MARCUS - War Eagle Conference rivals
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and Remsen St. Mary's met here last week in Girls Class 1A District Basketball semi-final action. Though the Eagles got close a few times, the Hawks led throughout the game, posting a final 41-35 victory.
MMC coach Shane Williams said, " RSM led from start to finish, and were never really threatened, sustaining a 5-12 point lead most of the game .The closest MMC got was 19-16 at the half, and 37-33 late in the fourth quarter. RSM made key baskets and made free throws, with nine of their 14 coming in the fourth quarter. They were able to make a basket to kill our comebacks every time.
"We had a poor shooting night from the field," said Williams, "and committed too many turnovers. Our defense played well enough to keep us in the ball game. We held them to only 41 points, with 14 coming from the line, and held them to 12-44 shooting (27 percent) from the field. We did break down on inbounds plays -giving up 10 points that way, with Holly Kockler the recipient of most of those. Their man defense gave our offense fits all night. We really struggled offensively as a team and no one really had a good offensive night.
"We have to give RSM credit - they played determined the entire game. They played very good defense, got rebounds, created jump ball situations, and hustled for every loose ball. We were out-hustled, out-played, and out-coached."
MMC was led in scoring by Caitlin Johnson with 11 points, and Andrea Doeden had 11 rebounds, three assists, and three steals for the Eagles. RSM had a balanced scoring attack, led by Amanda Roeder and Rachel Schroeder with 13 apiece, and Holly Kockler with 10. Kockler also had seven boards.
MMC finished the season with a 6-16 overall mark, 1-8 in the conference.
Coach Williams commented on the just-concluded season and next year's prospects for the Eagles:
"Despite the loss - every loss is a little disappointing, especially the game that ends your season. I think we had a good season. We lost several close games (seven in the last couple minutes or less), including three games to RSM by about five points each time. I hope the girls returning will turn this into a motivator for next season. The work they will need to put into it starts now. They are just going to need to build themselves through track season, and then over the summer as much as they desire to work.
We lose two senior starters, Anna Klingenberg and Caitlin Johnson, this year, and will have three returning seniors who are potential starters - Andrea Doeden, Samantha Taylor, and Kaylee Dreckman."