In the first two games of the season, the girls opened the contests with losses, followed by wins for the boys. Tuesday night, the girls picked up their first win of the season, while the boys suffered their first loss.
The Lady Outlaws (1-2) rallied from 10-point halftime deficit to claim a 58-50 victory over visiting Tuttle, while the Outlaws (2-1) had a see-saw battle with the Tigers before coming up on the short end of a 51-49 overtime score.
The two teams will get a small break before seeing action again next Tuesday when they host Lindsay.
Lady Outlaws 58, Lady Tigers 50Tuttle started the game with a hot hand, but Marlow’s Ashley O’Dell was able to keep her team within striking distance with 16 first-half points. It allowed the rest of the Lady Outlaws to pick up their offensive game in the second half.
“We had a lot of turnovers early, hopefully that will start to get better,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “We brought in a freshman, Corrie Moore, to run the point. She didn’t score any points, but she took some pressure off of Ashley O’Dell to let her do the things she can do.”
While O’Dell took care of the bulk of the offense in the early going, it was a defensive switch which proved to make a big difference.
“Defensively, we made a little adjustment,” Harris said. “(Tuttle’s Alyssa Jones) was shooting the ball really well, so we switched to a diamond-and-one (four players play zone, one plays man-to-man) defense and they did not handle it well.”
Jones had 17 points in the first half, but was held scoreless in the second, allowing the Lady Outlaws to chip away at the Lady Tigers’ lead before eventually overtaking them in the third quarter. Marlow would never trail again.
The Lady Outlaws got as close as 27-23 in the second quarter on a three-point play by O’Dell at the 2:32 mark, but Tuttle closed out the half on a 6-0 run to take a 33-23 lead.
Marlow would come out and totally dominate the third quarter, going on a 15-0 run with a balanced scoring attack of O’Dell, Tory Nations, Madison Waller and Diamond Morris.
Tuttle was limited to one field goal in the quarter with Marlow taking a 40-37 advantage into the final quarter.
The Lady Outlaws pushed the lead back out to start the fourth and it toggled between six and 10 points the rest of the way before Marlow settled for an eight-point win.
O’Dell was the only Lady Outlaw to score in double figures, scoring a season-high 28 points, but Harris does not mind.
“I told the girls we need them to get the four and six points if we want to win,” the coach said.
Marlow: Ashley O’Dell, 28; Tory Nations, 7; Emalee Williams, 7; Anne Davenport, 6; Diamond Morris, 4; Shayna Throckmorton, 3; Madison Waller, 2; Anne´ Wortham, 1.
Tuttle: Alyssa Jones, 17; Peyton Garrett, 10; Shelby Carel, 7; Karey Griffin, 6; Emily MacDoo, 5; Aspen Loard, 4; Hannah Owen, 1.
By the time the game ended, there would be six ties and 14 lead changes.
Marlow enjoyed a 16-11 lead at the end of the first quarter after Zac Beasler nailed back-to-back three-pointers in the last 29 seconds to give his team the edge.
The Outlaws continued their hot streak with a 7-0 run in the second quarter to push their lead to 12 points, the largest in the game.
The Tigers fought back though and managed to trim the lead down to three points at the half at 25-22.
Marlow opened the third quarter with five straight turnovers, alloweing the visitors to take the lead for the first time in the game since late in the first quarter.
After Tuttle had retaken the lead, the teams started to trade baskets with each team going back on top with every made bucket. Marlow managed to hold a slight 33-32 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Tigers (1-1) seemed to suddenly remember in the fourth quarter they had a 6-6 player in Dalton Secrist the Outlaws had trouble matching up with. The Tigers kept feeding their big man in the post and he scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the quarter to give his team a 45-44 lead with one minute to go.
Marlow was able to play for the last shot, and Wes Coast was fouled on his shot attempt with 2.9 seconds left in regulation. He missed the first free throw, but sank the second to send the game into overtime.
Marlow took the lead in the early going in OT, leading 49-45 with 1:10 to go on a basket by Cosast and a free throw each from Kirby Neufeld and Beasler.
Tuttle fought back and sank four straight free throws and got the winning basket with 36.5 seconds left on a steal and lay-up by Caenan Anthony.
Marlow: Jackson Huddleston, 14; Wes Coast, 13; Zac Beasler, 12; Kirby Neufeld, 8; Nathan Crowson, 2
Tuttle: Dalton Secrist 23; Seth Odom, 10; Dillon Cornelson, 5; Caenan Anthony, 5; Taylor Newport, 4; Jacob Welch, 4