The Mark Twain girls basketball team defeated Wellsville 66-24 in an Eastern Missouri Conference road game on Friday.

The first half of the Mark Twain-Wellsville girls basketball game was all McKenzie Lathrom on Friday night.

Lathom posted a monster first half for the visiting Lady Tigers, posting 31 points as Mark Twain took a 45-9 lead into halftime of the Eastern Missouri Conference contest.

Mark Twain coach Alex Brandenburg said although Lathrom had a huge first half, it was not the best performance of the year — but it was close.

“When McKenzie gets going, she can score a lot in a short period of time,” he said.

Brandenburg mentioned that his team played a workman-like game.

“We did we needed to do tonight,” he said. “We pushed hard and got some shots early to take the lead. We have come here some years and had a difficult night, so getting going was good. Our girls played well.”

The vastly outgunned Wellsville (0-8) team was no match for Mark Twain. Wellsville coach Jamie Boyd had only five players dressed for the game as a result of the flu bug. Boyd noted her squad played a disciplined game with no one fouling out, and played hard until the end.

“I am proud of the way our girls played,” Boyd said, “particularly with out top scorer out with the flu.”

Said Brandenburg: “Those girls from Wellsville, they played hard. With only five or six players all season dressed out for a game, you have to give them credit.”

Lathrom finished with a game-high 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds, seven steals and seven assists.

Paige Eddington contributed nine points in the win. Zoe Miller scored six points, while Mackenzie Ogle returned from an injury that had been keeping her sidelined and added five. 

Mark Twain faces Highland at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Lenzini Tournament at Palmyra.