Marmaton Valley girls win opener over Uniontown


December 1, 2012 - 12:00 AM

UNIONTOWN — Marmaton Valley High’s girls basketball team came out on top in a heated match against Uniontown on Friday night, connecting on some key baskets in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats held close with their opponent, before putting the win out of reach for Uniontown with a 48-40 victory.
“If the ball was on the floor, we were after it,” coach Kent Houk said of his girls’ effort, “They really hustled for the whole game.”
The Wildcats were outscored by the Eagles 10-6 in the first quarter, but edged out a lead in every quarter to follow. They scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, with some key free throws from Kacie Shadden towards the end of the game.
It seemed free throws were the saving grace for the Wildcats. They garnered 22 of their points from 39 attempts at the line. The Eagles only brought in five points on free throws, with 12 attempts.
Kaylee Boyd dominated from the floor, scoring 22 points and eight steals. Shadden and Kaitlin Ensminger contributed nine points each in the contest.
The hustle on defense was led by center Emily Meiwes, who brought down 15 rebounds for the Wildcats.
Defensively, Houk said the girls have work to do before heading into their preseason tournament next week — their first-round opponent is Northeast High.
“The defense was lacking tonight,” Houk said. “They weren’t really making cuts off of the screen.”
Overall, Houk said the girls held the press well throughout the evening and came down with rebounds on defense in some key moments.
Marmaton Valley (19-29—48)
Uniontown (21-19—40)
Marmaton Valley (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Ensminger 4-1-5-9, Cavender 0-1-4-1, Boyd 6/1-7-3-22, Shadden 0-9-0-9, Meiwes 1-1-1-3, Louk 1-0-3-2, Olson 0-2-0-2, Tynon 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 12/1-21-17-48.

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