Lady Owls bounce back with NCMC win
The shorthanded Marshall girls' basketball team looked to its reserves for a lift, and got one from freshman Lexie Blumhorst.
During Saturday's NCMC Courtwarming meeting with Hannibal, Blumhorst took many of the minutes usually logged by junior guard Lyssa Agcalon -- injured during Thursday's narrow loss at fourth-ranked Boonville -- and made the most of them. She scored eight of the Lady Owls' first 13 points, and 12 overall, during a 57-21 victory.
Marshall went into halftime with a six-point lead and came out on fire, sophomore Kassidy Heying scoring eight points during a 26-6 third-quarter blitz. Heying and seniors Elizabeth Pomerenke and Morgan McGowan hit three-pointers on successive possessions to push the margin to 44-23 with two minutes remaining in the period.
None of the Lady Pirates (6-13, 1-7 NCMC) scored in double figures, freshman Mackenzie Coleman leading them with nine points.
Heying finished with 15 points and junior Taylor Crawford contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and three of the team's eight blocked shots for the Lady Owls (17-4, 8-2).
While the Marshall girls' team played their usual sticky defense, the boys' team was a sieve during losses on back-to-back games against Pirates -- giving up 128 points during a 48-minute span.
Senior Riley Lang added to Boonville's career scoring total with 46 points during the Owls' 87-71 road loss Friday. The Pirates (15-8, 7-3) steadily built their lead to take an 18-point cushion into the final frame.
Freshman Jace Lance tallied 27 points for the Owls, with sophomore Jaylen Varner adding 16.
Marshall trailed Hannibal by 17 points at halftime Saturday, but rallied during the fourth quarter -- pulling to within 10 points with over two minutes remaining after Varner connected twice outside. However, the Pirates clamped down and held on.
Sophomore Dezi Jones scored 20 of his game-best 33 points in the first half for Hannibal (7-13, 3-6).
The Owls (3-17, 1-8) got 14 points from junior Kreighton Tyler and 12 from Lance.
After getting a few days rest, Marshall hits the court Friday for a non-conference twinbill at Chillicothe.
CONCORDIA -- Sophomore Noah Blomberg has to wait for his playing time on a deep Santa Fe boys' basketball team, but he made it count Friday.
Blomberg knocked down a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, which the Chiefs controlled by a 14-8 margin for a 74-68 I-70 Conference win at Concordia.
The Orioles took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter, but were out-scored 20-8 down the stretch -- aiding their own demise by missing all five free throws, including a pair with two seconds left. They were 10 of 26 from the stripe for the game, six of 14 in OT.
Sophomore Cameron Kelly led Concordia (6-16, 0-5 I-70) with 20 points.
Santa Fe (14-7, 4-2) got 22 points from senior Dobber Burton and 20 from senior Holden Bargfrede.
There was no such drama in the girls' game, the eighth-ranked Lady Chiefs getting off to a 19-9 start and taking a 15-point lead into halftime of a 58-44 win over Concordia.
The Lady Orioles (10-11, 3-2) were topped by 12 points from senior Laura Edwards and junior Samantha Brackman.
Junior Cara Hinz, who knocked down five three-pointers, and sophomore Josey Burton each had 15 points for Santa Fe (20-1, 6-0) -- which clinched a share of its third straight league title.
The Chiefs are on the road Monday for non-conference contests at Smithton.
CONCORDIA -- A green St. Paul girls' team got its first I-70 Conference win of the season Friday with a fourth-quarter comeback, beating Sweet Springs, 45-43.
The game was close throughout, but sophomore Karson Troth -- daughter of Missouri Valley College head football coach Paul Troth -- made a pair of buckets and freshman Joanna Peuster hit a three-pointer down the stretch for the Lady Saints (4-18, 1-6 I-70).
Senior Mariah Harper had 12 points for the Lady Greyhounds (10-13, 1-4).
The boys' contest wasn't one after St. Paul broke an 11-all tie with a 22-10 second quarter en route to a 61-41 victory over Sweet Springs.
Sophomore Elijah Mueller had a big day for the Saints (15-8, 6-1) with 27 points.
The 'Hounds (14-9, 3-2) were topped by senior Lucas Eberting's 17 points.
Sweet Springs plays Tuesday at Crest Ridge.
SLATER -- The Slater boys beat CAC rival Madison for the second time in a week Friday, only didn't need overtime to take a 71-67 home decision.
What the Wildcats did need were free throws, which they made in abundance: an 18-6 advantage for the game, including converting 12 of 21 attempts during the fourth quarter. Junior Keshawn White was seven of 11 from the stripe during the period, scoring 11 of his 19 points.
Senior Alex Gilder and sophomore Jimmy Layton combined for 51 points to pace Madison (7-14, 4-6 CAC).
Junior Cole England had a game-high 27 points for Slater (7-16, 3-8), which buried nine bombs.
Earlier in the evening, the Lady 'Cats (4-19, 0-11) fell to Madison (13-9, 7-3), 66-45.
The Purple heads to Pilot Grove on Tuesday.
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