HARTLEY - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls found it difficult to get into any kind of a rhythm against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn here on Friday because of the frequent stoppage of the game due to a whopping 49 fouls being called.
Despite this, the Eagles led throughout the game, holding a three-point lead at the half and a 33-29 lead as they headed into the fourth quarter. Coach Tim Dreckman's Eagles wound up with a 50-41 victory, their biggest margin of the game.
Lady Eagle standout Erica Deckman was forced to sit out well over half of the game because of foul trouble, and the senior exited the game for good with her final foul with five minutes left in the game. Kayla Foresman helped fill the void with an outstanding game, scoring 23 points for MMC. Dreckman scored seven points in her limited action and Jalyn Doeden added six points, as the Eagles shot 33.3% from the field and 56.4% from the line. Foresman and Dreckman each had six boards, and Doeden and Anna Wilcox had five rebounds apiece for MMC.
Coach Dreckman also cited the defensive play of Sarah Bird and Alissa McDermott, who came off the bench to assume Erica Deckman's defensive assignments.
Jessica Stofferan led the Hawks (5-7) with 11 points.
The Lady Eagles, now 5-0 in War Eagle Conference play and 10-3 overall, host Remsen St. Mary's Friday night in Marcus.