DRAFFENVILLE - Kicking district play off Friday at Reed Conder Gymnasium, the Marshals played Murray High in the first game of a double-header with the Lady Marshals. The Marshals put Murray away with no problem despite trailing 12-7 after the first quarter to the Tigers, picking up their first district win and advancing their early season record to 6-1.
A milestone was reached with the win over Murray for Marshall Head Coach Gus Gillespie who picked up his 200th win as head coach of the Marshals with just 60 losses in his 13 years as head coach of the boy's basketball team.
The Marshals found themselves down 10-3 early in the game and ended the first quarter down 12-7 to the Tigers. Austin Rentfrow scored nine of the Marshals first 11 points of the second quarter for an 18-12 lead over Murray that extended out to a 24-17 halftime lead after Landon Taylor hit a bucket at the buzzer.
Nathan Solomon scored the first two Marshall field goals of the second half and a three pointer from Murray's Daniel Nisbit put Murray down by just eight points but the Marshals out-scored Murray 38 to 14 in the second and third quarters combined for a 45-26 lead going into the final quarter of play.
The Marshall bench was cleared in the fourth quarter with all 16 players on the roster getting time on the court in the 61-36 district win.
It was a good night for Austin Rentfrow with 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Marshals out-rebounded Murray 39 to 25, scoring 20 points off of 22 Tiger turnovers.
Friday was also "Toss the Bear" night sponsored by the MCHS Backboard Club to benefit Marshall County and Murray kids in need. Following the boy's game, bears were tossed onto the court and picked up by the MCHS Cheerleaders.
The Marshals will kick off play in the T.J. Samson Community Hospital Holiday Classic next Thursday, December 20, against John Hardin at 3:00.
Marshall: Field Goals 27/53, 3 Pointers 3/11, Free Throws 4/12, Total Rebounds 39, Fouls 14, Assists 14, Turnovers 16, Steals 19
Murray: Field Goals 13/44, 3 Pointers 6/22, Free Throws 4/6, Total Rebounds 25, Fouls 13, Assists 7, Turnovers 22, Steals 7
Marshall: Rentfrow 20, Clark 10, Wooten 8, Taylor 5, Solomon 4, Pigg 3, Phillips 3, Steele 2, White 2, Nichols 2, Greenfield 2
Murray: Curtis 7, Hornbuckle 6, T. Foster 6, Nisbit 5, Phillips 4, L. Foster 3, Sheppard 2