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Parkway South 50 Marquette 44

March 7, 2014
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Parkway South 50 Marquette 44

Mustangs Fight to the End but Patriots Advance

A lot has happened since the first day of practice on Monday, November 4th, 2013.  It’s been 123 days since practice number 1.  The Mustangs were really hoping to see day number 124, and although Marquette would have to overcome early foul trouble and cold shooting to make a great push in the 4th quarter, Parkway South came up with the plays when they needed to hold off the Mustangs 50-44 in the Class 5 District 2 Semi-final Thursday at Lafayette.

The game was competitive from the start as both teams defended very well.  Each team forced the other to go to 2nd, 3rd and even 4th options within the offense.  With scoring at a minimum, the game was tied at 7 after 1.  The second quarter found Marquette facing plenty of adversity.  Foul trouble caused Marquette to take their top two scorers out of the game, and the chance for the Patriots to go on a big run seemed likely.  But the subs did an excellent job of limiting the damage from the Patriots, and although South did outscore the Mustangs by 9 in the 2nd quarter, Marquette was still very much alive, feeling lucky they were only down 9 at 23-14 after a 4-20 performance from the field (20%).

The Mustangs seemed to find their offensive footing more in the second half, scoring on 5 of their first 8 possessions.  But for every score, Parkway South countered with a score of their own inside.  Marquette was able to win the quarter 14-12 and pull to within 7 at 35-28.  And as the 4th quarter started, the momentum shifted to the Mustangs.  A quick 5-0 run by Marquette pulled them to within 2 points at 35-33 with 5:27 left in the game.  South, though, would respond with a 5-0 run of their own and Marquette was back to a 7-point deficit with just 3:37 left at 40-33.  The Mustangs would still have chances, down 6 with 1:19 remaining, but they just couldn’t capitalize as South claimed 3 of their 5 offensive rebounds in the 4th quarter, and each one resulted in a bucket.  The Mustangs would even have a difficult time fouling the athletic Patriots at the end of the game, and when the buzzer sounded, Marquette’s season came to an end with a 50-44 loss.

The loss ended the careers of three outstanding seniors who lead this year’s squad with class and integrity all season long.  Bryant Walker, Justin Wojtowicz, and Brooks Gerrity all had great careers at MHS and will be tremendously missed.

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For STLToday Article, click HERE.


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