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MMC girls handle R-A in tourney

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dreckman's 24 points lead Eagles

On the job - The entire Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn team rallied for a rebound in Class 1A Regional basketball action in Marcus Tuesday. They are Erica Dreckman (10), Steph Specht (14), Carly Lehnhoff (22), Kelsey Sears, right, and Jalyn Doeden (behind Sears), along with Ruthven-Ayshire's Sadie Forey (13).Photo by Paul Struck
MARCUS - The essence of team play was evident all over the place again here Tuesday night when the 17-5 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls rocked a feisty Ruthven-Ayrshire club 63-45 in second-round Class 1A Regional Tournament basketball action.

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.

Anna Wilcox of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn defends Ruthven-Ayrshire's Caitlyn Reed (23) during the Eagles' second-round Class 1A Regional Tournament basketball victory in Marcus Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Doeden and Anna Wilcox, who sparked the Eagles on both ends off the bench, grabbed five rebounds each to lead that department. Specht also snagged three steals and Sears had three assists.

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.

Stephanie Specht (14) of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn guards Ruthven-Ayrshire's Sadie Forey in basketball tourney action Tuesday in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
"The girls played a good game offensively, and did a fair job on the defensive end," said MMC coach Dreckman. I thought they let the big girl have her way inside too much, but, all in all, it was a good game.

"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.

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