MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls were down by eight points midway through the 3rd quarter in their War Eagle Conference match-up with Spalding here on Jan. 13, and were still down by six with just two minutes left in the 4th quarter. But in that 4th quarter, the Lady Eagles' defensive intensity picked up, forcing several turnovers, Kayla Foresman scored six points, Rachel McDermott sank some clutch free throws, and Erica Dreckman sank a clutch 3-pointer to tie up the game. Momentum swung MMC's way, and it carried into the overtime period, sending the Lady Eagles to a 55-50 win.
Dreckman led MMC in scoring with 20 points, while freshman Foresman scored 11 and notched a career high 10 rebounds. McDermott added nine points and Jen Mittelstadt had six. Dreckman and Ashley Schneider grabbed six rebounds apiece, and Dreckman, Foresman and Jalyn Doeden had five, four, and four steals apiece, respectively.
Coach Williams said that the two teams' performances at the free throw line "was probably the difference in the game" as the Spalding girls clicked on only 31% of their charity tosses and MMC hit 60% of theirs.
Spalding had a big night from outside - hitting on nine three-pointers, five by Amy Stoll, who led the Spartans in scoring with 17 points.