Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Updated: 1:03 PM
By David Green
The Lady Marshals basketball team wrapped up a three-win week Saturday with their best overall performance of the season, led by sophomore Lorin Powell’s 31-point effort.
The result was a 77-58 victory over visiting Owensboro Catholic, and a 14-3 record after the first week of 2017 action.
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Lady Marshals knocked off Webster County and on Friday, they won a Fourth District battle at Calloway County.
The slender Powell had six points against Webster and four against Calloway for a 41-point total. Steady senior Hannah Langhi scored 49 points in the three games, and junior guard Miyah Davis had 19 against Calloway and a three-game total of 36 points.
THIS WEEK: The Lady Marshals will test a four-game winning streak against visiting Paducah Tilghman today at 6 p.m. in the opener of a girls-boys double-header at Conder Gymnasium.
The Lady Tornado are headed in the opposite direction, with a 4-10 record and six losses in their last seven games.
It will be their fourth visit to Conder Gymnasium; three of Tilghman’s losses came during the Lady Marshal Holiday Classic tournament, to Shelby County, Butler County and Russellville.
Next action will be Friday at Graves County, which will pit the two best teams, record-wise, in the First Region. The Lady Eagles are 15-2 after a 75-30 win over Meridian, Illinois, Saturday.
Danielle Waggoner leads Graves with a 16.1 ppg average, followed closely by Lyndi Qualls at 14.0.
The Lady Eagles, coached by MCHS grad and long-time coach Aaron Beth, are strong from the perimeter, hitting 3-point shots at a 37.6 percent rate. Waggoner has connected on 46 of her team-leading 111 attempts for a 41.4 percentage, and Qualls has made 39 of 89 for 43.3.
That game is also a double-header opener with a 6 p.m. tip-off.
NEXT WEEK: The Lady Marshals travel to Hopkinsville to take on the Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
After the first week of 2017, Hopkinsville was at the top of the Second Region with a 13-4 record.
The Lady Marshals meet McCracken County at home on Friday, Jan. 20, and face Hopkins County Central on Saturday.
Both games are part of the Gunner’s Magic Train Shoot-out, with Friday’s game at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday’s at 7.
The boys team will play both evenings, against McCracken County at 7:30 on Friday and against McKenzie, Tennessee, at 5 p.m. Saturday.
MC 41, Webster Co. 37
DRAFFENVILLE – Hannah Langhi, scoreless in the first two periods, poured in 17 points in the second half to lead the Lady Marshals Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Conder Gymnasium.
Langhi hit two free throws with 4:35 showing on the clock in the third period, and then Miyah Davis hit a pair of free throws after a technical foul was assessed against the Webster County bench. The four points lifted Marshall County from an 18-17 deficit to a 21-18 lead.
Webster County tied it at 23-23, but Langhi scored three straight baskets to close out the quarter with a 29-23 Lady Marshal lead.
The Lady Trojans cut it to 33-32 on a 3-point shot by Karlie Keeney, but Tera Colson drove for a basket, was fouled and hit a free throw to make it 36-32.
Kelsey Payne hit another trey to cut it to 38-37 with 40 seconds left, but Marshall County closed it out with a basket and one of two free throws by Langhi.
Jessica Winders led Webster County with 12 points.
The loss was the fifth straight for Webster County, which slumped to 5-10, and Coach Brandon Fisher, a former Marshall County assistant.
Webster Co. 6 13 23 37
MC 6 15 29 41
WEBSTER CO.: Karlie Keeney 11, Kelsey Payne 5, Jamie Winstead 2, Kaylee Duncan 3, Jessica Winders 12, Marissa Austin 2, Alyssa Payne 2, Rylee Warford
MC: Tera Colson 3, Lorin Powell 6, Miyah Davis 7, Paige Henson 8, Hannah Langhi 17, Lexee Miller, Chloe Kerrick
MC 54, Calloway Co. 30
MURRAY – Facing a team with an equal number of victories and a 10-game winning streak, Marshall County scored a surprisingly lopsided victory Friday at Jeffrey Gymnasium.
The Marshall defense strangled the Lady Lakers, holding them to 21 percent shooting. The Lady Marshals led all the way except for a 14-14 tie midway in the second period.
The lead was a tenuous 22-20 at halftime, but Miyah Davis exploded for a 2-point basket followed by a pair of 3-pointers in the first 67 seconds of the third period, and the lead was 30-20.
The deficit stayed in double figures the rest of the way.
Davis led the Lady Marshals with 19 points. Hannah Langhi added 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.
Alicia Hornbuckle led the Lady Lakers with 11.
It was the 14th straight win for Marshall County over Calloway, dating from a loss Jan. 6, 2012.
MC 12 22 38 54
Calloway Co. 8 20 26 30
MC: Tera Colson 4, Lorin Powell 4, Miyah Davis 19, Paige Henson 6, Hannah Langhi 16, Chloe Greer, Lexee Miller 3, Whitnee Miller 2, Chloe Kerrick, Emily Bridges, Jessica Hicks
CALLOWAY CO.: Jacie Spann, Allie Fritts 5, Alicia Hornbuckle 11, Keeli Puckett 2, Charlee Settle 5, Tisha Travis, Brianna Emery, Megan Greer 3, Elle Carson, Kelly Underhill, Abby Arnett 4
MC 77, Owensboro Cath. 58
DRAFFENVILLE – Sophomore Lorin Powell poured in 31 points, hitting 14 of 19 shots from the floor and all three free throws, to lead the Lady Marshals Saturday at Conder Gymnasium.
Powell, a 6-0 forward, got the first points of the game on a baseline jumper and nailed her third basket and added a free throw with 33.9 left in the period to give the Lady Marshals a 20-19 lead at the first quarter stop.
The visitors from the Third Region continued to battle, taking a five-point lead at 27-22 midway in the second period.
But the Lady Marshals got six straight, four of them by Powell, and regained the lead at 28-27 with 3:30 left before halftime.
After O-Cath’s MacKenzie Keelin hit one of two free throws for a 28-28 tie, Hannah Langhi’s basket gave the lead back to Marshall County.
The sixth lead change of the game was the final one. Langhi’s basket triggered a run that made it 38-28 before the Lady Aces got it to 30-28 at intermission.
Marshall County had a 19-10 edge in the third period and closed the game with a 20-18 advantage.
Powell’s standout game was augmented by 16 points from Langhi, the 6-1 senior forward, 12 points from forward Paige Henson and 10 by guard Miyah Davis.
Point guard Tera Colson just missed double figures with eight points, and also dished out eight assists and had two steals with no turnovers.
The Lady Marshals shot a blistering 65 percent from the floor and hit 11 of 15 free throws.
19 30 40 58
MC 20 38 57 77
OWENSBORO CATH.: Spencer Harvey, Kaitlyn Maggard 11, Sarah Clemens 12, Ellie Mitchell 21, MacKenzie Keelin 5, Caroline Reid, Mary Mills, Isabella Henning 3, Hannah McKay 6, Madelyn Lyon
MC: Tera Colson 8, Lorin Powell 31, Miyah Davis 10, Paige Henson 12, Hannah Langhi 16, Chloe Greer, Lexee Miller, Whitnee Miller, Chloe Kerrick, Emily Bridges, Jessica Hicks