WARRENSBURG -- It's been six years since the Marshall girls' basketball team went into the holiday break with a winning record.
The Lady Owls posted their best pre-Christmas mark going 8-1 in 2006 with Tuesday's come-from-behind 41-37 non-conference decision at Warrensburg.
Senior Stephanie Markes hit a pair of shots to stake Marshall to an 11-8 first-quarter lead, but the Lady Tigers held a 24-13 edge over the next period for a six-point advantage midway through the third frame.
The Lady Tigers close out the stanza with a 9-0 run and maintained a two-possession cushion until Warrensburg trimmed the margin to three points with two minutes remaining.
However, the Lady Owls forced three turnovers down the stretch and sophomore Molly Evans made a free throw late in the game to secure the victory.
"I told the girls at half that we would have to win the game with heart," said MHS head coach Tony Willis. "The girls really stepped up the defensive pressure and that sparked us overall."
Junior Rebekka Strahle had 13 points and senior Taylor Geis added 12 for the Lady Tigers (2-6).
Marshall (6-2) got 12 points each from Evans and junior Karson Heying -- who also pulled down eight rebounds, blocked three shots and came up with a pair of steals. Markes also contributed seven boards and two thefts.
In the 2006-07 season, the Lady Owls went 18-7 and reached the Class 4, District 14 Tournament finals before dropping a 37-32 decision to host Excelsior Springs. The next year, Marshall reached the playoffs.
The Lady Owls are hoping that this season's start reaps similar rewards.