MFL MarMac girls bounce back from loss to Decorah with win at TV

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By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

The MFL MarMac girls basketball team went 1-1 last week, dropping a tough non-conference match-up at Decorah before edging Turkey Valley.

 

The Jan. 10 loss to the Vikings snapped a three-game winning streak for the Bulldogs. Although they trailed just 18-13 through the first period, they couldn’t keep pace with Decorah. The Vikings built a 32-19 advantage by halftime and sealed the 68-41 win with a 20-5 run in the final quarter.

 

MFL MarMac struggled to a 29.4 field goal percentage, and made only one of its 18 three-point attempts. The team also turned the ball over 18 times.

 

Grace Anderson led the Bulldog effort with 16 points, six rebounds and an assist. Riley Moreland also scored in double digits, with 10 points, and added a team-high eight rebounds and five assists along with a steal and a block. Miranda Lang’s stat line included eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.

 

The Bulldogs were able to bounce back quickly, though, taking down Turkey Valley 49-44 on Jan. 11, in a key Upper Iowa Conference battle.

 

The Trojans claimed an early 14-11 lead, and after a low scoring second period, were up just 18-17 at halftime. The Bulldogs out-scored them 11-9 in the third quarter, however, taking a 28-27 edge, and kept the momentum going with a 21-point final period.

 

MFL MarMac shot nearly 10 points better from the field than Turkey Valley, at 39.3 versus 30.6 percent, but did much of its damage at the free throw line. There, the Bulldogs had 14 more attempts, going 27-36. The Trojans, on the other hand, were 11-22.

 

MFL MarMac also had a slight rebound advantage and snagged 12 steals to the Trojans’ five.

 

Turkey Valley struggled to contain Moreland, who unleashed a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. She also led the team with five steals and two assists. Anderson, who was 4-6 from the field, pitched in 11 points along with three rebounds and three steals, while Brooklynn Moon finished the night with seven points, three rebounds, a steal and a block. Lang earned six points and an assist.

 

MFL MarMac is now 9-4 overall and a perfect 9-0 in conference play. This week’s schedule takes the team to South Winneshiek (5-8) on Jan. 18, before returning home against West Central (6-7) on Jan. 21.

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