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MMC girls split basketball games

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Carly Lehnhoff, middle, controls the ball as Akron-Westfield defender Monica Harvey (11) attempts a steal during recent basketball action in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls split two War Eagle Conference basketball games last week, losing at Remsen St. Mary's 48-44, and overcoming a stiff challenge from South O'Brien 48-40 in Marcus Friday night.

Cold shooting plagued the MMC girls at RSM, with Jalyn Doeden the lone Eagle to crack double figures in the game. Doeden tallied 18 points, followed by Erica Dreckman eight, Anna Wilcox six, and Kayla Foresman five.

Makenzie Ricke led the Hawks with 15 points, and Alexis Bunkers scored nine.

MMC made just 16-59 field goals for an icy 27 percent shooting effort, and cashed in 12-19 free throws. The Hawks were 14-46 shooting for 30 percent, and made 17-29 free throws.

Doeden recorded a double-double, also grabbing 13 rebounds, and Foresman snagged 10. Anyssa Trejo and Lyndsie Schorg each tallied seven rebounds for RSM.

"Cold shooting kept hurting us," said MMC coach Tim Dreckman. "I don't think the girls were ready to go. You have to give St. Mary's credit as they outhustled us the whole game and they shut down our two leading scorers who average around 37 points a game and only had 13 between Erica and Kayla.

"Jalyn had a super game, and Carly Lehnhoff and Anna Wilcox had nice games as they continue to play their role really well."

Dreckman fouled out with four minutes left, which hurt the Eagle cause with the game still in doubt.

Dreckman scored 21 points and Foresman 11 to lead MMC past South O'Brien. Erin Brasser paced the Wolverines with 10 points. Foresman led the winners on the boards with eight rebounds, and Rachel Struve grabbed 10 to lead SOS in that category.

MMC trailed 23-14 at halftime, and 30-27 after three quarters, before outscoring SOS 21-10 in the fourth frame to turn the game around.

"Once again, we had a very slow start," said MMC coach Dreckman. "We could not get things going, with bad passes and poor shooting (31 percent). We did a nice job at the free throw line (15-19) and it took us until the fourth quarter to get going when our shots started to fall and we hit all of our free throws down the stretch.

"The girls played hard and defensively we are doing a good job. We just need to come out stronger and hit our shots."

The MMC teams play at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Friday night.

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