Lady Owls get second win over Warrensburg

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

SEDALIA -- The Marshall girls' basketball team isn't overwhelming opponents, but is beginning to learn how to win close games.

Just as they did 10 days earlier to beat Richmond by two points, the Lady Owls made plays down the stretch Monday for a 32-29 decision over Warrensburg in the W-K Chevrolet/State Fair Community College Shoot-out at Sedalia.

Marshall had opened the season with a 53-33 win over the Lady Tigers, but head coach Tony Willis "knew we weren't 20 points better than them." Still, the Lady Owls opened with a 12-5 first quarter behind a pair of buckets each from sophomores Alex Bledsoe and Whittni Ervin.

"I don't know if it was the holiday or what, but we went flat" during the next two frames, Willis admitted -- managing only two goals during Warrensburg's 13-4 run which sent it into the fourth quarter with a two-point edge.

The lead changed hands a couple of times during the final period. Senior Shayla Strahle buried a three-pointer to put the Lady Tigers in front, but junior Jasmine Jackson answered with a bomb for Marshall. Sophomore Stephanie Markes also hit from outside to put the Lady Owls in front by a point and Ervin scooped up a loose ball in the paint and put it into the hole to make it 30-27.

A Markes drive with a minute remaining pushed the margin to five points, and Marshall allowed only a Strahle deuce the rest of the way.

Junior Emily Case had a game-high 10 points for Warrensburg (2-5).

Ervin scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lady Owls (3-6), who got seven points from both Jackson and Markes -- but missed 11 of 13 attempts from the free-throw line.

Marshall will return from the break Monday with an NCMC home contest against Kirksville.

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