MORAN — “It was like there was a lid on the basket,” said Kent Houk, Marmaton Valley High girls’ head basketball coach.
The Wildcats were outscored 22-6 in the first quarter of Tuesday’s home Three Rivers League contest with Altoona-Midway High’s Jets. The Jets kept up a steady pace for a 52-34 win over the Wildcats.
“The first and third quarters killed us. We win the tip, get a fastbreak to the basket, the ball looks like its going in then it comes out. That was what our night was like,” Houk said.
Marmaton Valley found some offense in the second quarter. Houk said the Wildcats pushed the ball and got the offense moving. At halftime, the Jets were in front 33-22.
The Wildcats couldn’t keep the motor running after the break. Altoona-Midway outscored Marmaton Valley 10-2 in the third quarter and despite the Wildcats having a 10-9 scoring edge in the fourth the game went to the Jets.
Marmaton Valley was 10 of 24 from the free-throw line. Maggie Meiwes led all scorers with 14 points for the Cats.
Kelsey Spears and Kaylee Leck each had 14 points for the Jets. Altoona-Midway went 4 of 16 at the line.
The Wildcats are 0-3 in TRL action and 1-11 overall. Tuesday began a six-game run through two weeks for Marmaton Valley — the Wildcats have two make-up dates the next two Thursdays.
Marmaton Valley hosts Crest Thursday, a game postponed from Jan. 8, then plays at Uniontown. Next Tuesday it’s at Lebo then at Pleasanton on Feb. 11 and Southern Coffey County on Feb. 12.
Marmaton Valley (6-16-2-10—34): McNutt 0-1-1-1, Boyd 2-1-1-5, Miller 2-1-1-5, McEndree 0-0-5-0, Westhoff 1-2-4-4, Meiwes 5-5-3-15, Ford 0-0-3-0, Henry 2-0-1-4. TOTALS: 12-10-19-34.
Altoona-Midway (22-11-10-9—52) (FG/3-pt): Spears 7-0-5-14, Leck 4/2-0-2-14, LaCrone 4-0-1-8, Graham 0-0-2-0, Powers 3-1-4-7, Reeves 0-0-3-0, Gatlin 3-3-4-9. TOTALS: 21/2-4-21-52.
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