Marshall Beats Pikeville 56-52 at State Tournament
By Eric Chumbler
LEXINGTON - Marshall County took several punches from Pikeville, but the Lady Marshals outlasted the Lady Panthers 56-52 Thursday morning in the opening round of the Girls Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena.

Both teams traded jabs with six lead changes in the first six minutes, but the Lady Marshals would throw the first haymaker of the game. An 8-0 run in the final 90 seconds of the first quarter capped off by a Cayson Conner 3-point play and a Jada Driver half court shot at the buzzer put the Lady Marshals up 18-12 after the 1st quarter.

Marshall County (23-2) scored the first 5 points of the 2nd quarter to make it 23-12 before Pikeville stopped the bleeding with a bucket of their own. Junior forward Halle Langhi picked up her 2nd foul with just over five minutes left in the 2nd quarter and the Lady Panthers took advantage, scoring eight straight and cutting the Marshall County lead to 27-23 with 2:30 left in the 2nd quarter.

Conner hit four consecutive free throws for the Lady Marshals and Layne Pea score from the baseline to extend the Marshall County lead to nine at the half, 33-24.

The Lady Panthers (26-6) scored the first six points of the second half, but Marshall County's defensive pressure once again got the lead back up to 11 midway through the 3rd. Pikeville used a couple of shots from the perimeter to cut the lead back to 40-35, but Conner closed the quarter with a layup just before the buzzer to make it 42-35 at the end of the third quarter.

Pikeville's Riley Theus connected on a jumper to force a Marshall County timeout with 6:40 left in the game and the Lady Marshals up 42-38.

With the Lady Marshals up 46-42 with 4:30 left in the game, momentum would swing permanently towards Marshall County when a technical foul was given to Pikeville. After Marshall connected on one of the technical foul free throws, Driver hit her second biggest shot of a game with a 3-ponter to give Marshall County the 50-42 lead with 3:30 left in the game.

Senior point guard Cayson Conner finished with a game-high 22 points for the Lady Marshals, Jada Driver finished with 12 points, Layne Pea had 9 points and Halle Langhi had 8 points. Marshall County finished 20-for-33 at the free throw line. Pikeville was 5-for-5.

Marshall County advances to the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Friday to play 8th-ranked Bethlehem (26-4), who upset second-ranked Bullitt East 70-65. 

On the Net:

Girls Sweet 16 Bracket

Published 11:55 AM, Thursday Apr. 08, 2021
Updated 05:15 AM, Friday Apr. 09, 2021



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