The Marshall girls' basketball team had not beaten Boonville since it joined the NCMC four years ago, but ended that jinx Monday with a 48-46 home decision.
The last win for the Lady Owls against their neighbor, 46-43 in the 2007 MHS Invitational, began a campaign which ended up with an appearance in the Class 4 sectionals. The Lady Pirates had since won eight straight meetings.
It didn't start well for Marshall, which fell behind 8-0, but a switch to man-to-man defense slowed down the visitors. The Lady Owls closed the half with a 25-10 run and were up by 11 points during the second half.
Sophomore Morgan Edwards hit four shots during a 12-3 spurt to begin the fourth quarter, getting Boonville to within three points. However, sophomore Molly Evans drove for a lay-up with under two minutes to go and then found senior Stephanie Markes on the press-breaker for a bucket.
Junior Karson Heying sank a free throw, so that sophomore Addyson Reardon's three-pointer at the buzzer did no harm.
Edwards had a game-high 17 points and Reardon added 12 for the Lady Pirates (4-3, 0-1 NCMC).
Marshall got 11 points from Heying and 10 from Evans, but a big contribution came off the bench from sophomore Makala Colbert with six points, eight rebounds and nine steals.
The Lady Owls (4-2, 2-1) have a chance to go into the Christmas break with a winning record for the first time in five years, with two games remaining -- including Friday's home tilt with Richmond.
GREEN RIDGE -- Sweet Springs recovered from a slow start with a strong finish Tuesday to pull out a 52-48 non-conference win at Green Ridge.
The Lady Tigers led by seven points at halftime, but the Lady Greyhounds' 15-8 third quarter tied the match heading into the final frame. Sophomore Nicole Bright hit three shots and senior Mikalah Vogelsmeier helped secure the victory by making four straight free throws.
Senior Clare Chamberlin racked up 22 points for Green Ridge (4-2).
Sweet Springs got 12 points and eight rebounds from junior Christina Higgins, while Bright cleaned the glass 14 times and senior Rebecca Tyler contributed eight points, four assists and four steals.
The Lady 'Hounds (5-1) will take on Pilot Grove during Friday's State Fair Community College Shoot-out at Sedalia.
BRUNSWICK -- Slater's defense held Brunswick to 10 first-half points Tuesday during a 60-33 non-conference road win.
Junior Shay Babcock knocked down three first-quarter bombs and scored 15 points before halftime to spur the Lady Wildcats to a 34-10 lead at the break.
Brunswick (1-4) got seven points off the bench from junior Michelle Kahn.
Junior Mary Rose Gonzalez produced 17 points and 14 rebounds and junior Sylvia Knox dealt out 10 assists for Slater (3-4), who plays Lewis and Clark Conference rival Paris in its home opener today.
GREEN RIDGE -- The junior tandem of Jacob Schowengerdt and Jeffery Hall scored in double figures for the fourth game in a row Tuesday for the Sweet Springs boys, getting a 66-58 non-conference win at Green Ridge.
Hall tallied 15 points during the first half to help the Greyhounds to 33-22 lead at the break and Schowengerdt pumped in 11 points during the third period to extend the margin to a dozen.
Junior Axton Hardin topped the Tigers (4-2) with 14 points.
Schowengerdt wound up with 24 points, four assists and four steals and Hall had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Sweet Springs (5-1) -- which shot 23 of 27 from the charity stripe.
BRUNSWICK -- John Roberts got his first win as Slater's head coach Tuesday, 61-41 at Brunswick.
Junior Drew Weiker tallied 12 of his game-high 25 points during a 20-7 second-quarter splurge to give the Wildcats a 34-17 lead at intermission.
Brunswick (1-4) was led by junior Quade Rice's 14 points.
Junior Caleb Pemberton had 13 points and 10 assists and junior Mat Curren pitched in with six points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for Slater (1-5).