Mark Twain senior McKenzie Lathrom outscored Elsberry by herself in the first half of a 53-44 road win Thursday night.

Mark Twain senior playmaker McKenzie Lathrom outscored Elsberry by herself in the first half of a 53-44 Eastern Missouri Conference road victory Thursday night.

Lathrom produced 18 of her game-high 24 points before halftime to help the Lady Tigers (10-11, 5-2 EMO) take a 36-16 advantage into the intermission.

The sharpshooter knocked down a trio of threes in the first quarter as part of a 20-8 run to start the game. 

“We came out with great intensity,” Mark Twain head coach Alex Brandenburg said. “Our defense set the tone. And we hit some big shots to start. Kenzie was hot from three again and that helped a ton.”

Mackenzie Ogle added nine points over the first eight minutes of play and finished with 16 in the win.

Elsberry (13-9, 3-4) battled back to outscore Mark Twain 14-6 in the third quarter to pull within 12 entering the final period.

“They were much more aggressive on offense,” Brandenburg said of Elsberry in the third. “And we got a little complacent on defense. Fortunately we were able to make adjustments and figure out a way to keep the lead.”

Amber Ferry and Paige Eddington each scored a bucket for the visitors in the fourth quarter to help the Lady Tigers secure their fifth consecutive conference win.

Tess Weakly scored 21 points to lead the Lady Indians, who made just 15 of 29 free-throw attempts in the loss.

Mark Twain next plays at Montgomery County on Saturday.

“I will always take a conference road win, no matter what,” Brandenburg said. “Elsberry had won eight of their last nine entering tonight, so we knew this would be a tough win. I’m just happy to escape with a win and get ready for Montgomery County.”