LE MARS - Foul problems and a 10-point deficit in free throws cost the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls dearly here Friday night as they fell 59-54 to a good Le Mars Gehlen team.
Erica Dreckman paced the visiting Eagles in scoring with 17 points, while Kayla Foresman added 10, Jen Mittlestadt eight, Rachel McDermott six, and Ashley Schneider five.
Amber Timmins led the Gehlen Jays with 20 points, and Jessie Timmins added 13, along with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Kelsey Sears led MMC on the boards with eight rebounds, followed by Foresman and Schneider sith six apiece, and Drecman and Jalyn Doeden five each. Dreckman led MMC in steals with seven, and Foresman registered four.
The Eagles sank 23-72 field goals for a chilly 32 percent, and was 9-18 from the foul line. MMC made just 3-12 three-point shots. Gehlen netted 20-63 shots also for 32 percent, and converted 19-26 free throws. The Jays were 0-8 from three-ball range.
"It was another close, tough loss," said MMC coach Shane Williams. "Close games always come down to free throws and we lost that critical battle just like at Sioux City West in our first game.
"The stats really do not reveal the other big difference, but Gehlen killed us on the offensive boards. We gave up over 20 points on second-chance points and fouls."
Williams said his team got in foul trouble and had to rely on the bench for large minutes and didn't get the needed production.
"We did miss some great opportunities down the stretch. Our press was creating some positive things for us but we couldn't finish."
The MMC teams play Friday at Sergeant Bluff-Luton. The MMC girls are now 2-2 for the season.