Last night, the teams hosted Salisbury. The Lady Tigers would win their game, while the Tigers would fall short in the nightcap.
The teams played evenly early on, feeling each other out like a pair of prize fighters. An early blow was landed against the Marceline girls, however, when Gauthier went down under the basket with an apparent knee injury.
While the initial prognosis was scary, hopes are high that Gauthier will be good to go before District’s, if not sooner. The team stepped up in this game, with many Lady Tigers playing marathon basketball in this contest.
Shortly after Gauthier left the game, Gladbach drained a three-pointer to put Marceline on top. Late in the opening frame, Brooks would find Gladbach for easy hoops to help put Marceline up 12-6 after one quarter.
Morgan would find Madison in response to a Salisbury hoop at the 1:25 mark to start the Lady Tigers scoring in the second frame. Marceline would build their lead through the majority of this frame. A putback by Kelsey Gardner at the 5:36 mark would give Marceline their biggest lead of the game at 15 points. Salisbury would rally after this, but the Lady Tigers still led 27-18 at the half.
In the boys game to close out the night, Marceline would fall behind by four points in the first three minutes. But a 4-0 run would tie the game with a hoop by McGlothlin at the 3:40 mark. After one quarter, the Tigers would trail 16-11.
In the second frame, Marceline would close close to within a point with a Linebaugh hoop at the 3:09 mark. Salisbury would rebuild their lead from here, and the Tigers trailed 30-23 at the half.