The Mark Twain girls basketball team raced to a 25-0 run in the first quarter of a 60-20 win over the Salisbury junior varsity on Thursday.

The Mark Twain girls basketball team knew it should have the upper hand Thursday against the Salisbury junior varsity at the Madison Tournament.

It was just a matter of execution.

The Lady Tigers raced to a 25-0 run in the first quarter and only allowed eight points in the first half of a 60-20 win.

“I was impressed with our intensity on defense,” Mark Twain coach Alex Brandenburg said. “We did a good job of forcing tough shots and then rebounding the ball. Our rebounding led to some fast-break opportunities.”

Senior McKenzie Lathrom led Mark Twain (4-7) with 27 points on the night, including three 3-pointers, while freshman Emma Ross joined in double figures with 10. 

The Lady Tigers led 58-20 following three quarters and shut the door by not allowing a single point in the fourth.

Mark Twain's reserves combined for 23 points.

“Our bench is gaining more confidence every night,” Brandenburg said. “We have had some time to practice without Elizabeth (Trower) in the lineup and the girls are learning their roles with our new rotations. We had much better ball movement and it led to some good looks for different girls.” 

Mark Twain faces Salisbury for the consolation championship at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.