STORM LAKE - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys faced the unenviable task Tuesday of taking on a #2- ranked Storm Lake St. Mary's team which had suffered its first loss of the season the night before, falling at Le Mars Gehlen, 72-57. The Panthers bounced back from that defeat on Tuesday,though, defeating a good MMC team, 81-48, in non-conference action.
"In all honesty," summarized MMC coach Mark Fisher after the contest, " I thought we played much better tonight. We competed and played much harder than we have. St. Mary's has a heck of a team with some real great players and they showed that tonight. When they compete like that, they're hard to beat.
"I was really proud of our guys' energy tonight. We had multiple guys on the floor for loose balls, hustling on defense, and being aggressive. This stretch of games has showed us that we still have a ways to go to be a great team and we need to work on improving, but we'll get there if we'll compete."
St. Mary's was led by seniors Luke Lenhart and Kennedy Drey, who netted 28 and 24 points apiece, respectively, and Drey scored a double-double, as he added 10 rebounds on the night. Sophomore Josh Demers was a big presence for the Panthers, too, as he notched 17 points, featuring 4 of 6 shooting from three- point land. Demers also swiped seven Eagle passes, and Lenhart stole six himself.
MMC hosts Hinton on Friday.