Lady Owls beaten down the stretch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Senior Molly Evans attacks the bucket to give the Lady Owls a 7-6 first-quarter lead. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

The Marshall girls' basketball team was unable to hold on to a seven-point fourth-quarter lead Tuesday during a 41-38 non-conference home loss to Odessa.

The Lady Owls have dropped four straight games, the last three by seven points or less.

There were three lead changes in the first half after Marshall opened with a three-pointer by freshman Lyssa Agcalon and senior Brianna Bellamy's high-post jumper. A bomb from junior Melissa Williams with 1:15 left in the half sent the Lady Bulldogs into the break with a four-point advantage.

Senior Molly Evans got the final period off to a good start for the Lady Owls with a trey, steal and breakaway bucket for a 35-28 cushion with 5:45 remaining. However, Odessa reeled off the next eight points, three times by beating the defense down the floor after turnovers.

Marshall tied the game when senior Makala Colbert converted a conventional three-point play with 43 seconds to go, but senior Erica Feith scored from the paint for the Lady 'Dogs 14 seconds later.

The Lady Owls got one shot off in the closing 29 seconds, but turned it over following an offensive rebound as sophomore Morgan Williams came up with a steal with two seconds left.

Junior Kylin Grubb led Odessa (9-3) in scoring with nine points.

Evans had 13 points and Agcalon 11 for Marshall (3-9), which plays Thursday at Chillicothe.

Sweet Springs 52, Otterville 21

OTTERVILLE -- Sweet Springs was short a player, but it didn't make much difference Tuesday during a 52-21 non-conference win at Otterville.

Junior Kortnee Vaught tallied 12 of her 17 points in the first half as the Lady Greyhounds built a 17-point lead.

The Lady Eagles (3-15) got 14 points from freshman Dalanney Stone.

Senior Nicole Bright came up with 13 points for Sweet Springs (8-7), which hosts Glasgow on Thursday.

Salisbury 50, Slater 31

SLATER -- Salisbury added to a nine-point halftime lead with a 15-8 third quarter Tuesday for a 50-31 Lewis and Clark Conference victory at Slater.

Three starters scored in double figures for the Lady Panthers (7-7, 4-1 L&C), led by senior Sarah Wilhite's 14 points.

Junior Breanna Wright had 12 points for the Lady Wildcats (8-8, 3-4), who host Pilot Grove on Thursday.

Bunceton 53, Malta Bend 38

MALTA BEND -- Bunceton added to a three-point halftime lead with 24 points during the third period Tuesday to register a 53-38 win at Malta Bend.

Junior Deanna Emde scored eight of her team-high 14 points during the decisive third frame for the Lady Dragons (4-10).

Freshman Lynzi Miller led all scorers with 19 points for the Lady Tigers (4-8), who play at Calvary Lutheran on Friday.

Boys

Smith-Cotton 64, Marshall 49

SEDALIA -- Senior Jacob Bergman took over in the fourth quarter as Smith-Cotton beat the visiting Marshall boys, 64-49.

The Owls only trailed by two points heading into the final frame, but Bergman -- a 6-foot-6 forward -- tallied 11 of his game-high 22 points down the stretch. The Tigers out-scored Marshall, 21-8, during the period.

Junior Dante Scroggins, a 6-4 forward, added 15 points for the Tigers (8-4) -- now coached by former Rock Bridge standout and Mexico court boss Brennan Scanlon.

The Owls were topped by junior Zach Maupin's 15 points, with senior Connor Cooley contributing 11 points. Marshall (4-8) will host NCMC rival Hannibal on Friday.

Otterville 58, Sweet Springs 56

OTTERVILLE -- Otterville made its only three-pointer of the game at the buzzer Tuesday to shoot down visiting Sweet Springs, 58-56.

The Eagles led by 13 points at halftime, but senior Andrew Krause led a Greyhound charge back with 14 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth -- including a conventional three-point play for a one-point advantage with 15 seconds left.

Sophomore Jake Neal scored 24 points for Otterville (5-13).

Krause finished with a career-high 37 points for the 'Hounds (5-10).

Salisbury 64, Slater 18

SLATER -- Undefeated Salisbury blanked winless Slater 22-0 during the first period Tuesday en route to a 64-18 Lewis and Clark Conference road win.

The fifth-ranked Panthers (16-0, 5-0 L&C) were paced by senior Brady Francis' 17 points.

Senior Cole Skinner was high for the Wildcats (0-15, 0-7) with five points.

Malta Bend 64, Bunceton 28

MALTA BEND -- Sophomore Lucas Eberting exploded for 28 points Tuesday during Malta Bend's 64-28 rout of visiting Bunceton (0-16).

Eberting scored 18 points and senior Tyler Jenkins accounted for all 17 of his points as the Tigers (3-9) rolled to a 46-12 halftime lead.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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