MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn basketball teams split a pair of War Eagle Conference games with South O'Brien here on Feb. 10, the Lady Eagles winning the opener 52-47 in a thrilling overtime, and the MMC boys falling 74-38 to a good South O'Brien team in the nightcap.
Erica Dreckman led the MMC girls to the victory with 19 points, followed by Kayla Foresman 10, and Jalyn Doeden 10. Chelsie Rohr led the Wolverines with a game-high 21 points.
MMC sank 18-51 field goals for 35 percent, and netted 18-28 free throws in the foul-plagued game. SOS made 21-64 shots for 33 percent and was 10-18 from the free throw line.
Foresman paced the Eagles on the glass with nine rebounds, and Dreckman and Ashley Schneider grabbed six apiece. Dreckman had four steals and Rachel McDermott three assists to lead those departments. Megan McCauley and Tracy Tewes led SOS in rebounds with eight each, and Rohrs pulled down six.
"After a slow start for us, we went on a 20-4 run to finish the first half," noted MMC coach Shane Williams. "Over all, we played good defense. We were really able to apply some pressure in the fourth quarter after getting down seven points midway through the fourth. Defense, clutch shots, and timely free throws were the difference in a very tough, physical game."
In the boys game, SOS stormed to a 28-7 lead in the first quarter, and led 39-16 at halftime to salt victory away early.
Jordan Boekhout led the Eagles with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Will Hanson, back from a knee injury but not yet at 100 percent, scored six points. Adam Paulsen led the winners with 20 points, while Jarod Syndergaard tallied 19, and Kyle Petrich 10 for the Wolverines.
MMC sank just 14-40 field goals for 35 percent, and SOS was 29-65 for 45 percent. The Eagles netted 6-11 free throws, and SOS 7-9.
"South O'Brien has good team balance, as well as several excellent shooters," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "Their defense kept our offense out of sync most of the night. Will Hanson was back in our lineup after missing four games with a knee injury. Jordan Boekhout had another solid game."