Despite a rocking third quarter in which the Marceline Tiger girls got up and down the court to post 28 points, they fell at home on Thursday night to Monroe City, 81-54.

Once again, a slow start prevented the Tigers from having any real chance to claw their way back into the game. Marceline trailed 26-6 by the end of the first quarter.

Marceline coach Jordan Beck said that Thursday night's game, save for a slow start, was a vast improvement from the caliber at which her team played in Tuesday's home loss.

"We have to score points in the first quarter to get started on good teams like that," Beck said. "We battled back in the second half. Monroe City's a good team, but we worked hard to the end. We've got to get our rebounds on the defensive end, and we can't give them any second-chance opportunities.

"I told the girls after the game that that second half is the kind of effort we need, day-in day-out."

The 28 point explosion in the third was keyed by junior Maycee Edgar, who had 16 of her 23 points in that period alone. Baylee Jobson was also a big part in the penultimate quarter, posting six of her 10.

Three Panthers were in double-figures in scoring, and Jada Summers tied Edgar's 23-point game high.

Monroe City coach Cody Leonard said that his team's first quarter was one of the better eight-minute periods his girls have played this year.

"That's what we try to do, we try to make it an uptempo game," Leonard said. "I thought we did a good job with that. In the third quarter, we missed some defensive assignments, but we righted the ship in the fourth."

Leonard's team remains undefeated at 7-0, while the Tigers fall to 2-4 with the loss.