Lady Owls beaten in OT thriller
SLATER -- The Marshall girls' basketball team had a chance slip away to send shock waves through the 33rd annual Wildcat Classic at Slater.
The seventh-seeded Lady Owls held a four-point lead in the final minute of Tuesday's first-round contest against No. 2 Higginsville, but wound up on the short end of a 53-50 overtime decision. Marshall led for most of the game, but occasional lapses were costly.
For example, the Lady Owls had a two-point lead late in the first half, but gave up a stick-back to senior Emma Dyer and turned the ball over to senior Sam Davis for lay-up in the final 10 seconds to trail by a deuce at the break.
Junior Molly Evans drained a three-pointer and twice penetrated and senior Karson Heying scored six points to give Marshall a 33-27 lead with two minutes remaining in the third period before the Lady Huskers ran off five straight points to close the margin to one.
Evans drove to the hole off a screen by junior Makala Colbert for a three-point play to make it 41-37 with 45 seconds to go in regulation. Davis answered with a bomb and, after the Lady Owls missed two free throws, tied the game from the charity stripe.
Heying had an open look at a 17-footer at the horn, but couldn't get it to drop.
Higginsville led by five points until senior Payton Beeler's bucket-and-one with 44 seconds left. The Lady Huskers hit two freebies out of four chances and Evans got Marshall to within a point with a trey at the six-second mark. However, the Lady Owls were unable to stop the clock until three-tenths of a second remained and junior Kelsey Stuenkel sank two free throws.
Davis scored 18 points and Dyer had 16 for the Lady Huskers (14-3).
Defending champion Marshall (5-9) was paced by Beeler's 15 points and 13 from Evans.
Pilot Grove 64, Santa Fe 61
Junior Melissa Schlotzhauer's three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left gave sixth-seeded Pilot Grove a 64-61 first-round upset over No. 3 Santa Fe.
The Lady Tigers used a 12-0 run during the middle of the first half to take a seven-point lead, but the margin was only two points by intermission. It went back up to seven due to four straight turnovers by the Lady Chiefs, but they chipped away at the deficit and went ahead on freshman Kylee Kuecker's goal inside with 3:52 left in the game.
Junior Lexi Smith struck from outside for a 57-53 Santa Fe lead. Pilot Grove tied it on sophomore Allison Weekley's three and went back in front on a pair of Schlotzhauer freebies. Sophomore Kylie Limback's short jumper evened the contest with 17 seconds left before Schlotzhauer hit the winning shot.
Junior Kerigan Wessing led all scorers with 21 points for the Lady Tigers (11-5).
The Lady Chiefs (10-7) got 18 points from Limback and 16 from Smith.
Marshall 76, Slater 59
The third-seeded Marshall boys scored the game's first 10 points and cruised to a 76-59 first-round victory over No. 6 Slater.
While the Wildcats missed nine of their first 10 shots from the field, the Owls opened up a 23-3 lead. Junior Connor Cooley's third bomb of the first period extended the margin to 32-8.
Marshall were up by 29 points midway through the second frame until a sloppiness which would last the rest of the night set in. The Wildcats trailed by 30 points twice before a late-game run produced the deceiving final score.
Senior Caleb Pemberton's 24 points paced Slater (8-8).
The Owls (6-8) were balanced offensively, with all five starters logging at least nine points - led by junior Logan Harris' 16 and 14 each from senior Zach Glassmaker and junior Jared Armstrong.
Higginsville 86, Santa Fe 41
Junior Alex Nolte scored 20 points as No. 2 seed Higginsville began its title defense with an 86-41 romp over seventh-seeded Santa Fe.
The Huskers led 25-8 after one period and stretched the margin to 43-14. Sophomore Ben Hinz provided the Chiefs with their lone highlight by drilling a runner from mid-court at the third-quarter buzzer.
Higginsville (14-1), which also got 13 points from senior Brett Nolte, commanded the second half, 43-24.
Hinz logged 11 points for Santa Fe (2-13), with senior Keaton Graf and junior Truman Sleeper adding 10 apiece.
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