Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - Updated: 10:41 AM
By David Green
Marshall County’s basketball Marshals played well in two games last week, winning one easily and falling hard in overtime in the second.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Marshals blitzed visiting Lyon County with a wicked offensive display.
On Friday night at Paducah Tilghman, they battled back from a 12-point deficit to take the lead briefly in the fourth period, only to lose in an 18-8 overtime outburst by Tilghman.
Skyler Smith had a stellar effort against Tilghman, hitting four of five 3-point shots and seven of eight overall from the floor, plus one of two free throws.
Smith’s offensive rebound and put-back capped the steady second-half comeback and gave the Marshals their only lead of the game at 61-60.
He also had four rebounds before he fouled out in the first minute of overtime.
Three other Marshals were whistled for five fouls in a game which saw 64 free throws attempted.
Aaron Reed totaled 33 points in the two games, while Dylan Walters was close behind with 28. Matt French (21 points) and Houston Harvey (20) also averaged in double figures as the Marshals demonstrated offensive balance.
The Lyon County victory was the 400th of Coach Gus Gillespie’s coaching career, the past 13 seasons at Marshall County.
The two games left Marshall County with a14-7 record.
THIS WEEK: The Marshals were in Smithland to take on Livingston Central on Monday. They return home tonight to meet Muhlenberg County at 7:30.
Two more games are scheduled, a home game against Graves County on Friday and against Edwards County of Albion, Illinois, on Saturday in the Benton (Illinois) Shootout.
Graves County put a 69-38 whipping on the Marshals in Mayfield on Jan. 13. The Marshals will attempt to avenge that loss in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap of a girls-boys double-header.
The Benton Shootout game has a 4 p.m. tipoff.
NEXT WEEK: Fourth District competition will be wrapped up in the next-to-last week of the regular season. The Marshals travel to Murray on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and are at home against Calloway County on Friday, Feb. 10.
A third game will pit the Marshals against St. Mary at Paducah on Saturday night, Feb. 11. All three games are slated for 7:30 p.m. starting time.
The Marshals will wrap up the regular season at home against Mayfield on Feb. 14 and at Christian County on Feb. 16.
MC 77, Lyon Co. 44
The visiting Lyons from Eddyville, only four days earlier, had roared to a decisive victory over Arnold of Panama City Beach, Florida, on the Conder Gymnasium hardwood.
However, they struggled mightily Tuesday, Jan. 24, against the Marshals, who hit field goals at just under 60 percent en route to an easy win.
Aaron Reed led a balanced Marshall attack with 18 points. Dylan Walters added 13, Matt French 11 and Houston Harvey 10.
Bryar Riley was high for Lyon County with nine points.
Walters, a junior point guard, also led the Marshals in rebounding with seven. He had four assists and only three turnovers, and had three of the Marshals’ 13 steals.
Lyon Co. 6 15 31 44
MC 23 39 66 77
LYON CO.: Peyton Martin 5, Bryar Riley 9, Gabe Board, Hayden Murphy 4, Josh Mincey, Max Wadlington 4, Jack Rooyakker 7, Zach Kilgore, Travis Yancy, Matthew Brown 4, Austin Duff 3, Nick Gilbert 5
MC: Lucas Nichols 4, Dylan Walters 13, Matt French 11, Aaron Reed 18, Houston Harvey 10, Tyler Powell, Austin Riley, Tristen Prange, Matthew Wooten, Skyler Smith 4, Tyler Stokes 9, Bryce Flatt 4, Grant Wilson 2, Garrett Hurley 2, Dawson Smothers
Tilghman 80, MC 70
PADUCAH – For the second time this month, Marshall County erased a 12-point deficit against Paducah Tilghman. This time, though, the Marshals could not squeeze out a victory.
Tilghman exploded for 18 points in a four-minute overtime period – 12 of those points coming on 19 free throws the Tornado were awarded, just short of five per minute. The victory at Dinning Gymnasium avenged a 48-43 loss on Jan. 24 at Draffenville.
Both teams got plenty of work at the free-throw line, with Tilghman whistled for 19 fouls and Marshall County 30. Tilghman hit only 15 of 21 free throws in regulation, and only three of seven in the fourth quarter, when Marshall County completed a rally that had brought them from a 42-30 deficit to a 53-50 margin after three periods.
The Marshals cut the lead to 60-59 on two free throws by Dylan Walters with 2:17 left in regulation, and after Tilghman’s Maurice Cooper misfired on the front end of a bonus chance, Skyler Smith rebounded a missed 3-point shot by Houston Harvey and put it in for a 61-60 Marshal lead.
It was the only time Marshall County enjoyed the advantage.
Tilghman’s J.J. Reed missed a shot that would have put Tilghman back in front, but on the ensuing possession, he stole the ball and raced downcourt for a slam dunk that gave Tilghman a 62-61 edge.
With 45 seconds left, Walters hit one of two free throws to tie it. As time ran out, Joe Workman’s 3-point shot went in the basket but came back out at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.
Tilghman’s blitz in the extra period left the Marshals down 71-62 before they finally tallied, on one of two free throws by Aaron Reed with 1:33 left.
From that point on, Tilghman hit seven of 10 free throws to seal it.
Smith came off the bench to score 19 points to lead the Marshals.
Walters had 15 points and five rebounds, and committed only two turnovers against an aggressive Tilghman defense.
Reed added 14 and Harvey 10 as the Marshals shot a respectable 51 percent.
However, Tilghman hit just under 60 percent, making 26 of 44 shots – even better than their free-throw percentage (23 of 40, 57.5 percent).
Reed and Workman had 17 apiece and Rodriguez Thomas added 15 for the Tornado.
MC 14 26 50 62 70
MC 16 33 53 62 80
MC: Lucas Nichols, Dylan Walters 15, Matt French 10, Aaron Reed 14, Houston Harvey 10, Tristen Prange, Skyler
Smith 19, Tyler Stokes 2, Bryce Flatt
TILGHMAN: Joe Workman 17, Michael Laster 8, Maurice Cooper 8, Rodriguez Thomas 15, J.J. Reed 17, DeCoven Grubbs 7, Jordan Harmon 8