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Lady Eagles snap 12-year loss streak at Marshall County Monday, 46-35

Lyndi Qualls (33) drives the lane and splits between two Marshall County defenders to get the basket and the foul to help take an 11-6 lead in the second quarter Monday.

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger

By ERIC WALKER

ewalker@mayfield-messenger.com

DRAFFENVILLE - This win was literally a long time coming and didn't come easy.

For the first time since 2006, Graves County's girls team took the win at Marshall County's Reed Conder Gymnasium tonight, 46-35. The tale of the tape, though, showed the Lady Marshals shot 36 percent to the Lady Eagles' 35 percent.

A difference was Graves' free throws (15-of-27), of which they hit 7-of-12 in the fourth quarter when Marshall mounted a rally and actually outscored the visitors, 13-9.

Another difference was defense, which held the Lady Marshals to only two field goals in the first quarter and six in the first half.

The Lady Eagles improved to 23-6 to mark their 11th win in a row, in spite of still working through a round of illness that had hit players such as Danielle Waggoner, Zappora Johnson and Taylor Carrico, as well as playing their fifth game in a week's time.

"A win's a win this time of year, especially five games in seven or eight days and the sickness we've had," head coach Aaron Beth said. "We played great defense in the first half and then we got a 15 point lead and relaxed a little bit and let them get a couple of 3's and hang around.

"But this time of year, you get the win and you move on."

Leading by just 6-4 going into the second period, Graves County put together more offense spread out between six players to take a 20-12 lead into halftime. In the second half, Waggoner - who sank her first 3-pointer of the night right before halftime - reeled off three straight triples, followed by one from Raychel Mathis, for a 34-19 lead.

The Lady Eagles maintained their 15-point margin until Marshall started its comeback attempt, spearheaded by Presley Jezik's 3-pointer, that got the Lady Marshals within 40-32.

Down the stretch, though, remained on top at the line to seal the victory.

The loss marked Marshall County's sixth in its last seven outings to drop to 14-13.

Waggoner still garnered the load of points for Graves County with her 17, followed by seven from Lyndi Qualls and six from Johnson.

Tera Colson led things for the Lady Marshals with nine points; all in the second half.

The Lady Eagles will wrap up the regular season Thursday when they host Muhlenberg County before next week's Third District tournament championship at Ballard Memorial.

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Graves County 6 14 17 9 - 46

Marshall County 4 8 10 13 - 35

GRAVES COUNTY — Waggoner 17, Qualls 7, Johnson 6, Mathis 5, Galloway 4, Carrico 4, Jackson 2, Wilson 1.

Field goals 13-37. 3-pointers 5-14. Free throws 15-27.

MARSHALL COUNTY — Colson 9, Powell 6, Jezik 5, Bridges 5, Conner 4, Edwards 4, Kerrick 2.

Field goals 14-39. 3-pointers 3-10. Free throws 4-7.