For the second time in less than a week, the Marionville Comets took down Greenfield by 10 points, in a 67-57 victory in the first round of the Class 2, District 11 boys tournament.
It was far from an easy win for the fourth-seeded Comets, however, as the teams battled evenly through three and a half quarters before the tournament hosts pulled away.
Greenfield, in fact, held the first lead of the game, scoring twice before Gavin Stanton put Marionville on the board with a trey. The Comets took the lead for a short period, but the Wildcats ended the first quarter on top 14-11.
Coach Ted Young's team wasted no time closing the gap in the second quarter, though, as Jordan Williams drained a three-pointer to tie it. The teams traded points throughout the period, but Marionville widened the lead late in the half to take a 33-26 lead to the locker room at the intermission.
The Comets stayed ahead of the Wildcats throughout the third quarter but saw the lead dwindle to one point with less than two minutes to go. Greenfield matched the hosts shot for shot and were within two at the start of the fourth quarter, 45-43.
Freshman Lake High continued his hot night from behind the arc early in the fourth, extending the lead to 49-45 with his fourth trey of the game. But Greenfield would persist and tie the game at 53-all with 2:51 to play.
That appeared to be a wake-up call for the Comet defense, as Marionville all but shut down the Wildcat offense from that point on. Riding a streak of steals and Greenfield turnovers, the Comets went on a 14-4 run to close out the game and seal their spot in the semifinals.
Outside shooting was key to the Marionville victory, as the Comets drained 10 three-pointers throughout the game, including four each by High and senior Josh Goodman. Goodman led the Comet offense with 20 points on the night, followed by 15 from Stanton and 14 by High. Dominic Clevenger, Laythen Utke and Evan Dotson all finished with four points each, while Williams and Kale Bateman contributed three apiece.
Marionville's (19-7) hot streak of nine wins in its last 10 games would be put on the line against top-seeded Crane (24-3) in Thursday's semifinal game. Look for the result in next week's sports section.