PADUCAH - Paducah Tilghman kept the game within reach, dropping in 11 three pointers against the Marshals, but Marshall County held on for a 64-54 victory, the same 10 point margin they beat the Blue Tornados by on January 8 at home when they won 60-50.
The Marshals were just one for seven from three point range but made 16 trips to the free throw line, hitting 13 of those. Marshall County committed just six personal fouls in the game, sending Tilghman to the free throw line only four times also dominating the boards out-rebounding Tilghman 25 to 11.
A milestone was reached in the game by senior Chase Clark who needed 13 points to reach the 1,000 career point total which he did on a free throw in the fourth quarter. Clark is now 14th on the list of top 25 all-time scorers in Marshall County boy's basketball.
Tilghman led 5-2 after their first of 11 three pointers fell from Andre Strayhorn, who had a total of five three's in the game for the Blue Tornados. Austin Rentfrow and Chase Clark added the next seven Marshall points to lead 9-5. A three pointer from D.J. Pigg and dunk from Rentfrow gave the Marshals a 14-7 lead. Leading 20-10, the Marshals set up to run out the first quarter clock for the final shot but turned the ball over and fouled Michael Davis who made both freethrows to end the quarter. Twelve of the Marshals first quarter points came from Rentfrow who ended up with 22 in the game.
TIlghman out-scored the Marshals in the second quarter 14 to eight, 12 of those points coming off of four three-pointers from four different players, keeping the game close at halftime with a 28-26 Marshall County lead.
A steal by Nathan Solomon gave the Marshals their first basket of the second half and a 30-26 lead, which stretched out to an 11 point lead at 5:24 in the third quarter. Noah Steele scored the final four points of the third quarter which gave the Marshals a 50-38 lead.
The Marshals took a 16 point lead in the fourth quarter, after Clark sank two free throws, the first of which was his 1,000th career point at Marshall County. Tilghman put up three more three pointers in the fourth quarter, sinking the last one with 18 seconds left in the game, but the Marshals held on for the 10 point victory and extended their record to 18-4.
Tuesday, the freshman, JV and varsity Marshals will play at Heath High School then a big weekend awaits as the Lady Marshals and Marshals play a Homecoming game Friday against Graves County, then travel to play Murray on Saturday.
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Marshall: Field Goals 25/40, 3 Pointers 1/7, Total Rebounds 25, Fouls 6, Assists 14, Turnovers 12, Steals 8
Tilghman: Field Goals 20/40, 3 Pointers 11/23, Total Rebounds 11, Fouls 15, Assists 7, Turnovers 13, Steals 7
Marshall: Rentfrow 22, Steele 15, Clark 14, Taylor 6, Pigg 5, Solomon 2
Tilghman: McEwen 21, Strayhorn 15, Mayes 5, Davis 4, Youngblood 3, Dunigan 3, Abbage 2, Layne 1