LE ROY — The Southern Coffey County High girls’ blistering start put them firmly in the driver’s seat Friday.
The Lady Titans deployed their devastating half-court trap to perfection against visiting Marmaton Valley High, to the tune of a 22-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats rebounded from there, but were unable to get within shouting distance as the Lady Titans claimed a 57-25 win.
The victory lifts Southern Coffey County’s record to 14-4. Marmaton Valley falls to 3-14.
“The start killed us,” Marmaton Valley head coach Kent Houk said. “They’re aggressive on defense, and they’re quick. Their press forced us into a lot of turnovers.”
The Lady Titans upped their lead to 37-10 by halftime and 51-19 after three quarters.
Despite his team’s struggles, Houk noted Marmaton Valley was outscored only 31-22 over the final three periods against a top-notch Lady Titan squad.
“For what we were up against, we did a good job,” he said. “There were some fundamentals we had trouble with, but we’re taking baby steps.”
Laurie Ohl paced the victors with 14 points, while Kristen Garland and Ashton Gudenkauf scored nine apiece. Taylor Stephens and Kaitlin Meyer each had eight.
Alysha Westhoff paced Marmaton Valley with nine points and four steals. Maggie Meiwes had nine rebounds.
The Lady Titans edged the Wildcats 25-24 in junior varsity play. Kacie Shadden scored nine points for Marmaton Valley’s JV.
Southern Coffey County hosts Pleasanton on Tuesday. Marmaton Valley hosts Chetopa.
Marmaton Valley (3-7-9-6—25) (FG/3-pt): McNutt 2-1-2-5, Boyd 0-2-0-2, Miller 1-0-2-2, Westhoff 2/1-2-3-9, Meiwes 2-1-4-5, Ford 0-0-1-0, Henry 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 8/1-6-12-25.
Southern Coffey County (22-15-14-2—57) (FG/3-pt): Isch 0-0-2-0, Gudenkauf 3/1-0-0-9, Garland 3-3-0-9, Shields 1-1-2-3, Jacob 1-2-1-4, Ohl 4-6-0-14, Stephens 4-0-3-8, Meyer 4-0-1-8, Seabolt 1-0-1-2. TOTALS: 21/1-12-10.
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