Marceline's girls hosted Brookfield on Monday night in a make-up game of a weather postponement one week prior. The Tigers got the best of the Bulldogs on senior night, 49-41.
"It feels good to finish my career with a win at home," Marceline senior Gabby Bollman said. "Brookfield's a major competitor of ours so it's special. We found a way to grind out a win. It's a big confidence booster moving toward districts."
Brookfield had ample chances to seize momentum in the ballgame, and led narrowly throughout the first half, taking a 24-22 lead into the halftime break.
The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 15-11 in the third period to take a 37-35 lead into the fourth quarter, and neither team led by more than a bucket during the period.
In the first few minutes of the fourth quarter, Marceline's Maycee Edgar and Kenzie Stahl knocked down three-pointers to extend their team's lead to 43-35, and from that point onward, the Tigers never led by less than five points.
"That was a killer, that changed the whole momentum of the game," Brookfield coach Tony Fairchild said. "That's one we could have gotten, maybe that we should have gotten. It's a team we matched up well with, but that third quarter was a killer. We hurried some stuff up, and we can get some looks, but when they don't go in it kills our confidence."
Fairchild called a timeout with 1:37 remaining trailing 46-41, and although his team's full-court pressure effectively forced the Tigers into some poor decisions, the Bulldogs missed several shots and were never able to close back within a bucket. The Tigers continued to have their fair share of woes from the free-throw line down the stretch, hitting just four of their 10 attempts down the stretch and allowing the Bulldogs to stick around.
Edgar led her team with 18 points, and Stahl and Jaylea Bixenman both posted nine points for the Tigers. Brookfield's Rylee Sensenich and Sydney Wilbeck led the 'Dogs with 13 points apiece, and Cassi Conard scored 10.
"We've got to keep building and keep playing hard," Marceline coach Jordan Beck said. "We have to keep doing the little things right. Free throws are very important, and we've struggled there. We have to prevent second chance opportunities and box out."