Moberly rallies to defeat Lady Owls

Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Junior Nicki Erickson (32) and the Lady Owls went on the attack against Moberly, but were unable to come up with their first NCMC win of the season.

MOBERLY -- The Marshall girls' basketball team gave host Moberly a scare Tuesday, but couldn't hold on during the second half to remain winless in NCMC play, 58-46.

The Lady Owls hit five three-pointers during the second period -- two by junior Robyn Jennings -- to take a one-point lead into the break, but gave up 22 third-quarter points. Senior Casey Westhues and sophomore Amy Kennison connected from outside and sophomore Nikki Westhues made a pair of put-backs during the Lady Spartans' 13-0 run.

"We had a brief panic attack," conceded Marshall head coach Jeff Martin. Even when the Lady Owls trimmed a 13-point deficit to seven early in the final frame, they "seemed to turn it over every time we really had a chance to get it close."

Marshall had 13 second-half giveaways and the Lady Spartans effectively banged the ball inside, sophomore Chelsea Flock scoring eight points during the third set. The Lady Owls were accurate on 37.2 percent of their field-goal attempts, but couldn't keep up with Moberly's 43.5-percent pace.

Casey Westhues tallied 18 points and Nikki Westhues had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Spartans (13-8, 3-2 NCMC).

Junior Nicki Erickson led Marshall with 13 points, Jennings added 11 and senior Sara Malan collected seven boards. The Lady Owls (5-17, 0-6) wind up the regular season Friday with a challenging road trip to second-ranked Kirksville.

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