The Mark Twain girls’ basketball team won its first game of the season, but since then, the Lady Tigers have had to endure a seven-game losing streak. That streak came to an end Monday night as the Lady Tigers beat Wellsville Middletown behind a huge performance from junior Mackenzie Grossmann.
“It felt good for us to get off the streak,” Mark Twain coach Alex Brandenburg said. “It felt like the girls were putting too much pressure on themselves.”
In the win, Grossmann recorded a triple-double for Mark Twain. She tied for the team lead with 12 points while also recording 13 rebounds and 13 blocked shots. Eight of Grossmann’s rebounds came on the defensive side of the ball.
“Defensively (Grossmann) made the difference tonight,” Brandenburg said. “Most of (Wellsville’s) buckets came from the outside. She made it difficult for them to get anything around the basket.”
As great a game as Grossmann had, she had help on the court. Some of that help came from Alica Cole. Cole also recorded 12 points for Mark Twain. In addition, Cole had team-leading 5 assists and chipped in 6 rebounds.
“Alicia Cole also played great,” Brandenburg said. “She went 8-of-10 from the line in the fourth quarter and she took care of the ball really well down the stretch.”
Mark Tain took a 6-3 lead in the first quarter, but let it slip away in the second quarter. Wellsville outscored the Lady Tigers 14-10 during the second to send Mark Twain into the break trailing 17-16.
When play resumed in the second half, the Lady Tigers came out scoring. Mark Twain had more points in the third quarter (17), than it did in the entire first half (16) while limiting Wellsville to just 11 points.
“In the second half we were able to force some turnovers and create some easy buckets,” Brandenburg said.
Leading 33-28 at the start of the final eight minutes of play, Mark Twain continued to put points on the board. The Lady Tigers outscored Wellsville 11-7 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Kylee Barnes chipped in 6 points and 9 rebounds for the Lady Tigers while Maygan Huff also had 6 points and contributed 7 rebounds.
With the win, Mark Twain improves to 2-7 on the season. The Lady Tigers will be back on the hardwood tonight as they go out on the road to face Clarence Cannon Conference foe Centralia.
“We are hoping that momentum will carry over in Centralia (today),” Brandenburg said.