Marshall boys, girls close with NCMC split
The Marshall basketball teams completed the regular season schedule with a pair of NCMC splits on back-to-back days.
The boys' team lost Wednesday at Kirksville and closed with a home victory Thursday over Moberly, while the Lady Owls did just the opposite.
Sophomore Jace Lance's 14 points helped send Marshall into halftime with a two-point lead, but the Tigers went on a 31-13 tear during the third quarter to pull ahead en route to a 72-59 win. Kirksville got all of its fourth-quarter points from the charity stripe, converting 11 of 15 attempts.
Four players scored in double figures for the Tigers (9-16, 4-8 NCMC), led by junior Austin Penick's 20 points.
Lance finished with a game-high 25 points for the Owls, who also got 10 points off the bench from senior Kreighton Tyler.
Tyler got to start during Senior Night, and responded with a career-high 24 points during Marshall's 76-60 win over the Spartans.
Tyler tallied 11 points during the first half and pumped in nine more points during a 22-8 third period that sent the Owls into the final frame with a comfortable 19-point lead.
Junior Braeden Wetrich led all scorers with 24 points for Moberly (7-16, 1-11).
Senior Gage Lewis also had a big game in his last home appearance for Marshall (10-13, 7-5), scoring 17 points. The Owls and Moberly will turn around and play each other again Saturday in the first round of the Class 4, District 13 Tournament at Oak Grove.
The Marshall girls didn't have their best shooting night at Kirksville, making only 29.3 percent of their field-goal tries, but played suffocating defense for a 47-29 victory.
The Lady Owls came up with 16 steals, six by junior Keyanna Terrill, and held an opponent to 16 points below their averages. No player scored in double figures for the Lady Tigers (4-20, 2-11).
Senior Taylor Crawford had 14 points and senior Lyssa Agcalon added 12 for Marshall.
The Lady Owls couldn't get away with cold shooting again the next night against Moberly, which captured second place in the league standings with a 51-43 decision.
The Lady Spartans led by 15 points at the break, but saw their lead slip to six before converting 11 of 15 free throws during the fourth quarter to nail down the win. The teams shot a combined 70 freebies in a closely-called contest.
Sophomore Mary Billington had 19 points and junior Sydney Flood 18 for Moberly (16-6, 9-2).
Marshall (15-8, 6-6), which shot 22.5 percent from the field, got 13 points each from Agcalon and junior Kassidy Heying. The Lady Owls open district play Saturday against host Oak Grove.
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