By Paul Struck
REMSEN - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls snagged a hard-fought 52-40 non-conference victory over Aurelia here Thurday night, as Eagles Kaylee Dreckman and Samatha Taylor combined for 37 points.
In the boys nightcap, the visiting Bulldogs stayed the course against a gritty MMC club, claiming a 57-44 verdict.
In the girls contest, Dreckman tallied 21 points, and Taylor 16 to lead the Eagles to victory. Rachel McDermott added eight points and Jessica Zubrod five for the winners.
Leah Kai, a real Energizer Bunny at point guard for Aurelia, led her team with 20 points, while Audrey Winterhof added eight, and Meghan Glawe six. Glawe also pulled down 13 rebounds and Winterhof accounted for seven assists in the physical game. Kai had six boards and four assists, to go along with four steals. Erin Laursen and Kaitlin Sandene each snared five rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Ashley Schneider snagged nine rebounds for MMC, and Taylor had five and three assists. Dreckman has three steals.
"We got out to great starts at the beginning of the game and after halftime," said MMC coach Shane Williams. "Kaylee shot well tonight and Samantha had an overall strong game. Rachel did a good job of anticipating on the weakside defense and had five steals. Kai is very athletic and difficult to stop."
A telling statistic was the fact MMC canned 12-19 free throws, compared to just 2-4 for the Bulldogs. Dreckman was 6-7 from the line.
"We played well in the second and fourth quarters," said Aurelia coach Tim Galvin. "We just need to put a complete game together one of these nights."
Jordan Boekhout scored 18 points to lead the MMC boys, but it was not enough as Aaron Bruce tallied 24 points, and Camrin Meyer 13 to lead the 'Dogs to the win. Will Hanson added nine, and Lukas Nelson eight for the Eagles.
Jared Bruce scored seven points and registered a busy seven steals for the winners. he also had a remarkable 12 assists in the fast-paced game. Meyer recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds, while Aaron Bruce grabbed eight, and Jared Bruce six.
Boekhout led MMC on the boards with nine rebounds, and Justin Henke pocketed four. Boekhout also had four assists, four steals, and four blocked shots.
I thought as a whole this was our best-played game of the season," said MMC coach Al Vasher with a line-up loaded with underclassmen. "Offensively, we moved the ball and took open shots. defensively, we closed out better and rebounded better.
"I am happy with the effort the boys are putting forth and their work ethic here in the last part of the season."
The Bulldogs drained 25-68 field goals for 37 percent, and cashed in 10-22 free throws. MMC made 18-56 shots for a chilly 32 percent, and was 10-19 from the foul line.
"We didn't play real well at times," said Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider. "We would get a 10-point lead and to MMC's credit, they would fight back into it. They got to within 41-40 early in the fourth quarter and we hit two huge threes (Mason Sangwin and Greg Kolpin) and we held them off the rest of the way.
"I'm very pleased with Meyer's double-double. He continues to improve. Aaron had 24 and stayed out of foul trouble. Jared had a great game. It was a good win on the road and gives us three in a row."