Lance becomes Owls' all-time scoring leader

Friday, January 17, 2020
A three-pointer from the right corner with 4:15 left in the first quarter established senior Jace Lance as the Owls' career scoring leader. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

Records are meant to be broken, and senior guard Jace Lance intended to do just that ... from a very early age.

"I told my parents in second grade that I was going to be the all-time scoring leader at Marshall High School," Lance said following his achievement Thursday during the Owls' 70-53 non-conference home loss to Chillicothe. "A dream coming true is always a good thing."

Lance has put in the hard work, and those who contributed were there to watch him: Kansas City AAU coach Victor Williams, a former Oklahoma State all-Big 12 Conference guard; Jason Varner, coach for his first three years at MHS, and especially his father - Missouri Valley College head coach Chad Lance, from whose block he was chipped in both appearance and competitive fire.

"My dad is my best friend, he's my trainer, getting going in the morning with weight lifting, conditioning and getting my shots up," Lance said. "That's shown up on the court."

Even his paternal grandparents, who live in Illinois and had yet to see him play for the Owls, got to see Lance drain a three-pointer from the right corner with 4:15 left in the first quarter to break the career record of 1,631 points he shared with Justin Durham. The game stopped momentarily as Lance received an extra cheer from the crowd and congratulatory hugs from teammates and head coach Christian Phelps.

If not for snow wiping out last Friday's scheduled game at Hannibal, it would have happened exactly 17 years from the day Durham scored 16 points during a 65-49 home win over Pleasant Hill to top Joe Abney's 10-year-old mark of 1,319 points.

Despite Lance's 36 points, the Owls were unable to keep up with a solid Chillicothe squad. Trailing by 12 points with four minutes remaining in the first half, a late surge got Marshall to within seven at the break before the Hornets opened the third period with a 12-2 run and remained comfortably ahead the rest of the way.

Chillicothe got a double-double from senior C.J. Pfaff with 20 points and 10 rebounds and 22 points from senior Wes Brandsgaard, a State Fair Community College baseball recruit who is the nephew of his school's career scoring leader -- center Justin Bland (2,269 points), who twice helped the Hornets defeat Marshall in the sectional playoffs (1997-98) at St. Joseph before going on to a fine college football career at Missouri.

The Owls (2-7) had their Friday home game against Kirksville postponed to Feb. 3 due to weather, so will next play Tuesday at Boonville. That's when Lance begins the quest for his next milestone.

"My next objective's 2,000 points," Lance said, which he can reach on his present scoring pace. "But it shouldn't be about points, it's about wins."

Girls' Basketball

CALIFORNIA -- Still short-handed, the second-seeded Marshall girls' basketball team didn't have the firepower to defeat the third-seeded host team in Wednesday's semifinal round of the 26th California Tournament, losing 64-42.

The Lady Owls fell behind early in a bruising battle, then saw the Lady Pintos pull away with a 21-10 second-period run to trail by 16 points at halftime. The teams shot 56 free throws between them.

Junior Tristan Porter had a game-high 18 points for California (10-3), which will play No. 1 seed Southern Boone for the championship Saturday -- if weather permits.

Marshall got 14 points from sophomore Leah Weaver. The Lady Owls (7-3) are due to meet Mexico in the third-place contest.

Boys' Wrestling

CENTRALIA -- After seeing its annual tournament cancelled by snow Saturday, the Marshall boys' wrestling team was eager to get back on the mat for a triangular meet Tuesday at Centralia.

Unfortunately, the Owls ran up against a powerhouse in the host team, Centralia remaining undefeated with a 78-0 shutout. The Panthers (8-0) won 10 of the 13 bouts by fall.

Marshall has been competitive against lesser foes, though, and rebounded with a 45-32 decision over North Callaway (5-8). The Owls got 30 points by way of default, with junior Gavin Mills (120 pounds) and freshman Isaac Jackson (132) winning by fall and sophomore Dustin Bellamy (126) recording an 8-2 decision.

Marshall (8-8) has a long break in the schedule before competing Jan. 24 in the Hickman Tournament.

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