DRAFFENVILLE -- Friday night's matchup between McCracken County and Marshall County was billed as a showdown between the First Region's two top players -- Mustangs senior forward Jackson Sivills and Marshals guard Zion Harmon.

It was that, for much of the game, but down the stretch the Mustangs made it count in a 63-59 win over the host Marshals.

Tied at 53 with 1:30 left, Sivills made a 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave McCracken its first lead of the night.

Noah Dumas followed with two sets of free-throws that would seal the win for the Mustangs (3-1).

"A lot of people wanted to make it me versus him," said Sivills, who had 25 points. "I didn't look at it that way. We have a really good team. We came in with a game plan, and it worked out for us in the end."

Harmon opened on a tear, making three of his 10 3-pointers in the first 4:30.

The Marshals would lead 16-6 after one quarter, of which Harmon had 12 -- all from beyond the arc.

Marshall's lead would balloon to 23-6 with 6:30 left in the half.

But, McCracken would respond, closing the half on a 21-7 run. At the break, the Marshals (2-3) had a 32-29 advantage.

In the second half, Harmon helped Marshall push its lead back to 39-31, with a right-wing three with 6:15 left in the third, before trading treys with Sivills.

The Mustangs took charge in the fourth, outscoring the Marshals 17-12 on the way to the four-point win.

"I felt like it was a team loss," said Harmon, who had a game-high 40 points. "Then again, I put it on myself because I missed a couple shots in the fourth quarter, in a row. We've just got to get in the gym and tighten some things up. It's only the fifth game of the season. It's not going to take too much of a toll."


McCracken Co. 6 23 17 17 -- 63

Marshall Co. 16 16 15 12 -- 59

MUSTANGS -- Sivills 25, Dumas 16, Jones 9, Heard 8, McCune 3, Hart 2.

Field goals: 20/45. 3-pointers: 7/15 (Sivills 4, Dumas 2, McCune). Free throws: 16/25. Rebounds: 24. Fouls: 11. Record: 3-1.

MARSHALS -- Harmon 40, Stokes 11, Powell 2, Flatt 2, Driver 2, Miller 2.

Field goals: 22/50. 3-pointers: 10/17 (Harmon 10). Free throws: 5/6. Rebounds: 19. Fouls: 19. Record: 2-3.

Thomas propels Lady Mustangs over Lady Marshals

Destiny Thomas had 28 points to lead McCracken County in its 56-42 win over Marshall County in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.

The Lady Mustangs (3-1) led the entire way, starting on a 6-0 run.

"Our goal was to keep it at our pace (and) don't slow down," Thomas said.

"Our goal was just to stop (Halle) Langhi (two points) from getting it down low because usually, when she gets it, she's going to score."

Cayson Conner had 19 points to lead the Lady Marshals (3-1).

"They deserved to win," Marshall County coach Dan Langhi said. "They outplayed us in every facet of the game."


McCracken Co. 14 10 23 9 -- 56

Marshall Co. 7 9 14 12 -- 42

LADY MUSTANGS -- Thomas 28, Ellington 12, Morehead 8, Beavers 4, Russell 2, Lerho 2.

Field goals: 21/43. 3-pointers: 4/10 (Thomas 2, Ellington 2). Free throws: 10/12. Rebounds: 23. Fouls: 23. Record: 3-1.

LADY MARSHALS -- Conner 19, Driver 10, Jezik 5, Pea 4, Reed 2, Langhi 2.

Field goals: 11/41. 3-pointers: 2/13 (Pea, Driver). Free throws: 18/23. Rebounds: 17. Fouls: 13. Record: 3-1.

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