Lady Owls falter down stretch at Fulton
FULTON -- A nine-point fourth-quarter lead vanished on the road Monday for the Marshall girls' basketball team.
The Lady Owls didn't score over the final 7:51 of their NCMC game at Fulton, losing a 44-41 overtime decision to the Lady Hornets -- whom they had beaten handily, 49-33, on Dec. 5.
There were two differences this time. One was the emergence of freshman forward Chastity Porter for Fulton. Limited to eight points in their first meeting, Porter tallied 17 points -- including the only three points of the extra frame -- grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked five shots this time around.
Porter was sent to the free-throw line for 16 shots, six more than Marshall's total, and converted 11. Overall, the Lady Hornets held a whopping 34-10 advantage in charity tries and 20-6 gap in scoring from the stripe. The margin in foul calls was 24-11 against the Lady Owls.
The second factor was Fulton's switch from a man-to-man defense to a 1-2-2 zone. After scoring 36 points during the first three periods, Marshall had only five points over the last 12 minutes.
"Obviously I have not taught this group how to handle a difficult situation well enough," rued MHS head coach Jeff Martin.
Junior Hilary Davis scored 12 points for the Lady Hornets (8-12, 3-4 NCMC).
Senior Hannah Heuman and sophomore Courtney Henley each had 10 points for the Lady Owls (11-10, 4-4), who have lost three of four games since claiming the Grain Valley Tournament championship Jan. 27.
Marshall will be on the road again Thursday for a non-conference tilt at Oak Grove.