by Hobby King/sports editor
Diane Schlesselman’s Marshall Lady Owls basketball team played better as the week progressed in last week’s Macon Shootout. The Lady Owls, however, came on the short end of 66-47 and 48-43 decisions against Milan and Macon on Thursday and Saturday.
The Lady Owls fought back from a double-digit deficit and were just 45-43 behind Milan going into the fourth quarter. However, they only managed four points in the last eight minutes.
Milan led 20:9 after the first quarter. But Marshall — behind 10 points in the second quarter from senior Alexis Neff — reduced the deficit to eight, 35-27 by halftime.
Junior Kiki Simic threw in six points, and the Lady Owls closed to within two at the end of three.
Neff had a three-pointer and led the Lady Owls by a solid 17 points. Simic finished with 12 points. Sophomore Brooklynn Davenport and senior Chylin Anderson each scored four points; senior Drew Wilson three; seniors Marissa Tobar and Makenna Parker and college student Hayley Lent, two each; and sophomore Daniela Farfan one. Simic pulled down seven rebounds and Davenport pulled down six. Neff had four steals. The Lady Owls were 10 of 21 from the free throw line.
Eleven Lady Wildcats scored points, led by freshman Marian Dabney with three threes and 15 points. Sophomore Emerson Pauley added two threes and 12 points. Milan hit seven three-pointers in the game and were 11-14 from the free-throw line. Milan improved to 8-8.
Once again the Lady Owls had to fight Macon from behind on Saturday.
The Lady Tigers led 19-11 after the first quarter. But — after Neff lost three field goals — Marshall bounced back to go 22-22 at halftime.
Macon hit two crucial three-point baskets and went into the fourth quarter with a 39-31 lead.
Neff had a three and was 14 points ahead of Marshall. Simic finished with a three and 10 points. Davenport added seven points; Awarded six points; sophomore Ainsley McCracken a three-pointer; Parker two points; and Wilson a point. The Lady Owls injured themselves at the free-throw line, hitting just 48 percent – 10 of 21.
Macon, who improved to 5-10, had three threes and 16 points from older Brooke Weimer and two threes and 10 points from newcomer Reece Barnett. The Lady Tigers were 8 for 18 from the charity streak.
The Lady Owls host Blair Oaks in a non-conference game Tuesday at 5 p.m.