Marshall, Pikeville Collide in Girls Sweet 16
By Eric Chumbler
LEXINGTON - The Marshall County Lady Marshals are in Rupp Arena today at 10 a.m. looking to complete a mission cut short in 2020 by COVID-19 when they tip off with the Lady Panthers of Pikeville.

The phenomenal 2020 season for the Lady Marshals ended in the Rupp Arena locker room, as the KHSAA announced the remainder of the state tournament would be canceled indefinitely due to the virus. Marshall County was set to face Henderson County in the opening round of the tournament when the decision was announced.

This year, the Lady Marshals will face 15th Region champion Pikeville in the opening round of the Girls Sweet 16. It’ll be a matchup of the two hottest teams in the state tournament; Pikeville (25-5)  has won 19 of their last 20 games while the Lady Marshals have won 23 of their last 24 games.

Marshall County (22-2) is one of a couple of teams in the tournament field that can beat you at every single position. The offense starts with senior point guard Cayson Conner. Conner led the team in scoring averaging 13.1 points per game. Conner finished with a team-high 12 points in Marshall County’s 49-21 regional championship win over McCracken County.

Junior forward Halle Langhi anchors the post, averaging 12.6 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. Junior wing player Jada Driver continues to torch opponents from the perimeter, scoring a team high 33 3-point shots this season and shooting 45% from the perimeter. Senior Layne Pea and Presley Jezik also beat you from the perimeter with 38 3-point shots and 30 3-point shots respectively. Senior Sophie Galloway solidifies the paint with 7.6 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 51% from the field.

Published 06:52 PM, Wednesday Apr. 07, 2021
Updated 11:55 AM, Thursday Apr. 08, 2021



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