MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (WPSD)– Thursday kicked off the Lady Marshall Holiday Classic in Western Kentucky. Marshall County High School will host a number of basketball teams over the next two days, and there is one team, in particular, they wanted to make sure made the trip.
As 2018 comes to a close, the Lady Marshals are reflecting on how, for them, basketball has become more than a game.
The team had basketball as a way to escape tragedy earlier this year when a gunman walked into their school and opened fire. Two of their classmates died.
One of the first places the Lady Marshals traveled to was Washington County where they were welcomed at a time when they needed it most.
“They took us under their wing and showed us so much love and comfort and really just got us through a tough time in our lives,” said sophomore Presley Jenzik.
Before the two teams meet again on the court, the Lady Marshals invited Washington County’s team to sit down for a meal.
“We’re just returning the favor to Washington County because we went into their community last year. It just showed that people were thinking about us and were praying for us and that people really just were caring and were sensitive to us,” she said.
Lena Bramblett, the head coach from Washington County said that the bond her team has formed with the Lady Marshals only continues to grow.
“These kids are connected at the heart and I think that’s the biggest thing they can take away. It’s just no matter where you are, just connect with people. Be kind to people because you never know what they’re going through,” said Bramblett.