MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls rallied from a 29-21 halftime deficit to go ahead by one after three quarters, then outscored Remsen St. Mary's 18-5 in the final quarter to take a 54-40 War Eagle Conference game from the Hawks here on Jan. 6th.
In the boys nightcap, Will Hanson scored 25 points to lead the host Eagles to a 54-45 victory.
In the girls opener, freshman Kayla Foresman scored 11 of the Eagles' 4th quarter points and totaled 22 points for the game. Erica Dreckman added 13 points, and Rachel McDermott 11 for the Eagles.
Emma Krier led RSM with 21 points, but was held to just seven points in the second half by the Eagle defense, as the Eagles improved their season record to 3-6.
Foresman and Ashley Schneider led MMC in rebounds with five apiece, and Kelsey Sears grabbed four. Foresman also led in assists with four.
The hot-shooting Eagles made 23-41 field goals for a warm 56 percent, while RSM sank 19-49 for 39 percent. The winners cashed in 12-17 free throws, and the Hawks were 5-10 from the line.
"We struggled offensively to get in any rhythm in the first half," said MMC coach Shane Williams. "Erica and Rachel had good shooting nights from the outside. Our defense stepped it up in the second half and full-court and half-court pressure helped us change the momentum. We established ourselves defensively the second half, and that set up our offense."
In the boys' game, M-M-C also came out on top, 54-45, with Hanson's 25 and Jordan Boekhout's 18 points leading the way. Boekhout also snagged six rebounds, as did Lukas Nelson.
MMC shot 20-47 from the field for 43 percent, including a 5-10 effort from the three-point line. Both teams were 9-17 from the free throw line, and RSM sank 16-52 field goals for a chilly 31 percent night.
Chad Weiler led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points, as MMC led at all the breaks, including taking a 33-27 halftime lead, and a 40-37 lead into the fourth quarter.
"I was pleased with the energy that our boys played with," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "Coming off Christmas break and playing two nights in a row can be tough, but the boys responded well. As a team we are beginning to do a better job of playing good defense without getting into foul trouble. Our three seniors did a nice job of setting the intensity level for the rest of the team."