Blu-Jay girls beat Wildcats

PLEASANTON — The little things — particularly free-throw shotting — did in Marmaton Valley High’s girls Friday.
The Wildcats, seeking their first win of the season, were within four points of host Pleasanton High late in the contest.
But Marmaton Valley hit only 1 of 12 charities, and missed more than a few other shots from deep in the post.
“We make those, it’s a different story,” Marmaton Valley head coach Kent Houk said after the Wildcats’ 37-27 loss to the Blu-Jays. “But the free throws killed us.”
The loss did little the dampen the enthusiasm for the young Wildcat squad, who turned a double-digit deficit into a nail-biter by hustling on defense and claiming several key rebounds.
Houk also shifted his lineup a tad, inserting Morgan Henry to the post and moving starting forward Maggie Meiwes to guard.
“Maggie’s used to playing in the post, but she hit a big three-pointer for us,” Houk said.
Pleasanton led 15-8 after one quarter and 22-10 at the break.
Marmaton Valley crept to within nine, 27-18, at the end of the third quarter.
“We put in a half-court press and it worked well for us,” Houk said. “The girls worked their butts off tonight.”
Cheyanne Miller led the Wildcats with 10 points and two assists, while Meiwes added nine points, eight rebounds and four steals. Tiffany Dudley also had nine boards, and Jamee McEndree had four steals.
Rachel Richmond scored 15 to lead the Blu-Jays.
The Wildcats host Lyndon Tuesday then travel to Oswego Thursday in a game postponed from Jan. 17 to wrap up the regular season.

Marmaton Valley (8-2-8-9—27) (FG/3-pt): Dudley 2-0-3-4, Miller 3/1-1-1-10, Meiwes 3/1-0-3-9, Henry 0-0-3-0, McNutt 1-0-3-2, McEndree 1-0-4-2. TOTALS: 10/2-1-17-27.
Pleasanton (15-7-5-8—37) (FG/3-pt): Saulsberry, 3-1-4-7, Campbell 3-0-0-6, Richmond 4-7-3-15, Landrum 0-1-1-1, Reynolds 0/1-0-1-3, Hansuld 0-0-2-0, Ensley 1/1-0-2-5. TOTALS: 11/2-9-13-37.