FULTON -- Heading into Monday's NCMC tilt at Fulton, head coach Tony Willis was concerned about the fatiguing effects of the Marshall girls' basketball team's grueling schedule over the last month.
It was the Lady Owls' 12th game over a four-week span -- none being on their home court -- and Willis had begun to notice leg weariness despite his squad's deep bench.
Some of that showed up again Monday, as senior Stephanie Hughes buried five three-pointers on her way to 22 points to lead the Lady Hornets to a 59-38 victory, Marshall's third straight loss in league play.
Fulton took command of a game which was tied after the first quarter with a 23-10 third period, and the Lady Owls were unable to slice into their double-digit deficit was the game wore on through the second half -- especially with Hughes knocking down three bombs during the final frame.
Hughes also had five assists and freshmen Sloane Totta and NaShayla Brandt each contributed 10 points for the Lady Hornets (7-10, 4-4 NCMC), who have a three-game win streak going.
Junior Karson Heying's eight points topped Marshall (12-8, 3-5), which got seven points each from sophomore Molly Evans and seniors Jashawna Terry and Stephanie Markes.
The Lady Owls have two more games this week, on the road at Boonville and Thursday and finally a home contest Saturday against Hannibal, before getting a relative breather with only three more outings during the final two weeks of the regular season.
JAMESTOWN -- Freshman Mackenzie Strother's seven points helped Jamestown get off to a 21-6 start Monday during its 57-21 CCAA victory over visiting Malta Bend.
Strother finished with 10 points and freshman Lexi Muri provided a team-high 11 points for the Lady Eagles (10-10, 1-1 CCAA).
Sophomore Kayla Kiehl's 14 points led all scorers for the Lady Tigers (0-19, 0-4), who host league foe Prairie Home today.
JAMESTOWN -- Junior Ethan Hunziker led Jamestown's balanced attack with 15 points Monday during a 70-21 CCAA home win over the Malta Bend boys.
The Eagles broke out to a 24-7 first-quarter lead, were 26-point ahead at the break and then opened the second half with a 26-7 run.
Junior Alden Rohrbach and sophomore Trevor Barbour each tallied 12 points for Jamestown (8-10, 2-0 CCAA).
The Tigers (1-20, 0-4) were led by senior Danny Kiehl's seven points.