McLouth boys squeak by Maranatha, girls take 7th at JCN
Another week, another nail-biter between McLouth and Maranatha Academy.
The Bulldog boys made a trip Thursday to Shawnee for a rematch of a McLouth Invitational quarterfinal game on Jan. 21. MHS won another one-point contest, hanging on for a 68-67 victory.
After clawing out an 88-87 win against the Eagles in overtime at the MIT, the Bulldogs (8-4) found themselves in another seesaw battle from the very beginning of Thursday's rematch. They went into the locker room trailing by a single point at halftime, 36-35, but forced a 53-53 tie at the end of the third quarter. They outscored MCA by a 15-14 margin in the final period to earn their seventh win in eight games.
Drew Cerny led MHS with 18 points, while Dylan Dover and Jack Courtney added 12 and 11, respectively. Maranatha's Endurance Crosby led al scorers with 26 points.
The Bulldogs will continue their three-game road trip Tuesday when they travel to Pleasant Ridge. MHS won a 69-41 decision in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 9.
MHS girls defeat Oskaloosa in 7th-place game
The McLouth High girls suffered back-to-back losses in their first two games a the Jefferson County North Invitational, but bounced back with a 55-48 win against rival Oskaloosa in Saturday's seventh-place game. The Bulldogs (3-9) have now defeated the Bears three times this season. Kayla Steffey, who returned from an ankle injury in the team's second tournament game, led all scorers with 18 points. Tonganoxie transfer Meghan Jackson added 17 in the win.
MHS opened tournament play Jan. 28 with a 56-36 loss to Cornerstone. Jackson and Angela Dailey scored 17 and 12 points, respectively. The Bulldogs returned to play Friday, suffering a 57-28 setback against Valley Falls in the consolation semifinals. No players reached double figures.
MHS will travel Tuesday to Pleasant Ridge. The boys and girls will play the same schedule for the remainder of the season.