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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Three Local Teams Sweep Opening Games at Tiger Hoops

  • The Marceline Tiger Hoops Classic is finally underway after being pushed back a day due to cold, snow and ice. The Bucklin/Macon County girls, as well as the Marceline boys and girls all opened the event with wins last night to keep on the winning side of the bracket.
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  • The Marceline Tiger Hoops Classic is finally underway after being pushed back a day due to cold, snow and ice.  The Bucklin/Macon County girls, as well as the Marceline boys and girls all opened the event with wins last night to keep on the winning side of the bracket.
    In the first game, the Bucklin/Macon County Lady Raiders took on Higbee.  The Lady Raiders fell behind early, after trading baskets, with scores for BMC coming from Kelsey Almond and Bailey Ratliff.  An early 5-0 Higbee run was stopped off of a putback from Savannah Jochem.  Jochem would also score later to end a second run of Higbee’s, this time reaching 9-0.  After one quarter, BMC trailed 18-10.
    Higbee would open the second frame with a basket to make the deficit 10 points for the Lady Raiders.  But the BMC girls shook off the rust from the Holiday Break, and mounted a 10-0 run to tie the game.  Points came on this run from:  Rachel Akins, Ratliff, and Megan Liebhart.  Higbee would retake the lead, and the teams would draw fairly even through the midpoint of the game.  At halftime, BMC trailed 30-28.
    The BMC girls would regain the lead for the first time since the opening score with a 6-0 run to start the second half.  Scores came on this run from:  Akins and Jochem.  BMC would finally take control of the game from here, allowing Higbee to tie the game one last time, and then pulling away.  After three quarters were in the books, the Lady Raiders led 44-37.
    In the final frame, the BMC girls would continue to keep their opponents at bay.  With nearly every player seeing time on the floor, the Lady Raiders would go on to down Higbee 60-51 and will advance to play Thursday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.
    In the second local game, third of the night, the Marceline Lady Tigers defended their second seed with a thrashing of the Milan Lady Wildcats.  Marceline started the game with a 10-0 run, with scores from Sydnee Brooks, Molly Shoop and Morgan McCormick.  Fouls would prove to be trouble for the Marceline girls, as they would all game long.  After one quarter, Marceline led 18-7.
    The teams would exchange points to start the second quarter, with Shoop and McCormick coming through for the Lady Tigers.  Marceline would show some real aggression in the game, slashing to the lane often from the guard position.  At the half, the Lady Tigers led 42-19.
    A 9-0 run early in the third quarter, with points coming from Shoop, Sydnee and McCormick would keep the contest out of reach.  After three quarters were done, the Marceline girls were in firm control, leading 56-22.
    Page 2 of 2 - The final frame went by fast, with the mercy clock in full effect.  Marceline advanced to the second round, and will face Bucklin/Macon County in a battle of two Linn County teams on Thursday at 7 p.m. in semifinal action.  The Lady Tigers won the opening round game over Milan 68-25.
    The final game of the night was also the final local game of the evening.  The Marceline Tigers looked to head to the semifinals themselves with a battle against Milan.  The Tigers fell behind early, with Milan opening the game on a 7-0 run.  But the Tigers would bounce back, and would go on a long run of their own.  In the first frame, points came from Daniel Haas, Frankie Herring and Makenzie Fessler.  Marceline would end the opening frame on a 12-0 run, leading 12-7 at the end of one.
    The Tigers run would grow to 16, with points from Fessler and Herring in the second quarter’s opening minutes.  This long run would prove to be too much for Milan to handle.  At the end of the second quarter, Marceline led 23-15.
    Dan Corbin would re-enter the game in the third quarter after sitting a good chunk of the first half with a pair of fouls over his head.  Corbin would score nearly all of the Tigers offense in the third quarter, putting in 10 points.  After three quarters were said and done, Marceline led 36-22.
    Corbin and Blake Linebaugh would score to open the final frame on a 4-0 run.  While the mercy clock was never turned on, the Tigers handled a very athletic Milan team to win their opening game of their own tournament by a final score of 46-29.

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