Basketball
Marshall County Daily Logo
Serving Marshall County KY

Fall Sports Season
Printable Schedules

 
 
 
Friday
Aug 22nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Lady Marshals advance to the Elite Eight after their State Tournament win over Letcher County

E-mail Print PDF

 

taylormeadowsBOWLING GREEN - "It's an amazing feeling", Taylor Meadows said of the Lady Marshals Sweet 16 KHSAA State Tournament first round win over Letcher County Central. "Being a senior, I was definitely not ready for our season to be over and it's great knowing this is Marshall County's first win in the State Tournament since it was moved to Diddle Arena and I feel like we left our legacy here and it will be something we will always remember."

Well said by the senior who was named Player of the Game in the 56-52 win and led the team in points with 18.
The Lady Marshals trailed early 7-2 after Letcher County's CheyanneStidham, who averages six points per game, scored the first seven points for the Lady Cougars. A field goal by MariahMcKenty and three pointer by Bailey Greer tied the game up at 7-7 at 5:20 in the first quarter, then an 11-4 run by the Lady Marshals put them up 18-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Marshals took their biggest lead of the game early in the second quarter after two straight steals by McKenty with the first a pass to Meadows for a three, then a lay-in herself on the second to give them a 25-13 lead. Letcher County out-scored the Lady Marshals 14-6 from that point on to cut the Marshall lead to 31-27 at halftime.
Letcher County's Stidham sank a three to start the third quarter, pulling the Lady Cougars to within one point, then going ahead on a basket and free throws by Julie Cornett to take a 33-31 lead. The Lady Marshals went scoreless in the third quarter until 1:59 when Alex Brown sank two free throwsmariahmckenty for their first points of the second half. Letcher County out-scored the Lady Marshals 13-4 in the third quarter taking a 40-35 lead.
"They just got stagnent and needed to move", Head Coach Joseph Simmons said of the third quarter scoring drought. "We starting taking some questionable shots and weren't rebounding on the other end". Simmons said the time out at 1:59 after Brown made her free throws was all about getting them refocused.
"We're not a race horse type team but there is one constant we always have and that's a good defensive stop", Simmons said. Simmons attributed their defensive play during the third quarter scoring drought the reason the team stayed in the game.
Alyssa Barnard's basket to start the fourth quarter pulled the team back to within three of Letcher County and a basket by Meadows and free throw by Toni Fehrenbacher tied the game up at 40 a piece. Tied up again at 44 and 46, the Lady Marshals took a 48-46 lead after a field goal by McKenty, then going up 50-46 after a hard fought put-back by Barnard.
Fehrenbacher came up with a key basket for the Lady Marshals with just under two minutes to go to put the team up 52-48 and when asked about the shot said, "When I run the ball in I'm looking to penetrate and to be honest not to take the shot, but she didn't close in on me so I took the opportunity to shoot."
With just one minute to go, the Lady Marshals led 52-50, getting their next four point from free throws to pull out the 56-52 win and a spot in the Elite Eight.
"It's an awesome feeling to be here again and have the opportunity to win at state as a senior", McKenty said in the press conference following the game.
"I was proud of our kids for the fight they showed", Simmons said. "We were able to withstand their third quarter run and that's been a characteristic of this team all season. They're fighters, they never quit."
McKenty was also in double figures for the Lady Marshals with 17 points while Barnard pulled in 10 rebounds in the win. The team shot nearly 82 percent from the free throw line, which was slightly over shadowed by the 100 percent night at the line for the Lady Cougars hitting 10 of 10.
Marshall County will now face Covington Notre Dame who beat Madison Central 57-53 in overtime, in the 8:00 game Friday night. Notre Dame earned their trip to the Sweet 16 by winning the Region 9 tournament over Madison Central coming into the State Tournament with a 26-5 record.
photogallery PHOTO GALLERY
CLICK HERE
for more photos.

