Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Updated: 3:22 PM
By David Green
The Marshal basketball team dealt a lopsided defeat at Carlisle County and won a tough contest at McCracken County last week to improve to 4-1.
The team used a trio of scorers – juniors Aaron Reed and Dylan Walters and senior Houston Harvey – and hard-nosed defense to score the two wins.
THIS WEEK: At home against Fourth District opponent Murray today; MURRAY BANK CHRISTMAS CLASSIC – Friday: Paris vs. Murray, 8:45 p.m.; Saturday: Evangelical Christian (Cordova, Tenn.) vs. Murray, 11 a.m.; Paris vs. West Creek (Clarksville, Tenn.), 3 p.m.; Marshall County vs. Daviess County, 4:45 p.m; Graves County vs. Warren East, 6 p.m.; West Creek vs. Murray, 7:45 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: WK&T SPORTS CLASSIC, Mayfield (Graves County) – Tuesday: Ripley, Tenn., vs. Graves County, 6 p.m.; Wednesday: Marshall County vs. Obion County Central (Troy, Tenn.), 3 p.m.; Henry County (Paris, Tenn.) vs. Graves County, 4:30 p.m.; Carlisle County vs. Vienna, Ill., 1:30 p.m.; Murray vs. Grayson County, 6 p.m.; Saturday: Murray vs. Ballard Memorial, 1 p.m.; Carlisle County vs. Grayson County, 2:30 p.m.; Marshall County vs. Ripley, Tenn., 5:30 p.m.; Union City, Tenn., vs. Graves County, 7 p.m.
MC 96, Carlisle Co. 52
BARDWELL – Aaron Reed hit for 20 points and Dylan Walters had 19 to lead the Marshals in a runaway win on the Comets’ home court.
Hunter Harvey also scored in double figures, connecting on four of eight 3-point shots, and Tristen Prange, who scored five points, pulled down 10 rebounds as Marshall County built s 45-17 advantage on the boards.
The Marshals jumped out to a 21-14 lead in the first quarter and never let up, pouring in 33 points in the third period to stretch the lead to 76-40 and then outscoring Carlisle 20-12 in the final stanza.
The Marshals, who struggled from the free-throw line in their only previous loss (16 of 33 versus Hopkinsville), cashed 19 of 24 charity shots against Carlisle County.
21 43 76 96
14 28 40 52
MC: Lucas Nichols 4, Skyler Smith, Dylan Walters 19, Aaron Reed 20, Houston Harvey 16, Tyler Powell 8, Austin Riley, Tristen Prange 5, Matthew Wooten, Jonathan Stokes 4, Bryce Flatt 2, Grant Wilson 8, Matt French 9, Garrett Hurley, Dawson Smothers 1, Matthew Wooten
CARLISLE CO.: Trey Wilson 18, Kyler Mason 2, Trevor Elder 5, Dylan Lewis, Trace Hook 1, Michael Thomason 9, Jacob Deweese 5, Luke Keeling, Daven McGee 2, Jacob Reddick, Reese Anderson 9, Clint Draper, Alex Chandler 1, Chase Teasley
MC 54, McCracken Co. 44
PADUCAH – Marshall County pulled away from a back-and-forth contest in the fourth quarter and handed McCracken County its second loss of the season against three victories.
It was the first double-digit margin of victory in eight games between the two teams since McCracken County began competing in 2013-2014.
It marked the first time the Marshals have won at McCracken’s Strawberry Hills Arena.
Lucas Nichols and Houston Harvey combined to hit eight of 10 free throws in the last two minutes of the game to cinch the victory.
The Marshals had rallied from a 37-34 deficit at the end of three periods to forge a five-point lead at 42-37 midway in the final period.
McCracken misfired on the front end of two consecutive bonus free-throw chances minutes earlier, enabling the Marshals to preserve their lead, but got a clutch 3-pointer from Nathan Stonecipher to cut the lead to 42-40 and then forged a tie on a basket by Will Sivills with 2:51 to go.
The eight made free throws more than countered the single basket allowed by the Mustangs over the final two minutes.
Dylan Walters had 14, Aaron Reed 12 and Houston Harvey 11 points for the Marshals.
Sivills led the Mustangs with 12.
McCracken won both meetings between the two teams last year. The Mustangs have won five games, two by eight points, two by seven points and a two-point, overtime win in the 2014 First Region championship.
The Marshals won by four points the 2013-2014 season and took a one-point win in 2015
MC 10 20 34 54
McCracken 7 19 37 44
MC: Lucas Nichols 3, Skyler Smith 7, Dylan Walters 14, Aaron Reed 12, Houston Harvey 11, Tristen Prange, Tyler Stokes, Matt French 7
McCRACKEN CO.: Cameron Cartwright 8, Will Sivills 12, Alex Hagan 3, Skylar Mayes 4, Nathan Stonecipher 7, Rook Ellington, Jackson Sivills, Tyce Daniel 10, Wes Belt