The Mark Twain girls basketball team took control during the second quarter Friday night in a 62-46 win at Van-Far.

The Mark Twain girls basketball team took control during the second quarter Friday night in a 62-46 win at Van-Far.

Mark Twain (9-11, 4-2 Eastern Missouri Conference) held the host Lady Indians to just five points in the period while scoring 13 to take a 34-21 lead into the intermission.

The Lady Tigers never looked back.

McKenzie Lathrom finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The senior drained four threes in the first quarter to help the Lady Tigers take a 21-16 lead through the first eight minutes of play. Lathrom finished with seven treys. 

“McKenzie was able to pick up where she left off on Tuesday and hit some big shots,” Mark Twain coach Alex Brandenburg said. “We definitely needed that to get us going. They threw a defense at us that we haven’t seen much of this year, so it was good to settle in and get some buckets early.”

Mackenzie Ogle added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Ten of Ogle’s points came in the first half as the visitors took control.

“Mackenzie played a great game tonight,” Brandenburg said. “This was by far her best shooting night this year. She has been really coming along well for us down the stretch.”

Six Mark Twain players scored in the third quarter as the Lady Tigers opened up a 50-35 lead heading into the fourth.

Emma Ross (5) and Paige Eddington (4) combined for nine points in the victory.

“We were able to find shooters much better in the second half,” Brandenburg added. “And by picking up intensity, we rebounded better and forced some turnovers that led to some easy baskets.”

Reaghan Case led Van-Far (7-12, 2-5) with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals, while Jordan Garner also finished with 14 points.

Mark Twain plays at Montgomery County on Tuesday.