Mark Twain turned 14 offensive rebounds in 22 second chance points in its 59-24 rout of the Lady Mustangs in a consolation game of the 93rd Monroe City Basketball Invitational.
Despite giving up 59 points, Marion County played good defense against Mark Twain Wednesday evening, initially.
The Lady Panthers just could not come up with enough defensive rebounds. Mark Twain turned 14 offensive rebounds in 22 second chance points in its 59-24 rout of the Lady Mustangs in a consolation game of the 93rd Monroe City Basketball Invitational.
“We have talked about it since day one, we tend to beat ourselves by allowing too many second chance opportunities and that was the story tonight,” Lady Mustangs coach Megan Zook said.
Turnovers have also been a thorn in the Mustangs side. Wednesday night, Marion County turned the ball over 25 times.
University of Missouri-St. Louis signee McKenzie Lathrom created the bulk of those turnovers. The Mark Twain senior recorded 10 steals in the game which led to many of her game-high 29 points.
“She was just everywhere tonight,” Zook said. “On offense she is a tremendous player and on defense she is just everywhere. She is just an outstanding player who knows how to do it all.”
After Mackenzie Crook tied the game at 3-apiece on a jumper with 5 minutes, 48 seconds left in the first quarter, Mark Twain closed the period on a 16-0 run. The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on as they led 33-9 at the break and 51-13 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
“We wanted to bring intensity on both end of the floor and I thought we did a good job of that tonight,” Mark Twain Alex Brandenburg said. “We crashed the offensive boards which created second-chance points and did a nice job of turning defensive rebounds into nice outlet passes for transition points.”
Elizabeth Trower and Paige Eddington joined Lathrom in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Freshman Emma Ross added four points and five rebounds in the win.
Jordan Chatfield and Aimee Glaspie led Marion County with six points apiece.
Crook, Payton Hays and Sadie Spratt all added four points in the loss. Hays recorded a game-high 10 rebounds, while Glaspie added eight.
“I thought we did do a better job of attacking the gaps tonight,” Zook said. “We had better ball movement on offense which resulted in a lot of girls contributing in some way or another, which is very pleasing.”
Mark Twain advances to the consolation championship Saturday against Thursday night’s winner between Louisiana and North Shelby.