Marshall County picked up their 12th straight win over Calloway County on Friday in Murray, in a hard-fought 4th District battle. The 46-44 win improves their district record to 2-0 and 9-10 overall.
The Lady Marshals led most of the first three quarters with Calloway County trimming it to one point at the end of the third quarter and it went down to the wire. Holding a two-point lead over the Lady Lakers, a long final attempt from well past half court in the final second missed the mark to give the Lady Marshals the win.
“That’s a game that we showed growth in”, Head Coach Jimmie Holder said. “Calloway, give it to them for their defensive tenacity on the ball that really gave our guards some trouble. But at the end of the day, we didn’t falter.”
Freshman Sayler Lowe, Calloway’s leading scorer, dropped in the first basket of the game but the Lady Marshals followed it up with a 7-0 run. The Lady Lakers answered with a 6-0 run and took an 8-7 lead on a three pointer from Addi Schumacher. Laken Schroader, Amelia Boone and Chevelle Henson combined for the final 10 points from there to end the first quarter on a 17-10 lead.
The lead remained at seven points at halftime with both teams scoring 11 in the second quarter. The Lady Marshals points coming off a three pointer each from Boone, Schroader and Henson and a basket by Izzy Washburn. Lowe scored eight of Calloway’s 11 second quarter points.
Eight more points from Lowe fueled a 15-9 third quarter for the Lady Lakers to trim the Lady Marshals lead down to one point. Henson dropped in two three pointers to score six of the Lady Marshals nine points.
Tied at 42 in the fourth quarter with 2:23 to go, Madyson Morton hit one of two at the free throw line to put the Lady Marshals up by one but a basket by Lowe gave the lead back to the Lady Lakers. Trailing 44-43 with 12 seconds remaining, a big three point play by Henson put them back on top by two points. With both teams plagued by missed free throws in the closing seconds, the two point lead held for the win.
Holder was happy with how his team executed near the end of the game, getting rebounds they needed despite missing some free throws.
The Lady Marshals were 4-of-12 at the line and hit three three-pointers, Boone with two and Schroader with one.
“It’s a road win”, Holder said. “They are not a 3-12 team and we continued to tell our girls that over and over all week.”
Henson led the Lady Marshals with 22 points. Lowe also finished with 22 for the Lady Lakers.
The Lady Marshals travel to Muhlenberg County today at 3:00 to play Daviess County in the Farmers Bank and Trust Lady Mustangs Classic.
Marshall County 17 11 9 9 – 46
Calloway County 10 11 15 8 – 44
Marshall County: Chevelle Henson 22, Laken Schroader 8, Amelia Boone 8, Madyson Morton 2, Izzy Washburn 2, Mia Teague 2, Georgia Hall 2
Calloway County: Sayler Lowe 22, Jaycee Crouch 9, Jaiden Koch 5, Addi Schumacher 5, Carson McReynolds 3