The Otsego boys basketball team won at Marshall 80-60 and the Marshall girls earned a 54-24 victory Thursday. The Bulldog boys were an outstanding 39-44 from the free throw line, allowing them to pull away in a foul-infested fourth quarter and give Marshall its first loss. Meanwhile, the Redhawk girls were dominant throughout.
Neither team had a decisive advantage in the first half, with the largest lead staying within two possessions. The explosive Otsego offense, averaging 72.6 points per game coming in, had to find other scorers as they were without leading-scorer Zak Lukas. Marshall held a 14-13 lead entering the second quarter and were ahead by five entering the final three minutes of the second. However, the Bulldogs took a 31-28 lead into halftime, getting a three-pointer from Will Eldred in the closing seconds after the shot bounced high off the rim.
Otsego never surrendered the lead in the second half, although a tight third quarter only pushed the lead to 49-43. Fouls picked up significantly in the fourth quarter, including four Marshall technical fouls. The turning point came midway through the frame as a shooting foul on Jack Luciani also prompted technicals after the play from his brother Jeremy and Marshall head coach Doug Riegel.
Charles Woodhams would make all six free throw attempts, pushing the Bulldogs ahead by double-digits. He would make four more on later technicals and finish with a 14-14 mark at the line, getting 23 total points. Eldred was also flawless at the foul line, his 12-12 pushed him to 18 points. Jack Luciani topped Marshall with 18.
Both boys squads move to 5-1 following the game. It was the first time in their three late-December meetings that the road team was the victor. The Bulldogs return to play on January 9 at Edwardsburg, while Marshall travels to Jackson Lumen Christi on January 5.
Marshall led almost all of the girls game. Otsego’s girls were also missing a key cog with an injury to Grace VerHage. The Redhawks started with a 4-0 run, which Otsego matched. From there, Marshall finished the first quarter with a 13-3 advantage and built up a 39-17 score by halftime. Morgan Tatrow topped Marshall with 16 points. Nine players scored for the Redhawks. Mattison Rayman was Otsego’s top scorer with six.
The Marshall girls move to 3-4 with the win and drop Otsego to 5-3. The Redhawks have now beaten the Bulldogs five times in three seasons. Marshall travels to Jackson Lumen Christi on January 5 with Otsego hosting Edwardsburg on January 9.
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