Written by Stacy Atkison
Published under News
December 29, 2016
The Marshfield Blue Jays will play for 5th Place tonight in the Blue Division of the 71st Annual Blue and Gold Tournament.
Unseeded Marshfield beat #8 Seed Crane in the first round on Monday in a close one 58-55.
Tuesday the Jays played Republic great for 1 quarter. The score after 1 was 10-10. After that the #1 Seed Tigers defense took over and showed everyone why they were worthy of the number 1 seed. Republic allowed Marshfield to only 3 points in the second quarter, 2 points in the 3rd, and 2 points in the fourth, holding the Jays to a total of 17 points. They put in 53.
Yesterday Marshfield led by as many as 11 points a couple times but #5 Seed Clever fought back to take a 36-30 lead after 3 quarters of play. To start the 4th quarter Clever had 3 starters with 4 fouls and the possession. To protect his players in foul trouble Clevers coach decided to burn some clock. The first possession of the 4th quarter they ran almost 3 minutes off the clock before scoring and taking an 8 point lead with just over 5 minutes left.
With 2:15 left in game Clever hit the last shot of the day taking a 45-40 lead. From there Marshfield held the other Bluejay team scoreless. 2 Free throws from Marshfield Sophomore Tristen Letterman, made it a one possession game. A few seconds later Marshfields Sr Britt Hill hit a basket in the paint and was fouled. 45-44. Time out called – free throw missed. 14.1 seconds left Clever had a 1 point lead and the ball. After another missed free throw and a Marshfield rebound the stage was set for the upset. Sophomore Austin Porter hit the winning shot with just over 1 second left and the Marshfield team advanced.
Final Score 46-45.
Clever missed 4 free throws and two shots from the field in the final 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the game. Marshfield closed out the game on a 6-0 run for the victory.
7th Seed Mansfield earned thier way into the 5th place game by beating Spokane 73-46, losing to #2 Seed Springfield Glendale 72-64, and by beating #6 Seed Springfield Catholic 60-57.
There you have it. The only thing left to do now is get over to Hammons Student Center on the campus of Missouri State University to cheer on your Marshfield Blue Jays as they take on the Mansfield Lions for 5th place at 7 pm tonight.
If you cant make it to the gym you can watch the game right here- just hit the link below!
A replay of yesterdays game will be available until we start broadcasting tonight.