MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn basketball teams steamrolled non-conference foe Ruthven-Ayrshire here on Feb. 1, the Eagle girls claiming a resounding 67-27 win, and the MMC boys prevailing 47-35.
Four players hit double figures to lead the MMC girls to victory, with Samantha Taylor scoring 15, Anna Klingenberg 13, Caitlin Johnson 12, and Kaylee Dreckman 11. Cassidy Smith led the visiting R-A gals with 10 points.
Taylor also led the winners on the boards with six, and Andrea Doeden grabbed five rebounds. Klingenberg registered a whopping 10 steals and Taylor had six as the tough Eagle defense shut down the visitors. Taylor led in assists with six, and Dreckman added four.
MMC shot a sizzling 53 percent from the field after netting 28-53 shots, including 4-7 three-balls. R-A made just 13 of 55 field goals for a chilly 24 percent. The Eagles sank 15-18 free throws, and R-A meshed 4-9.
MMC went on a 21-4 scoring run in the second quarter to break the game open with a 32-12 halftime lead.
"We had one of our best offensive nights of the season," said MMC coach Shane Williams. "We shot well from the floor and free throw line. I really like the fact that our scoring is coming from different sources. Sometimes our scoring has been inconsistent, but it creates challenges for our opponents because they have no one person to key on."
Jordan Boekhout led the MMC boys with 15 points, and Tim Holmes added 12 to lead their team to victory in the nightcap.
MMC led 18-11 after a good first quarter, and 29-20 at halftime before taking a 34-25 lead into the final frame.
Holmes led the Eagles in rebounding with 10, and Nate Dammann grabbed eight. Holmes also led in assists with six, and Justin Henke led in steals with four.
"I was pleased with the way we played," said MMC coach Al Vasher. "I thought we were a little sluggish in the third quarter, but came back and played better in the fourth.
"Defensively, we played well. We need to move more at the offensive end. I thought our bench played well and gave us quality minutes."