DRAFFENVILLE - Marshall County's Lady Marshals and Murray High's Lady Tigers last met on March 4th in the First Region Championship game at Murray State's CFSB Center where the Lady Marshals won 60-50 earning a trip to the KHSAA State Tournament in Bowling Green.
Just a week earlier last winter, in late February, the Lady Marshals beat Murray by one in overtime to win the Fourth District Title.
Friday, in game two of a double-header with Murray High, the two squads took the floor as fans from both sides of the court knew, as always, it would be a tough yet great game of basketball between the two district rivals.
Friday's outcome would not go in favor of the Lady Marshals who fell to the Lady Tigers 57-44, as Murray hit 75 percent of their free throws down the stretch to pull out the early season district win.
Two minutes ticked off the clock after the opening tip before any points were put on the board, with Murray striking first on a three point basket from Kalai Trice. Alyssa Barnard and Taylor Meadows combined for the first six Lady Marshal points for a 6-3 lead. Murray senior guard Janssen Starks put the Lady Tigers in the lead at 13-11 at the end of the first quarter.
Mariah Mckenty tied the game at 13-13 to start the second quarter and the quarter ended on two straight baskets by Alex Brown to keep the Lady Marshals within two points at 21-19.
Murray stretched their lead out to 26-21 at the six minute mark in the third quarter and went on to out-score the Lady Marshals 15 to seven for a ten point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Both teams played a very tough, competitive fourth quarter but the 10 point Lady Marshal deficit was too much to overcome along with Murray's 75 percent shooting from the free throw line to pull out the 57-44 district win.
Meadows led the Lady Marshals with 19 points and Barnard recorded a double-double night with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Murray was led by Starks with 17 points and the Lady Tigers had their own double-double night from Julie Thiede with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lady Marshals are heading to the warm climate of Hawaii next to play in the St. Francis Merv Lopes Hoops Classic on December 19th when they will play Hawaii Baptist Academy at 9:30 (HST-four hours behind CST), then on December 20th they will take on Christian Academy out of Iolani, Hawaii at 2:00 (HST) and on December 21st, they will tip-off against Punahou, Hawaii, also at 2:00 (HST). The tournament concludes on December 22nd.
Marshall: Field Goals 17/63, 3 Pointers 2/16, Free Throws 8/15, Total Rebounds 37, Fouls 20, Turnovers 7, Steals 6
Murray: Field Goals 18/43, 3 Pointers 4/9, Free Throws 17/24, Total Rebounds 45, Fouls 12, Assists 11, Turnovers 15
Marshall: Meadows 19, Barnard 10, Brown 7, Fehrenbacher 4, Greer 2, McKenty 2
Murray: Starks 17, Trice 15, Thiede 11, Turley 4, Grogan 4, Clark 4, Waldrop 2