REMSEN - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls team traveled to Remsen for a War Eagle Conference basketball matchup with the Remsen St. Mary's Hawks on Dec. 18 and in Eagle coach Shane Wiliams' words "This was a typical RSM - MMC rugged,physical contest."
Williams added that the game "was a game of opportunities for both teams, where both teams were able to take advantage of each other's miscues."
MMC had a five-point lead after one quarter, and a four-point lead at the half (21-17). The Hawks whittled that lead down to a single point (31-30) after three, but a strong fourth quarter by the Eagles gave MMC a hard-earned 54-40 victory.
Individually, Williams felt that senior Kaylee Dreckman played "her best game of the season - so far" as she scored 18 points to lead Eagle scoring, and added three steals on the defensive end. Williams felt that all three Eagle senior regulars - Dreckman, Samantha Taylor, and Jessica Zubrod - did an excellent job and came up big in the fourth quarter to lead the team to the win. Taylor scored 15 points on the night, and, said Williams, "was patient in her shot selection from behind the arc - hitting some really good (open & well-timed) 3-pointers." Taylor scored 12 of her points in the 4th quarter, including a 4-4 performance from the line. Rachel McDermott also had a 4-4 fourth quarter for the Eagles, and scored nine points on the night, as did Jessica Zubrod, who also led the team in rebounding, with seven boards.
Amanda Roder, with 13 points, and Mercedees Ricke, with nine, led St. Mary's scoring, and Roeder also grabbed 13 rebounds and stole five passes for the Hawks. Both teams committed a lot of turnovers - 32 for the Eagles and 23 for the Hawks. MMC shot well, hitting 47% from the field, including 3 of 6 from three-point territory, and 77% from the line.
Coach Williams said that "many of those 32 MMC turnovers were due to our own unraveling, and the 15 to 5 offensive (RSM) rebounding advantage was due to poor positioning and effort of getting our hands on the ball and being strong with it. Too much spectating, we are two counts slow on our passing, we are not coming to the ball on our receiving the pass, and not blocking out and getting after it on the shot. We were lucky that RSM did not hit more of their inside shots (31% FG). They shoot a little better and we are going into Christmas break 2-6 instead of 3-5. If you out rebound a team, collect more turnovers, and have 15 more field goal attempts like RSM had on us, you would think that you would get the win. Instead, it was a combination of some really big shots in the fourth quarter and even bigger shots from the free throw line (11-12 in 4th) that allowed us to get the tough win on the road."
Williams especially liked the seniors 'we are going to win this game' attitude, and in conclusion said, "I saw our team grow up a little in the second half, and hopefully this 'knowing how to win' springboards us after Christmas break."