Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - Updated: 3:08 PM
By David Green
Marshall County’s Lady Marshals brought a three-game winning streak and a 5-1 record into their Fourth District opener at home against Murray Dec. 13, but found the Lady Tigers a formidable opponent.
Murray pulled away from Marshall County in the final 11 minutes, stretching a five-point lead into a 65-38 final score and taking the early advantage in the district standings.
The Lady Marshals bounced back with a dominant victory at Massac County on Friday to head into the holiday tournament season with a 6-2 record.
Seniors Hannah Langhi and Miyah Davis continue to power the Lady Marshals, with Langhi averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game and Davis adding 14.1 points per contest. Davis is hitting 34.5 percent of her shots from 3-point range.
Sophomore Lorin Powell is also a contributing, scoring 6.5 points and pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game.
THIS WEEK: The Christmas season is already underway, with the Lady Marshal Holiday Classic under way at Conder Gymnasium. First-round games were played Monday, with semifinals in the championship and consolation brackets slated for today and finales on Wednesday.
Shelbyville (Tennessee) Central was to meet Butler County in the tourney opener, with Shelby County of Kentucky to face Paducah Tilghman in the second game.
The Lady Marshals met Casey County in the third game and defending tournament champion Dyer County of Dyersburg, Tennessee, took on Russellville in the nightcap.
Monday’s winners square off in the semis at 2:30 and 4 p.m. today, with the consolation bracket semifinals at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The seventh-place game opens Wednesday’s schedule at 10 a.m., followed by the fifth-place game at 11:30 a.m., the third-place game at 1 p.m. and the championship match at 3 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: The Lady Marshals will travel to Orlando, Florida, for the KSA Events Holiday Tournament. Other Kentucky schools in the tourney include Garrard County and Harlan.
Murray 65, MC 38
DRAFFENVILLE – Murray is beginning the season without superb 6-2 center Maddie Waldrop, but did not appear to miss her as they rolled to a convincing victory over Marshall County.
Cold shooting – 13 of 46 for 28 percent from the floor – and 20 turnovers doomed the Lady Marshals, who fell behind early and were unable to catch up.
The Lady Marshals cut a 20-9 first-quarter deficit to 33-26 at halftime and then trimmed the lead to 35-30 in a grinding, slow-moving first five minutes of the third period. But that was as close as they would get.
In the last 2:42 of the period, Murray combined six-of-eight free-throw shooting with a pair of 3-point shots and two baskets by Macey Turley to turn the game into a 49-32 contest by the time the buzzer ended the quarter, and then raced to the finish.
Turley led the way with 20 points. Alex Mayes added 16, hitting nine of 11 free throws for the majority of her points, and Brittany Lawson had 12 on four of eight 3-pointers.
Marshall County got a double-double from 6-1 center Hannah Langhi, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Lorin Powell added 10 points and eight rebounds, as the Lady Marshals dominated inside with a 39-29 rebounding advantage.
Murray 20 33 49 65
MC 9 26 32 38
MURRAY: Brittany Lawson 12, Alexis Mayes 16, Macey Turley 20, Grace Campbell 4, Alexis Burpo 5, Parker Greer 3, Mallory Stone, Cecile Stone, Lydia Grogan 3, Elizabeth Curtis 2, Chloe Lovins
MC: Tera Colson, Lexee Miller 4, Miyah Davis 8, Paige Henson 2, Hannah Langhi 12, Chloe Greer, Whitnee Miller 2, Chloe Kerrick, Emily Bridges, Jessica Hicks, Lorin Powell 10
MC 54, Massac Co. 14
METROPOLIS, Illinois – Miyah Davis had 20 points as the Lady Marshals outscored Massac County 37-8 in the second half on the way to a runaway victory.
Marshall County won a 47-13 decision on Dec. 1 in the Hoopfest.
Massac’s offense was held to single-digit scoring in every period, netting three points in each of the first two quarters and only two in the fourth. They were outscored 16-6 in the third frame.
The Lady Patriots hit only three of 23 shots from the floor (13 percent), and hit seven of 10 free throws.
Hannah Langhi added 12 points for the Lady Marshals.
MC 8 17 33 54
Massac Co. 3 6 12 14
MC: Tera Colson 6, Lexee Miller, Miyah Davis 20, Paige Henson 5, Hannah Langhi 12, Chloe Greer, Whitnee Miller, Chloe Kerrick 4, Emily Bridges, Jessica Hicks, Lorin Powell 7
MASSAC CO.: Natalie Hosman 2, Taylor Stoner 3, Bailey Duckworth, Emma Korte 5, Jessie Lewis 2, Camryn McBride, Maddie Coakley 2, Chaney Sutton, Taylor Williams, Tayvia Bailey, Paige Box, Lauren Coakley, Emilee Truitt, Hannah Lewis