Seasons under way at MHS
The basketball season has begun with a rough start for McLouth teams.
On the boys side, the Bulldogs lost to Wathena, 55-46, Thursday in a Delaware Valley League Tournament pig-tail game and then fell to Maranatha Academy, 75-62, on Friday in a non-conference game. Against WHS, the Bulldogs held a 30-25 lead at the half, but the Wildcats outscored MHS 15-8 in the third and fourth quarters for the win. Isaac Gardner scored a team-high 18 points in the loss.
Against Maranatha, Gardner had a game-high 29, but the Bulldogs couldn't stop Marantha's offense, which had its top two players score 27 and 22 points respectively. Travis Steffey also was in double figures, scoring 12 for MHS (0-2).
The MHS girls team opened the DVL tournament Friday with a pig-tail game as well. The Bulldogs played Oskaloosa, but the Bears walloped MHS, 48-19. The Bulldogs' highest output in one quarter was six in the third. Emily Nitzsche led the Bulldogs with seven. McLouth went to the line just seven times, making three. Oskaloosa, meanwhile, had 28 chances at the line and connected on 11.
In the Maranatha game, the teams combined for 53 free throw attempts. MHS was 12-for-22 and Maranatha 20-for-31, but the Bulldogs couldn't overcome a 27-6 first-quarter deficit. Maranatha prevailed, 87-38.
The McLouth girls photo will appear in a future edition of The Mirror.