MARCUS - The 15th-rated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls ran their early-season record to 4-2 with a resounding 57-33 demolition of a gritty Akron-Westfield team here Friday night.
In the boys nightcap, the MMC boys rode effective full-court defensive pressure and capitolized on turnovers caused by that pressure to chart a hard-earned 52-41 win over the visiting Westerners.
In the girls opener, Erica Dreckman paced the winning Eagles with 23 points, followed by Kayla Foresman and Jalyn Doeden 11 apiece. Monica Harvey led A-W scoring with 10 points.
The MMC girls, whose two losses are to 5th-ranked Le Mars Gehlen in Le Mars, and 7th-rated West Sioux in Marcus, sank 22-57 field goals for 39 percent, including 0-4 in three-balls, and cashed in 13-19 free throws.
The Westerners made just 8-39 shots for an icy 21 percent, and converted 14-23 free throws. A-W was 3-9 from the three-point arc.
The winning Eagles dominated the boards, with Dreckman and Foresman each raking down 13, and Doeden snagging 11 rebounds. Dreckman and Foresman also tallied four assists each in the big win.
MMC led 15-5 after a fast start thanks to defensive pressure and turnovers accounting for several lay-ups. The Eagles led 31-20 at halftime, and 40-35 after three frames before outscoring the Westerners 12-6 down the stretch.
MMC (3-3) netted 11-22 free throws, compared to 4-11 for A-W.
"The difference in this ballgame was the turnovers that we created with the press in the first half," noted MMC coach Pat Bird. "Four of those turnovers were steals that we converted into layups.
"We got a little careless with the ball at times in the second half and allowed them to get back into the game. But, when it came down to crunch time we were able to get the defensive stops that were needed to close out the game."
The MMC teams now enter the Christmas holiday break.