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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Lady Tigers Win Tiger Classic; BMC Sweeps Third Place Games

  • The 2013 Tiger Hoops Classic is in the books, and all four local teams involved finished in the top four places. The Marceline Lady Tigers won the girls title, while the Bucklin/Macon County teams both took third.
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  • The 2013 Tiger Hoops Classic is in the books, and all four local teams involved finished in the top four places. The Marceline Lady Tigers won the girls title, while the Bucklin/Macon County teams both took third.  
    Saturday was the day for basketball fans, as games went all day at Tiger Fieldhouse. In thie first local game, the BMC Lady Raiders took on Keytesville for third place. Bucklin/Macon County started the game with a 6-0 run. A second 4-0 run would extend their lead. Points on these runs came from: Savannah Jochem, Kelsey Almond, and Bailey Ratliff. But, Keytesville battled back, and the game was tied 15-15 after one quarter.  
    Both teams were cold to start the second frame, and exchanged buckets when the scoring started. BMC would trail for the first time all game, but a three-pointer from Ratliff would tie the game once again. Late points from Almond and Ratliff would leave the Lady Raiders with a 24-21 halftime lead.  
    Keytesville opened the third frame on a 4-0 run ending with a bucket from Jochem. Keytesville would retake the lead in the frame, but an 8-0 run by BMC would end the quarter. Points on the run came from: Jochem, Jacey Pate, band Megan Liebhart. After three quarters, the Lady Raiders led 38-32.  
    Keytesville started the last quarter on a 4-0 run, ending with a three-point basket from Ratliff. Despite some tough pressure, the Bucklin/Macon County Lady Raiders brought home third place with a 52-44 win. 
    The second game of local importance came next, as the Bucklin/Macon County Raiders hosted the Marceline Tigers for the third place trophy on the boys side.
    BMC started the game strong, with a 4-0 run with baskets from Dillan Nolte and Damon Porter.  The run stopped with a basket from Blake Linebaugh.  A second run, this time of 5-0 and all from Nolte, would end with a basket from Dan Corbin.  Early foul trouble for the Tigers would allow the Raiders to take a more aggressive stance early on offense.  After one quarter, Bucklin/Macon County led Marceline 14-6.
    Daniel Haas and Damon Porter exchanged hoops to start the second frame for their respective teams.  The teams would go back and forth in the opening minutes of the quarter, with points coming from Nolte and Porter for BMC and Fessler for Marceline.  BMC would grow their lead to double-digits with a mid-quarter run.  A late bucket from Corbin would reduce Marceline’s deficit to single digits.  At the half, the Raiders led the Tigers 24-16.
    Nolte and Haas again got the scoring going in the third quarter.  An 8-0 run from the Raiders would follow this, with points coming from Dane Robertson, Dylan Epperson and Nolte.  But, Marceline responded with a 4-0 run, with points coming from Corbin and Frankie Herring.  Marceline would shrink the deficit to single digits again, but BMC re-extended their lead to end the frame.  After three quarters, Bucklin/Macon County was on top of Marceline 41-30.
    Page 2 of 2 - The final frame came down to the execution of free throws.  The Tigers rallied themselves, coming back to close the game to three points near the midpoint of the frame.  But the Raiders worked their lead back.  Marceline had chances to win the game, but did not convert on free throws when the chips were down.  However, BMC sealed the deal with some charity stripe work of their own.  Bucklin/Macon County downed Marceline 47-42 to take third at the Tiger Hoops Classic.
    In the final game of local importance, the Marceline Lady Tigers took on the Glasgow Lady Jackets in a battle of the one and two seeds.  The game started off fairly evenly, with Glasgow taking the lead due to their shots coming from three point land.  Early points came from Morgan McCormick and Sydnee Brooks.  An 8-0 run by Glasgow would extend their lead, and would end off of a bucket from Elaine Ewigman.  After one quarter, the Lady Tigers trailed 15-9.
    The teams went back-and-forth to start the second frame, with McCormick and Abbie Peiffer scoring for Marceline.  A 6-0 run in the frame by Glasgow would deepen the divide, and ended off of a hoop from McCormick.  At the half, Marceline trailed 27-17.
    The second half would prove to be a different story than the first, as Marceline would rally to make a comeback for the ages.  A 6-0 run by the Lady Tigers would respond to an opening hoop from Glasgow.  Points on this run came from Natalie Allen, Molly Shoop and Sydnee Brooks.  After three quarters, Marceline had closed the gap to 33-26.
    Marceline opened the final frame with another 6-0 run, with points coming from Ewigman, Shoop and McCormick.  This brought the team within three points, where they would stay for most of the fourth quarter.  Late in the game, McCormick would take the team on her back, and connect with key shots and free throws.  With less than 10 seconds left in the game, Marceline had closed the gap to two points by taking advantage of missed free throws by Glasgow.  McCormick got a pass from a double covered Shoop, and threw up the prayer from college-level three-point land.  The shot sailed to the hoop, off the backboard, and swished through the net.  Tiger Fieldhouse went wild as the Marceline Lady Tigers pulled out a 42-41 win.

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