By Bob Simmons
A five-game winning streak by the Troy Trojans in girls basketball came to a halt Wednesday in the Parkway West Tournament when Troy lost 50-46 to the Marquette Lady Mustangs. The loss dropped Troy’s season mark to 7-3.
Olivia Mennemeyer and Adene Edwards led Troy in scoring with 17 and 16 points with Edwards getting the double-double with 11 rebounds. Kam Mennemeyer had 10 rebounds.
Troy got off to a slow start, trailing by ten (29-19) at the half. After the teams scored eight each in the third period, Troy fell behind by as many as 14 points before a fierce rally pulled them to within one in the final period.
“Marquette is a very good basketball team and had a great mix of size and athleticism,” said Troy Coach Damond Lacy. “They were the aggressors in the first half and really had us back on our heels. We settled down in the second half and cut a 14-point lead to a single point in the fourth quarter with opportunities to take the lead or tie the game multiple times. We just didn’t capitalize. Not hitting one three-point shot and going 8-18 from the free-throw line really hurt us. I was really proud of the effort and proud that our kids didn’t quit when down. We really competed hard and the ball didn’t bounce our way down the stretch.”
In the opening round, Troy defeated McCluer 51-31 led by Kelsey Sachs with 12 points and Edwards 10 points.
“It was a good first game back from break after not playing for quite a while,” said Lacy. Our press was really effective and forced a lot of turnovers. Kirsten Watts scored eight points, Kelsey Sachs hit four three-pointers. Seven different girls scored four or more points in the win.