Two nights after falling in a massively lopsided game to South Shelby, the seventh-seeded Meadville girls were dropped again on Friday night in the Marceline Hoops Tournament. Milan defeated the Eagles 70-47 to advance to Saturday's consolation championship.
Meadville held a 21-16 lead at the end of one quarter on the back of eight Kiera Holcer points, including a pair of three-pointers. Milan turned the tide in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 21-10, and Meadville was held to just 16 total points in the second half.
The Eagles pressed late in effort to get back into the game, and effectively forced a number of turnovers to cut the Wildcat lead to just eight before Milan totally regained control. Meadville coach Kevin Carr was displeased with his team's inability to finish at the rim late in the game.
"We get ourselves in too big a hole, and at this point, we're too young to overcome deficits on a regular basis," Carr said. "I thought we matched up pretty well with this team tonight, we just couldn't get anything to fall in the second half. We'll hit a stretch where we start making some easy shots."
Holcer finished with 21 to lead all scorers, and Krysta Meyers was the only other Eagle in double-figures in scoring with 11.
Milan's Genesis Sarabia finished with 19 to lead her team.
"The defense came to life at the end and we got some easy buckets," Milan coach Nathan Simler said. "We had to settle down and be smart with the ball."
Meadville falls to 3-9 on the season, and travels to Bevier on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tipoff.