College basketball: Marietta College women to host Turkey Shoot Saturday

Marietta College’s women’s basketball team has been flirting with the century mark in its last three games – all non-conference wins, against D’Youville College, Bethany College and Chatham University, respectively.

Averaging 95 points during that span, the Stacia Shrider-coached Lady Pioneers have improved their overall record to 3-1 on the season. Their only blemish was a 60-58 season opening setback to Fredonia State University on Nov. 15.

“We’ve been playing well offensively,” Shrider said. “But we need to do a better job defensively in containing the ball.”

MC is hoping to extend its winning streak when it hosts the 29th Annual Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot sponsored by BSN Sports at Ban Johnson Arena this weekend. On Saturday, the Lady Pioneers are scheduled to play the College of Mount St. Joseph at 2:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. Kenyon will face Ohio Valley University.

On Sunday, the consolation game will be played at 1 p.m., followed by the 3 p.m. championship tilt.

Last year, the Marietta College women suffered their first lost of the 2012-13 campaign in the Turkey Shoot finale, dropping a 64-51 decision to Daemen (N.Y.) College.

Against Mount St. Joseph, MC is expected to start Candice Alexander, Tori Dixon, Heather Booth, Paige Lamb, and Morgan Liedtke.

Booth (Frontier), Lamb (Marietta High), and Liedtke (Fort Frye) are all former prep local players.

Alexander leads the team in scoring, averaging 12 points per game. Mackenzie Kiser, a non-starter, is averaging 11.8 ppg; Dixon, 11.3; Booth, 8.5; Lamb, 7.3; and Liedtke and Sierra Sigman, 7.0 apiece.

“Mackenzie gives us a different look in the post with her back to the basket,” Shrider said. “Candice and Heather face the basket.”

Mount St. Joseph is currently winless at 0-3. The Ashley Bland-coached Lady Lions will probably start Heidi McManus (16.0 ppg), Melanie Monahan (9.3), Mea’ Williams, Tara Dennis, Brooke Mosler, or Erica Walsh. Meredith Hartfiel (11.3), the team’s second leading scorer, has been coming off the bench.

“You can’t go by their (Mount St. Joseph) record,” Shrider said. “They have a couple of scorers on the team that we will need to be prepared for.”

In the nightcap, Ohio Valley owns a 2-4 record, while Kenyon is 2-2.