Marshall drops NCMC road game

Monday, February 17, 2014
Junior Nicole Bright's jumper helped the Lady 'Hounds cut a 16-point third-quarter deficit in half against St. Paul. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

HANNIBAL -- Two days after beating the NCMC's top club, the Marshall girls' basketball team fell to the one occupying the league's cellar during a 44-37 loss Saturday at Hannibal.

"It's tough getting on the bus and driving all that way at 7:30 in the morning," head coach Tony Willis said about the Lady Owls' sluggish performance, which included falling into a 13-6 hole in the first quarter.

Marshall managed to pull to within three points by halftime, but the Lady Pirates got a pair of three-pointers from sophomore Sydney Bennett during a 14-7 third quarter. Sophomore Lauren Holliday scored five of her seven points during the final frame to keep Hannibal in front.

Bennett wound up with a game-high 18 points for the Lady Pirates (2-14, 2-8 NCMC).

The Lady Owls (7-11, 3-5), who got 11 points from senior Karson Heying, are at home today against Moberly.

St. Paul 53, Sweet Springs 46

SWEET SPRINGS -- St. Paul got off a quick start and kept Sweet Springs at arm's length Friday during a 53-46 I-70 Conference road win.

Junior Tiffany Bennett's three-pointer late in the first quarter gave the Lady Saints a 17-8 lead. However, the Lady Greyhounds held firm after that until St. Paul reeled off eight straight points over the first two minutes of the second half to widen the margin to 40-27.

Sweet Springs didn't allow another field goal the rest of the third period and rallied after senior Kati Viets nailed the team's first three-point attempt of the game. The Lady 'Hounds pulled to within eight points before junior Madison Pitsch ended a five-minute drought with two free throws.

The Lady Saints maintained a margin of at least eight points until the final minute, junior Nicole Bright's jumper closing the gap to five points with 43 seconds left, but that was it for Sweet Springs.

Bennett had 16 points and junior Rebecca Roepe, who missed large chunks of the game with foul trouble, added 15 points for St. Paul (15-6, 6-1 I-70).

Junior Nicole Bright led the Lady 'Hounds (12-7, 1-4) with 15 points.

Concordia 48, Sweet Springs 38

CONCORDIA -- Sweet Springs' offensive struggles continued Saturday during a 48-38 I-70 Conference loss at Concordia.

Although the Lady Greyhounds opened with a 15-14 lead, they managed only 15 points during the next two frames to trail by 10 points going into the fourth quarter. Sophomore Cailey Cooper scored eight of her 16 points down the stretch to keep the Lady Orioles in front.

Sophomore Ellison Brunkhorst also had 16 points for Concordia (10-11, 2-4 I-70).

Sweet Springs got 10 points and nine rebounds from senior Christina Higgins. The Lady 'Hounds (12-8, 1-5) host Crest Ridge on Tuesday.

Slater 36, Westran 33

HUNTSVILLE -- Seniors Mary Anne Boston and Mary Rose Gonzalez both had double-doubles Friday to keep Slater atop the Lewis and Clark Conference standings with a 36-33 decision at Westran.

The Lady Wildcats took a narrow one-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Boston scored seven of her 15 points -- to go along with 13 rebounds -- during the frame.

Senior Haylie Hombs and sophomore Camryn Hunt each knocked down a pair of three-pointers for the Lady Hornets (4-15, 2-4 L&C).

Gonzalez contributed 14 points and 10 boards for Slater (15-6, 7-1), which hosts Salisbury on Tuesday.

Calvary Lutheran 51, Malta Bend 33

MALTA BEND -- Calvary Lutheran of Jefferson City used a 16-6 fourth quarter comeback bid by Malta Bend to take a 51-33 non-conference road victory.

With freshman Becca Thompson scoring 13 of her game-high 17 points, the Lady Lions led by 14 points at halftime. The Lady Tigers got two third-period goals each from junior Kayla Kiser and sophomore Abby Gass to slice the deficit to eight points.

Senior Kara Wehmeyer produced 16 points for Calvary Lutheran (10-9).

Kiehl and Gass combined for 21 points for Malta Bend (0-17).

Higbee 35, Malta Bend 14

HIGBEE -- With only five players to start the game, Malta Bend couldn't make it to halftime after a pair of injuries Saturday to lose the CCAA Tournament consolation contest to host Higbee, 35-14.

Higbee (6-13), which led 21-2 after the first quarter, was paced by freshman Rhiannon Runyan's 15 points.

Gass and freshman Kendall Surber each scored four points for the Lady Tigers (0-18), who were scheduled to play at Calhoun today.

Boys

St. Paul 74, Sweet Springs 55

SWEET SPRINGS -- Senior Gerhard von zur Muehlen scored a stealthy 21 points Friday as St. Paul wrapped up a perfect I-70 Conference season by winning the boys' title with a 74-55 romp at Sweet Springs.

The Saints came out firing, junior Eric Allen drilling four three-pointers to open up a 20-3 lead which began with a 10-0 run to open the game. The 'Hounds got back to within six points early in the second period before St. Paul reeled off another 10 points in a row over a two-minute span.

Two jumpers during the final minute of the half by senior Jeffery Hall again reduced Sweet Springs' deficit to six points at the break, but the Saints took command for good with an 18-7 third quarter.

Allen finished with 20 points for St. Paul (18-2, 7-0 I-70).

Hall and senior Jacob Schowengerdt each had 18 points and six rebounds for the 'Hounds (14-6, 3-2).

Sweet Springs 85, Concordia 70

CONCORDIA -- Schowengerdt went on a 44-point tear Saturday as Sweet Springs rebounded from its Courtwarming loss with an 85-70 league win at Concordia.

The Greyhounds gave up 32 second-quarter points to trail by seven at the break, but Schowengerdt hit seven shots during a 27-13 third period and added 14 more points in the final frame.

Senior Cass Heimsoth had 18 points for the Orioles (10-13, 3-3 I-70).

Hall provided 14 points and junior Andrew Krause 11 for Sweet Springs (15-5, 4-2).

Concordia 61, Santa Fe 42

ALMA -- Heimsoth certainly had his stroke going Friday during Concordia's 61-42 I-70 Conference victory at Santa Fe.

He pumped in 11 first-quarter points as the Orioles took a 13-8 lead and closed the game with 10 points down the stretch to push his total to 31. Junior Trent McGinnis and sophomore Jordan Schlueter split 23 points for Concordia (10-12, 3-2 I-70).

The Chiefs (3-16, 1-4) got 12 points from junior Ty Bell. They're scheduled to play at Orrick today.

Calvary Lutheran 62, Malta Bend 29

MALTA BEND -- Senior Trevor Dusheke fired 27 points at Malta Bend on Friday to give Calvary Lutheran a 62-29 non-conference road win.

Sophomore Cole Duenckel hit four first-quarter shots, eventually scoring 11 points, to put the Lions (8-11) on top, 18-2.

Freshman Lucas Eberting rang up 19 points for the Tigers (0-17), who were forced to forfeit Saturday's fifth-place game against Bunceton due to a lack of players.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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