MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls placed four players in double figures on the way to an entertaining 59-51 victory over Remsen-Union here on Nov. 27.
In the nightcap, the MMC boys dropped a hard-fought season opener, 64-53, to the visiting R-U Rockets.
In the girls game, Eagle sophomore Rachel McDermott scored 17 points to lead all scorers, while teammates Samantha Taylor tallied 13, Kaylee Dreckman 10, and Ashley Schneider 10.
The MMC girls trailed 12-9 after the first quarter, but fought back to take a 24-21 halftime lead. The Rockets came back to lead 40-37 after three frames, but the host Eagles went on a 22-11 scoring tear in the fourth quarter to seal the deal and put a smile on the face of coach Shane Williams.
In the boys game, 6-4 Jordan Boekhout paced the Eagles with a superb 29-point effort, grabbed 14 rebounds, and blocked four shots for a sweet double-double to open the new season.
Lukas Nelson added five points to the MMC cause, and led in assists with three before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Justin Henke pulled down six rebounds for the Eagles.
MMC sank 25-63 field goals for 40 percent, with Boekhout firing up 37 of those shots, and cashed in 7-15 free throws.
Tyler Van Dam lked the Rockets in scoring with 18 points.
"We came out a lttle timid and flat, but the kids did a great job of hanging in there and battling in the second half," noted MMC coach Al Vasher. "With our lack of depth the foul trouble we got in to really took its toll on us as the game went on. I expect us to get a lot better as we get more playing time under out belts."
The MMC squads travel to conference rival Le Mars Gehlen on Nov. 30 double-header with the Jays.