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A-W sweeps MMC basketball teams

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rachel McDermott of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn fires a jump shot over Akron-Westfield defender Alison Kusler. MMC's Jena Mittelstadt (12) watches the action. Photo by Paul Struck
MARCUS - The talented Akron-Westfield basketball squads pocketed two War Eagle Conference games from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn here recently night, the Westerner girls winning the opener 53-26, and the A-W boys winning 71-49 with a big second half.

The combination of a patient MMC offense taking few perimeter shots, and a tough A-W defense, kept the Eagles' point total down as they trailed 11-3, 24-5, and 38-11 at the breaks.

Rachel McDermott and Kayla Foresman led MMC's scoring with seven points each, and Jena Mittelstadt added six. Karly Groon tallied 14 points, and Jordan Harris 13 to lead the Westerners.

MMC made just 10-41 field goals for a frigid 24 percent, and cashed in 7-9 free throws. A-W sank 25-56 shots for 45 percent, and was 6-8 from the line.

Kelsey Sears led MMC on the glass with five rebounds, while Ashley Schneider grabbed four, and Erica Dreckman three. Dreckman also led in steals with three, and Foresman registered two.

Groon led A-W's reboounding with 11 for a nifty double-double performance.

Jordan Boekhout scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double night, and teammate Will Hanson scored 13 and had six boards, but it wasn't enough for the MMC boys in the nightcap.

Neal Bunt of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn ponders making a pass during the Eagles' boys basketball game against Akron-Westfield in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
A-W led 33-27 at halftime and balooned that to 50-35 after three on its way to the victory. Derrick Appley led the Westerners with 24 points, and Michael Oetken added 18.

The MMC boys made 19-53 field goals for 36 percent, and A-W hit 29-59 for 49 percent. The Eagles were 9-12 from the line, and A-W cashed in 11-16 free throws.

"We stayed with them pretty good for the first half, and then their superior size and depth began to take its toll," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "A-W pushed the pace of the game whenever possible to take advantage of their depth.

"I kept telling the boys to be patient on offense, but that is difficult to do when the defense is putting so much pressure on the ball. Our guys worked very hard throughout the entire game."

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