REMSEN ñ The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Eagles evened their season record at 1-1 after beating the Remsen-Union Rockets 36-26 in girls basketball action at Remsen last week.
Caitlin Johnson scored nine points to lead the Eagles, and Kaylee Dreckman added eight. Anna Klingenberg, Johnson, and Andrea Doeden led MMC rebounders with nine, eight, and seven, respectively. Doeden and Dreckman had three steals apiece, contributing to the team total of nine. Samantha Taylor, with seven and Klingenberg, with five, led the team in assists.
Erica Loutsch scored 12 points and Gina Frericks eight to lead the R-U scoring.
First-year coach Shane Williams said the game got off to a slow start offensively for both teams, as neither team could break the other team's zone defense. The score at the end of the first quarter had MMC leading 6-2. The Eagles still held a two-point lead at the half, 14-12, but had to score eight points in the last two minutes to get that.
MMC switched to a man-to-man defense in the second half and held R-U to 14 total points. The Eagles were not able to put the game away until a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter, however.
Coming into the game, said Williams, he emphasized that the team needed to be more aggressive on the boards, as they had been out-rebounded by Aurelia in their first game. Tuesday night, they limited R-U to just four offensive rebounds.
The Eagles' coach was also pleased with how his team got the ball "into the paint" to the post players, and was really impressed with the way the team played on defense, staying in "fairly good defensive position all night."
MMC out-rebounded the Rockets by 12, increasing its opportunities and minimizing those of the opponents.
Williams said that a couple of things the players and coaches need to work on are finishing shots in the paint to improve the shooting percentage, cutting down on unforced errors, and making better decisions when it comes to passing.