DRAFFENVILLE - After getting swept at Otis Dinning Gymnasium on Jan. 14, Paducah Tilghman's basketball teams looked to get some payback and ruin Marshall County's homecoming in one fell swoop at Reed Conder Gymnasium on Friday night.
Both sets of Marshals repeated the sweep, but the Tornado squads kept it closer than before as both contests came down to the final buzzer.
Mason Wooten scored a game-high 24 points for Marshall in the boys' game. None were as important as the running layup he made just before time expired to top Tilghman 57-56. Alyssa Barnard topped the Lady Marshals with 12 points in the opening game, which Marshall won 41-40 only after Barnard hit one of two free throws with 0.5 seconds to go.
In the boys' game, the Tornado was up to their usual, long-distance ways. Paducah hit 10 3-pointers. Brannon Warfield made four of those as he led the team with 14 points. Jesse Dunigan sank a trio of treys as he wound up with 11 points.
With 3.1 seconds left and the score 55-all, Mikey Davis went to the foul line for the Tornado. Less than a minute earlier, he sank two free throws to make it 55-53 until Wooten made two foul shots of his own. Davis' first free throw try bounced along the rim before falling off. His second hit the back of the rim before going in for a 56-55 Tornado lead.
Marshall called time to set up a final play. D.J. Pigg got the ball and inbounded it to Austin Rentfrow, who scored 21 points and grabbed 10 boards. Rentfrow, near midcourt, heaved it toward Wooten near the Tilghman basket. Wooten took a couple of steps and hit the running layup just before the final buzzer to the delight of the Marshall faithful and the shock of the Tilghman rooters.
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Paducah Tilghman 16 32 43 56
Marshall County 15 30 44 57
TILGHMAN - McEwen 3, Hawkins, Dunigan 11, Hart 7, Strayhorn 9, Warfield 14, Mayes 5, Belt, Davis 7.
Field goals 18/34. 3-pointers 10/18 (Warfield 4, Dunigan 3, Strayhorn 2, Mayes). Free throws 10/17. Record 11-10.
MARSHALL - Taylor 6, Pigg 3, Wooten 24, Warnick 3, Travis, Harvey, Rentfrow 21.
Field goals 21/42. 3-pointers 4/9 (Taylor 2, Pigg, Warnick). Free throws 11/13. Record 14-8.
Marshall 41, Tilghman 40 - The Lady Marshals bounced back from a 9-2 deficit in the first quarter to stop Paducah Tilghman with a thrilling finish of their own.
The Lady Tornado led by four at the half, but Marshall took control with a 19-9 third quarter. Barnard scored six that frame while Allie York made the second of her two 3-pointers. In the fourth, however, Paducah scored two baskets in the first minute to cut the deficit to one. Both teams traded scores until Karlee Humphrey nailed a 3-pointer to tie it at 40 with 1:25 to go.
The game seemed headed for overtime when Barnard missed underneath as the buzzer sounded. However, Joya Smith was called for her fourth foul for the Lady Tornado and Barnard went to the line, With half a second put back on the clock and the gym extremely quiet, Barnard's first shot hit nothing but net. Her second shot bounced off the right side of the rim, but Tilghman could not get a final shot off the rebound.
Barnard led the Lady Marshals with 12 points as well as 11 rebounds. Humphrey topped all scorers with 16 points while Alex Kohler, who did not play in the earlier Marshall game because of injury, also shined with 13 points.
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Paducah Tilghman 9 18 27 40
Marshall County 2 14 33 41
TILGHMAN - Gardner 1, Shapiro, Slagle, Shaw 2, Kohler 13, Humphrey 16, Jo. Smith 6, Ja. Smith 2.
Field goals 16/36. 3-pointers 2/9 (Humphrey, Kohler). Free throws 6/11. Record 15-6.
MARSHALL - Greer 8, Ross, York 8, T. Fehrenbacher 8, Manley 2, Powell, Langhi 3, Barnard 12.
Field goals 14/38. 3-pointers 2/7 (York 2). Free throws 11/17. Record 20-3.
Contact Jon Futrell, a Paducah Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8664.