for the Marshals and took the next two slots in leading scorers for the Marshals. Stokes led the Marshals in rebounding followed by Bryce Flatt.
Jay Nimmo, Kaden Driver, and Brady Miller all played strategic rolls on the court and will be returning next season. Colby Schroader and Kole Sedlock will be moving into more present roles in the upcoming year, showing great promise on the court this year.
The outcome of the spring appears to be unpredictable at best, but come December, the family, friends, and fans will be ready to gather at Marshall County High School Reed Conder Gymnasium.