Owls sweep Hannibal in NCMC opener

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Senior Raziyah Thomas (top) pinned all five opponents to win both the morning and afternoon championships of the Marshall Tournament.
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The Marshall girls’ basketball team may have been late to the party, but they’re wasting no time engaging in revelry — with victories in its first four games.

The Lady Owls began the NCMC campaign at home Friday with a 43-35 victory over Hannibal. They got off to a 19-7 start and never allowed the Lady Pirates (2-7, 0-4 NCMC) back into contention.

Senior Emma Schulte led the way for Marshall with 16 points.

Senior Skylar Walton led a slow-down 35-24 victory Monday at Warrensburg (3-6), a 13-6 fourth quarter closing out the contest. Senior Allie Schulte made seven of 10 free throws during the final frame and ended up with 10 points.

Marshall opened the California Tournament, a four-team round robin, with a 45-39 decision over the Rock Bridge junior varsity Tuesday. Walton and senior Kate Donnell each scored 12 points for the Lady Owls (4-0, 1-0), who face league rival Fulton on Wednesday.

The Marshall boys nipped Hannibal during Friday’s tilt, 48-46, putting on an 11-4 run at the end to pull out the win. Senior Treysn Roland made four three-pointers during the first three periods to send the Pirates into stretch with a five-point edge.

Roland junior Courtland Watson had 12 points apiece for Hannibal (3-6, 0-3 NCMC). Seniors Leyton Crawford and Caden Kraft each scored 10 points for the Owls (2-1, 1-0), who play Thursday at Columbia-Battle.

Boys’ Wrestling

The annual Marshall Wrestling Tournament adopted a first-time format of two separate sessions Saturday in order to keep down the number of contestants and their supporters in the gym at any given time as a pandemic precaution.

The Owls’ varsity competed in the six-team morning group, placing third (91.5 points) behind Hickman (176) and Richmond (153).

Junior Tytus Bellamy (120 pounds) and senior Owen Kiso (170) led Marshall with second-place finished. Bellamy won three of four matches and Kiso two of three for 26 points between them.

Six Owls claimed third-place medals: seniors Gavin Mills (113), Herson Renderos (132); juniors Gabriel Pineda (182) and Gerald Nomau (195); and freshmen Brody Marquess (126) and Caiden Reyes (138).

Junior Isaac Almazan (110) and senior Connor Kalthoff (275) came in fourth and junior Gabriel Reyes (152) and freshman Nick Arnold (160) placed fifth.

Marshall is scheduled for host a dual against Higginsville on Thursday.

Girls’ Wrestling

The Marshall girls competed twice in their own tournament Saturday, winning both the morning (57) and afternoon (63) championships.

The Lady Owls had three gold medalists in the early session: sophomore Michelle Jones (132) and seniors Raziyah Thomas (174) and Chelsea Guthrey (195). Thomas won three matches, all by fall. Second-place showings were turned in by sophomore Jaedyn Borja (107), junior Cynthia Martinez (117) and Kenya Maqueda (127), and freshman Alexis Jones (122).

Martinez, senior Lakeshia Thomas (151), her older sister Raziyah and Guthrey all won first place in the afternoon met. Borja, Maqueda and Michelle Jones finished second and Alexis Jones and sophomore Milandi Linares (107) placed third.

The Lady Owls will also entertain Higginsville on Thursday.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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