Marshall picks up two NCMC wins
The Marshall basketball teams simultaneously took the measure of NCMC rival Hannibal on Saturday, only in different locations.
The Marshall boys snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 70-65 victory over the Pirates, while the Lady Owls won on the road, 33-30.
After a pair of three-point losses earlier in the week, "it was a real big win" for the MHS boys, noted head coach Jason Varner. "We fought all week and it finally paid off."
Senior Ben Valencia hit a pair of three-pointers as the Owls opened with a 22-14 first quarter, but then they slumped. The Pirates closed the half with a 16-7 stretch and took a three-point lead into the final frame -- senior Dalton Powell scoring 15 points during the middle two periods.
The lead seesawed during the fourth quarter, but Marshall finally went ahead for good with two minutes remaining -- its performance at the charity stripe making the difference, converting 12 of 15 attempts during the period and 21 of 29 for the game.
"That's really good," Varner remarked. "It was good to see the kids step up big and make those free throws at the end."
Powell finished with 26 points for Hannibal (5-11, 0-4 NCMC), but game-high honors went to Owls junior Zach Glassmaker with a career-high 27 points.
"He was very aggressive," Varner said, pointing to Glassmaker's 16 field-goal attempts -- nearly twice his season average. "That's what we needed from Zach."
Senior Zach Bishop, who missed the first half of the season while recovering from a football injury, broke out with a double-double -- 10 points and 10 rebounds -- for Marshall (3-8, 2-3).
The Owls will be in action today against Lexington, beginning defense of the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament championship they claimed last year.
The Marshall girls used a 15-7 third quarter to take a seven-point lead into the final stanza, which they needed since they didn't make a shot from the field and missed six of seven free throws.
Seniors Jashawna Terry and Stephanie Markes each made a pair of buckets to help the Lady Owls overcome a one-point halftime deficit. The Lady Pirates struck only once from the field and were three of 11 from the stripe during the fourth quarter.
Senior Theresa Sheffer and sophomore Paige Utterback led Hannibal (5-8, 0-4) with six points apiece.
Markes paced Marshall (7-4, 3-2) with nine points and eight rebounds. The Lady Owls are the No. 2 seed in the Wellington tourney and begin pool play today against Kingsville.