Scoring
Marshall:  Field Goals 17/45, 3 Pointers 4/14, Free Throws 18/22, Total Rebounds 26, Fouls 9, Assists 5, Turnovers 6, Steals 4
Letcher:  Field Goals 19/50, 3 Pointers 4/10, Free Throws 10/10, Total Rebounds 35, Fouls 15, Assists 8, Turnovers 11, Steals 2
Marshall:  Meadows 18, McKenty 17, Greer 8, Barnard 6, Fehrenbacher 3, Brown 2, Reed 2
Letcher:  Eldridge 17, Cornett 16, Stidham 15, Breeding 2, Bentley 2

 

   1st   2nd  3rd  4th  Final
Marshall  18  13   4  21   56
Letcher  11  16  13  12   52
 

Inside Sports with MCDaily

Image MCHS Band Boosters hosting fundraiser skeet shoot
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Marshall County High School Band Boosters will host a Skeet and Trap Shoot on Saturday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Calvert City Gun... Read more...
Image Post 236 ends season in Kentucky Junior Legion State Tournament at Miller Park
Saturday, 19 July 2014
DRAFFENVILLE - Miller Park was the site last weekend for the Kentucky Junior Legion State Tournament Thursday through Saturday.Ashland Post 76 won... Read more...
Image Support the Lady Marshals and test drive a new Ford
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
DRAFFENVILLE - Ford Motor Company and local dealer Leon Riley Ford have teamed up again to help the Lady Marshals basketball team raise money to... Read more...
Image Marshall County home teams take top honors in UCA stunt camp competition
Monday, 21 July 2014
DRAFFENVILLE - Cheerleading teams from around the region recently attended the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s annual stunt camp held at... Read more...
Image Cross Country runners earn All Area 1 honors
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
DRAFFENVILLE - Ten Marshall cross country runners were named to the All-Area 1 team, ranking them in the top 10 in our area.Jacob Carnine was named... Read more...
Image Sharpshooters record 14 first place finishes at Calvert City Gun Club shoot
Thursday, 14 August 2014
POSSUM TROT - Marshall County Sharpshooters competed at Moore's Calvert City Gun Club in Possum Trot Saturday ending the day with 14 first's... Read more...
Image Pride, Compete, Earn it - Words the Marshals are anxious to take to the field
Thursday, 14 August 2014
DRAFFENVILLE - Just two short weeks from today, the 2014 edition of the Marshall County football team will take the field at Trigg County under new... Read more...
Image Tyree shoots 4-under to lead Lady Marshals past Graves County, Maddie Ortt sinks putt for All "A" state spot for CFS
Saturday, 16 August 2014
GILBERTSVILLE - This week in golf, the Marshall County teams played two matches against Livingston Central at Drake Creek and Graves County at... Read more...
Image Successful first race for defending state champion mountain bike team
Monday, 11 August 2014
TULLAHOMA, TN - Marshall County High School's Mountain Bike Team entered their second year of competition Sunday in Tullahoma, TN, in the Tennessee... Read more...
Image Murray State University unveils updated athletic logo
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
MURRAY - Murray State University unveiled an updated athletic identity and branding initiatives, highlighted by a primary logo that will be very... Read more...
Image Marshall soccer player Kaitlin Cook plays for national team in Greece
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The Panathinaikos (PAO) soccer club is a local soccer club that has members from all over West Kentucky and is supported by the Greek national... Read more...
Image Ray and Young end their freshman collegiate seasons with deep tournament runs
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Former Lady Marshal stand-out softball players, Mallory Young and Breanne "Buzz" Ray just completed their freshman seasons of D-1 collegiate... Read more...
Image STATE CHAMPS: Marshall 2 Special Olympic basketball team wins state title in Louisville
Monday, 10 March 2014
LOUISVILLE - For the second straight year, the Marshall 2 Special Olympics basketball team made the trip to Louisville for the Special Olympics... Read more...
Image Orange Waves midway through season, several swimmers posting great results
Sunday, 22 June 2014
ANNA, IL - Calvert City Country Club's Orange Waves Swim Team has already competed in four meets this summer under former Orange Waves swimmers... Read more...
Image Marshall County tennis makes big gains this season, advance players to Regional quarter-finals
Tuesday, 06 May 2014
LONE OAK - Marshall County's tennis team made great strides this season, posting more wins and sending a single and double's team to the Regional... Read more...
Image Local athlete sets national record in javelin at AAU Junior Olympics
Saturday, 09 August 2014
DES MOINES, IA - On Monday July 28th, Keagin Brooks from Benton, won the AAU Junior Olympics in the javelin setting a national record for 12... Read more...
Image Local Disc Golf club hosts international event at Miller Park
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
DRAFFENVILLE - Disc golf is a growing sport that has players from a diverse background. If you are not familiar with disc golf, it is similar to ball... Read more...
Image Ballard Memorial closes out Marshall County volleyball season with 1st Region Tournament opening round win
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
BARLOW - Ballard Memorial ended the Marshall County Volleyball season Monday in the first round of the 1st Region Tournament at Ballard winning 3-1... Read more...