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Tigers take two from Ballard

By Jon Futrell jfutrell@paducahsun.com

MURRAY - After squandering a five-point lead in the closing minutes of regulation, Murray made just enough free throws to defeat Ballard Memorial 72-68 in overtime in boys basketball action Thursday night.

James Boone topped the Tigers with 16 points. He made two free throws with 1:11 to go in the fourth for a 60-55 lead. The Bombers quickly began their rally when Zach McAfee sank the last of his three 3-pointers to cut the lead to two. He would finish with 13 points.

As Murray moved the ball slowly in an attempt to consume some clock, Keagan Cooper made the steal and rushed the other way for the tying layup. He led all Bombers with 16 points.

Free throws proved key in the extra frame. Murray was 8-for-11 from the foul line while Ballard went 4-for-6. Tandyn Sheppard scored half of the Tigers' 12 overtime points as he finished with 10 points. Cooper scored six points in overtime for the Bombers, who got to within one point with 18 seconds left before Murray hit three of its final four free throws to seal it.

Ethan Clark also had a big game for the Tigers with 15 points, while teammate Dylan Boone finished with 12. Dre Bledsoe (12 points) and Clay Newton (10) also came up big for Ballard.

Ballard Memorial 13 32 42 60 68

Murray 17 33 46 60 72

BALLARD - Co. Newton 6, Cooper 16, Bledsoe 12, Cl. Newton 10, Wray 6, Terrell, Langston 2, McAfee 13, Parsons 3.

Field goals 24. 3-pointers 3 (McAfee 3). Free throws 17/29. Record 1-6.

MURRAY - Miles, English 5, Curtis 6, Kelley, D. Boone 12, J. Boone 16, Stubblefield, Sheppard 20, Darcus, Clark 15, Hornbuckle 8.

Field goals 25. 3-pointers 3 (J. Boone, Curtis, English). Free throws 19/28. Record 7-5.

Murray 72, Ballard 34 - After a slow first quarter plagued by poor ball-handling, Murray picked up the pace in the second frame. The Lady Tigers went on a 26-5 run through that quarter to put the Lady Bombers away.

Maddie Waldrop and Elizabeth Grogan both scored eight points for Murray during that pivotal run.

Waldrop led the Lady Tigers for the game with 21 points while Grogan got 11, including a pair of 3-pointers. Julie Theide and Macey Turley combined for 10 points in the second with both players ending up with 12 points.

Abbi Denton provided half the offense for Ballard with 17 points. A layup with 2:38 left in the game provided Denton with her 1,000th career point.

Ballard Memorial 8 13 23 34

Murray 13 39 51 72

BALLARD - Rollings, Walker, Young, Denton 17, Pegram, Blackford 5, Burns, Houston 9, Tyson, Buchanon, Newton 3, Shelley.

Field goals 11/53. 3-pointers 4/21 (Denton 2, Blackford, Newton). Free throws 8/14. Record 3-9.

MURRAY - Lawson, Ma. Turley 12, Armstrong 3, Mo. Turley, Duncan 1, Waldrop 21, House 5, Glynn 3, McDowell, Thiede 12, Ramey 2, Grogan 11, Clark 2.

Field goals 30/55. 3-pointers 5/12 (Grogan 2, Armstrong, Glynn, Thiede). Free throws 7/17. Record 15-2.

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