CALLOWAY - Following Friday and Saturday wins over Calloway County and St. Mary, the 23-4 Marshals have just two games left in the regular season before taking their number one seed into next week's 4th District Tournament at Calloway County High School.
Friday against Calloway County, Noah Steele and Chase Clark, each with 20 points, led the Marshals to a 25 point victory over the district foe. Steele was nearly perfect, shooting 100 percent of his field goal attempts, three of those from three point range, with his only miss of the night coming at the free throw line. Clark was also in double figures in rebounds with 10 and came up with four steals in the game.
Steele, Clark, Mason Wooten and Austin Rentfrow combined for the first Marshall points of the game for an 8-2 lead, with five more from Clark and a three from Steele that put the Marshals up 16-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Steele dropped in his second three pointer to start the second quarter on a 19-10 lead taking their biggest first half lead of 15 points at halftime following six straight points from Clark to end the half.
Seven of the first eight points of the second half were from Steele as Calloway cut the Marshall lead to nine points which was stretched out to a 20 point lead with seconds to go. A three from Wade Carter for Calloway just past half court at the buzzer ended the third quarter on a 49-32 Marshall lead.
The Marshals went on to out-score the Lakers 15 to seven in the fourth quarter with the game ending on a technical foul on the Calloway bench that sent Beau Phillips to the line making both for a 64-39 victory.
Michael Arnett led the Lakers with 14 points while the Marshall defense held Parker Adams to five points on the night.
Marshall: Field Goals 24/43, 3 Pointers 4/7, Free Throws 12/22, Total Rebounds 28, Fouls 18, Assists 10, Turnovers 6, Steals 12
Calloway: Field Goals 12/34, 3 Pointers 2/11, Free Throws 13/18, Total Rebounds 22, Fouls 19, Assists 4, Turnovers 15, Steals 3
Marshall: Steele 20, Clark 20, Rentfrow 8, Wooten 6, Taylor 3, Solomon 2, Phillips 2, Travis 2, Warnick 1
Calloway: Arnett 14, Hunter 7, Carter 5, Adams 5, Wagner 4, Crady 4
Clark shot a career high 31 points Saturday against St. Mary, over half of the Marshals total in their 56-47 win over the Vikings. Clark also backed up his double-double at Calloway the night before with another one pulling in 11 rebounds against St. Mary.
The Marshals took an early 4-0 lead before finding themselves down 7-4 at the four minute mark in the first quarter. Two buckets from Clark put the Marshals back up by one as Rentfrow picked up is second foul just minutes into the game. Coming in for Rentfrow, Dalton McCoy added four points for the Marshals and a basket from Clark gave the Marshals a 14-7 first quarter lead.
St. Mary's Wes Averill sank a three to start the second quarter followed by another Viking field goal that cut the Marshals lead to two, which would be as close as St. Mary would come the remainder of the game as the Marshals stretched their lead out to 27-20 at halftime.
Steele opened the second half with a three, the Marshals only one of the night, while taking their biggest lead of the game in the third quarter going up by 16 at 40-24, leading by 14 at the end of the quarter.
St. Mary had their best quarter of the game in the fourth, out-scoring the Marshals 15-10 and dropping in a three at the end of the game to cut the Marshals margin of victory to nine points.
The Marshals will play at Mayfield Tuesday night, then back at home on Thursday against Christian County for their final regular season game.
Marshall: Field Goals 21/46, 3 Pointers 1/6, Free Throws 13/14, Total Rebounds 32, Fouls 18, Assists 12, Turnovers 10, Steals 6
St. Mary: Field Goals 15/43, 3 Pointers 4/19, Free Throws 13/22, Total Rebounds 28, Fouls 16, Assists 7, Turnovers 15, Steals 8
Marshall: Clark 31, Rentfrow 8, Wooten 7, McCoy 4, Steele 3, Taylor 2, Solomon 1
St. Mary: Hubert 14, Averill 11, Hannan 9, Vaughan 6, Dickens 3, Overstreet 2, Bray 2