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Lady Jays skate by Hartville (Rebroadcast Available)

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January 21, 2008

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The Lady Jays heated up after halftime at Hartville High School on Monday night, just as the weather outside was getting frightening.

Marshfield made 20-of-27 field goals after intermission, skating to an 80-47 nonconference basketball victory over the defending state Class 2 champion Lady Eagles before sliding back home on an icy Highway 38.

Marshfield had five players score in double figures, improving to 19-0 on the season with the win. Hartville fell to 8-5 despite an impressive 27-point performance by senior Brittany Percival.

Marshfield jumped on top 19-5 after one period, taking advantage of a cold-shooting Hartville team which made just 2-of-12 field goals in the opening stanza.

The Lady Eagles outscored Marshfield 11-9 in the second period.

“Hartville has a good team, and coach (Mike) Percival does a great job with them,” Marshfield coach Gary Murphy said. “But I thought we played without much intensity in the first half. Offensively, we played well in the second half.”

Senior post players Lacey Boshe and Sara Jane Plemmons were unstoppable in the third period. Plemmons scored 12 points, hitting 7-of-8 shots in the quarter while Lacey Boshe added 6 points without missing a shot as the Lady Jays extended a 28-16 halftime lead to a 57-34 advantage entering the final period.

Lacey Boshe and Sara Jane Plemmons combined for 33 points on 12-of-19 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws in the game.

Brittany Percival was as impressive, scoring 27 points in the game on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 treys.

Lacey Boshe finished with 19 points, making 7-of-11 field goals and all 5 free throws she tried in the game with 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists and a blocked shot.

Plemmons finished with 14 points, making 5-of-8 field goals and all 4 free throws she tried with 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.

Junior Morgan Smith also pulled down 8 rebounds for Marshfield, scoring 13 points in the game with 2 assists and a steal.

Freshman Alley Bruton scored 11 points for the Lady Jays, making 5-of-8 field goals, including a trey, with 2 steals, a rebound and an assist in the game.

Freshman Amanda Gourley was the fifth Lady Jay to score in double figures, scoring 10 points, hitting a pair of treys and handing out 5 assists with a steal and a rebound in the contest.

Sophomore Ashley Boshe finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a blocked shot in the game for Marshfield.

Senior Jaysa Hartman hit both treys she attempted in the game, adding 6 points and 5 assists to the winning attack.

Junior Anna Glenn pulled down 5 rebounds with 2 assists and a blocked shot for Marshfield.

Kayla Baldwin and Kassie Hyde grabbed a pair of rebounds each and Hailey Diehl had a rebound and a steal for the winners.

Jasmine Hughes scored 11 points and led the Lady Eagles rebounders with 8 boards in the game.

Charity Millbauer scored 4 points, Blake Kaisler finished with 3 points and Maggie Arnall scored 2 points for Hartvile.

The Junior Varsity Lady Jays were impressive, but just able to play two quarters as Hartville was short of players.

A long, treacherous trip home earned Eva Joiner the Most Valuable Player Award for Marshfield, driving the team bus home over icy, mountainous roads. The return trip took almost as long, but thankfully was not as costly, as the sad trek from the Battle of Hartville which Shelby’s Iron Brigade made over the same route through similar weather in January of 1863.

Not only is this Lady Jays team compiling a scrapbook full of memories of an unbeaten season on the court, but their fans have come to expect almost as much excitement getting home from road games. The previous road game at Pleasant Hope included a wheel-clenching drive home through marauding tornados, while last night’s drive home from Hartville included a nail-biting journey over black ice. Unfortunately, two of the Hartville players were reportedly involved in fender benders on their way home from the high school gym, though no injuries were reported as of this posting.

Click on Pic’s below to enlarge—Thanks Shelby Atkison!

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