Wildcats dispatch the Eagles


February 22, 2011 - 12:00 AM

MORAN — Marmaton Valley High broke open a tie game with a 19-4 run that spanned the third quarter Monday, giving the Wildcats full control against rival Uniontown High.
The Wildcats’ 47-36 win was a result of several easy scoring opportunities sparked by their defense, head coach Denny Lasley said.
“We never pressed,” Lasley said. “We just stayed full-court, man-to-man and we got some easy steals and layups in the third quarter.”
Uniontown led 10-7 after one quarter before Marmaton Valley tied the game at 19-19 at the break. The third-quarter run gave Marmaton Valley a 38-23 lead going into the fourth period.
“We still have to learn how to play with a lead,” Lasley said. “If we ever keep trying to work the ball after passing it around once, we’ll be pretty good. We weren’t patient at all in the fourth quarter.”
Uniontown outscored Marmaton Valley 13-9 in the period.
Dalton Houk led the way with 18 points, while Cole Becker added eight points and five assists. Landon Hammond had 12 rebounds and five steals.
Zach Travis scored 15 to lead Uniontown. Dakota Wiley added eight.
Lasley credited the play of his bench performers, Nathan Smart, Gage Stewart, Derrick Carr and Ryan Smith.
“They played their tails off,” Lasley said. “They didn’t score many points, but they were definitely an asset.”
Uniontown travels to Southern Coffey County tonight. Marmaton Valley hosts Lebo. Both schools will wrap up regular season play on Thursday.
Uniontown (10-9-4-13—36) (FG/3-pt): Ramsey 1-0-1-2, Travis 4/1-4-2-15, Wiley 1/2-0-4-8, Kuns 0-0-4-0, Robinson 1-1-2-3, Esslinger 2-1-2-5, Sympson 0-3-2-3. TOTALS: 9/3-9-17-36.
Marmaton Valley (7-12-19-9—47) (FG/3-pt): Smith 0-0-1-0, Lewis 1-3-3-5, Houk 4/3-1-2-18, Hammond 3-0-4-6, Becker 4-0-3-8, Carr 0/1-0-1-3, Stewart 1-0-1-2, Smart 2-1-5-5. TOTALS: 15/4-5-20-47.

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