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MMC girls clip undefeated Falcons

Friday, February 3, 2012

Kayla Foresman of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn drives the ball past defenders while teammate Sarah Bird (24) waits for a possible pass during recent basketball action in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
HAWARDEN - The 17-3 12th rated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls basketball team went into the Falcons' den here Tuesday night and came away with an exciting and impressive 55-52 victory over the previously undefeated, 4th ranked West Sioux girls.

The win keeps the Eagles spotless in the rugged War Eagle Conference with an 8-0 WEC record, while the host Falcons move to 8-1 and 18-1 over all.

A three-pronged offensive attack led by Erica Dreckman's 21 points guided the Eagles through the hard-fought game, while Jalyn Doeden added 14, and Kayla Foresman 10.

MMC's bench was crucial this night, as Doeden and Foresman got in foul trouble in the second quarter. "We had to go deep into my bench and the girls did an excellent job as Bailee Nelson, Sarah Bird, Alissa McDermott, and Heather Hoefling kept us in the ballgame," praised MMC coach Tim Dreckman.

Jade Lynn Vlotho led West Sioux with 14 points, and Dana Weerheim tallied 11. Vlotho also was a force on the boards for the Falcons with 17 rebounds.

Dreckman and Doeden paced MMC rebounding with six each, while Foresman had five, and Anna Wilcox three. Dreckman and Foresman led their team in steals with four apiece, and Doeden had three blocks, and Dreckman two.

The Eagles sank 23-57 field goals for 40 percent and was 7-14 from the foul line. West Sioux made 21-58 shots for 36 percent, and was 6-10 from the free throw line.

"All I can say is we're playing basketball and well as you can," said coach Dreckman. "These girls are coming out and playing their hearts out. Our defense is playing amazing with a capital A, and our offense feeds off that."

The MMC teams host WEC rival Le Mars Gehlen tonight. The rated Lady Jays are one of three teams to beat the MMC girls, along with West Sioux and a stumble against Remsen-Union. The Eagles have avenged two of those losses and have their eyes focused on avenging the third one tonight in the "Pack The Place" game against Gehlen.

Get there early.

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