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MMC teams split with South O'Brien

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Erica Dreckman of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn looks for a passing outlet during recent baksetball action in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
PAULLINA - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn basketball teams split a pair of games at South O'Brien here last week, the Lady Eagles winning the opener 39-36, and the MMC boys losing to the Wolverines 80-45 in the nightcap.

The game was a make-up of the original game postponed from Dec. 16 due to inclement weather.

Balanced scoring led the MMC girls to victory, fueled by a 15-5 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter that led to the Eagles' win.

Erica Dreckman led MMC with nine points, followed by Kayla Foresman eight, Rachel McDermott seven, Ashley Schneider six, and Jen Mittlestadt six.

The Eagles sank 14-43 field goals for a chilly 33 percent, while SOS made 15-49 for 31 percent. MMC cashed in 11-25 free throws, compared to an 8-10 night for SOS.

Foresman led MMC on the boards with nine rebounds, whileSchneider grabbed seven, and Dreckman five. Schneider also led in steals with four, and McDermott had three.

The host Wolverines led 31-24 after three quarters before MMC mounted its charge to win it with a 15-5 scoring tear in the final eight minutes.

"Ths was a very close game," said MMC coach Shane Williams. "I thought we let the game slip away after the third quarter, but our girls responded both defensively and with some big shots. The only drawback from our performance was our shooting, particularly from the free throw line."

In the boys game, SOS stormed to a 25-6 lead in the first quarter and was never threatened after that, building a 45-17 halftime margin, and a 62-33 lead after thiree periods.

Jordan Boekhout led MMC with 15 points, while Neal Bunt tallied 11, Tyrel Godbersen eight, and Will Hanson eight. Jarod Syndergaard led SOS with 26 points and seven rebounds, followed by Ryan Brasser 19 and 10 rebounds, and Adam Paulsen 14 points.

MMC netted 18-46 field goals for 39 percent, and SOS made 32-57 shots for a sizzling 56 percent, including 8-12 three-pointers.

"We did not handle their press well in the first quarter and they took full advantage of that," noted MMC coach Pat Bird. "When we switched from man-to-man to zone defense, they lit it up from three-point range. Senior Lukas Nelson was not available to us due to illness and we missed his leadership on both ends of the court."

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