The Marceline Lady Tigers capped off their week at the oldest basketball tournament in Missouri with a Championship opportunity against the Palmyra Lady Panthers. The Marceline girls came up short against their Class Three opponents for the Monroe City Tournament Championship.
The game opened with the Lady Tigers not earning a field goal in the first quarter. Marceline had issues with Palmyra’s press, and turned the ball over a lot to start the game. A trio of free throws from Morgan McCormick were the lone local points scored in the opening frame. After one quarter, Marceline trailed Palmyra 14-3.
McCormick found Abbie Peiffer for the Lady Tigers first field goal of the game early in the second quarter. The Marceline girls finally broke the Palmyra press, and got the ball into the hoop for some offense. At the half, Marceline trailed 34-16.
McCormick and Sydnee Brooks each drained a hoop, with an assist coming from Molly Shoop on one basket, to start the third quarter with a Lady Tigers 4-0 run. Buckets from these players, as well as Elaine Ewigman, would close the gap to 48-33 after three quarters, with the Lady Tigers still trailing.
Marceline got the deficit as low as 12 points in the final frame, but had too much of a mountain to climb. The Lady Tigers may have ended the game with a 62-47 loss to Palmyra, but outside of one bad quarter, the team showed a lot of fire against the Class Three powerhouse.
“They could have laid down in this game, but they battled to the end,” said Head Coach Kent O’Laughlin. “We were down 18-3 at one point, and ended the game trailing by 15. We didn’t quit, and we knew we would ahve some growing pains early in the season. But, they are making headway.”