MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn basketball teams split a pair of games against Trinity Christian of Hull here last week, the 12th-ranked MMC girls prevailing 56-35, and the Eagle boys losing 60-54 in a tight game throughout.
Erica Dreckman tallied 21 points and Kayla Foresman 15 to pace the MMC girls to their third win in four tries. Carly Lehnhoff chipped in six. Lanae Regnerus led Trinity Christian with 10 points.
Foresman grabbed seven rebounds to lead the winners in that category, while Dreckman snagged six, to go along with her team-leading five assists. Foresman had four assists. Dreckman also led MMC in steals with four, and Foresman and Jalyn Doeden pocketed three apiece.
The Eagles meshed 25-61 field goals for 41 percent, and cashed in just 3-4 free throws.
Trinity Christian sank 17-42 shots for 40 percent, and was 1-5 from the foul line, as just 21 total team fouls were whistled in the game.
In the boys nightcap. the teams traded baskets and one of two-point leads throughout, with the teams tied at 12-12 after one quarter, Trinity leading 24-23 at halftime, and leading 41-40 after three frames.
With 25 seconds to play, MMC trailed 56-54, set up a game-winning play, and mised the three-point shot drawn up. The Eagles were then forced to foul and Trinity hit four free throws in the closing seconds for the final margin of victory.
Dylan Spieler led MMC with 17 points, while Tyler Prunty added 14, and Zach Specht 10. Prunty also grabbed nine rbeounds, and Spieler five. Soecht had five steals and Spieler five blocked shots.
Greg Gritters led Trinity Christian with19 points, and Brad Gritters tallied 10.
The Eagles (1-3) sank 19-60 field goals for 32 percent, and netted 13-17 free throws. Trinity Christian made 23-59 shots for 39 percent, and was 9-13 from the foul line.
"We shot 32 percent from the field, including 3-13 from beyond the three-point arc," noted MMC coach Pat Bird. "You won't beat too many teams with those stats.
"I thought Tyler Prunty had a good game for us inside. Also, Andrew Hoefling and Dalton Brady came off the bench to play some solid defense and grab six and seven rebounds, respectively."
The MMC teams host Akron-Westfield Friday night.