MMC's Erica Dreckman, despite sitting much of the first half with foul troubles, led the Eagles to the victory with 24 points and another masterful job of running the point guard position and setting up the offense. The hustling junior also led her team on defense with seven steals, and dished off five assists.
Fast-improving junior guard Carly Lehnhoff tallied 10 points, including a couple biggies in the second quarter when Dreckman was sitting to keep the Eagles in command. Reagan McDaniel added nine points, Stephanie Specht eight, Jalyn Doeden six, and Kelsey Sears five.
Sadie Forey paced the Raiders (7-13) with 23 points and seven rebounds. With only eight players out for basketball in the entire high school, and four seniors graduating, the future is up in the air for the Raiders' basketball program, which also listed six cheerleaders in the game program.
The Eagles of coach Tim Dreckman, with just two seniors on the team (Specht and Sears), jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter, and nursed a 28-18 halftime lead, before going on a 20-7 scoring run in the third frame to blow it open.
"Erica just continues to play great basketball for her dad and Carly played a great game all around, as did Anna Wilcox. Anna doesn't do much scoring, but her floor game has been great all year. The other girls are doing their job and everybody knows their role and they go out and do it. What a great group of girls to work with all year."
The Eagles have played without three-year varsity player, junior Kayla Foresman, a scorer and inside presence, who injured a knee at Granville Spalding on Dec. 7.
MMC plays George-Little Rock in a Regional semi-final tonight at Orange City Unity Christian.