Again, Hackett led with 17 points, hitting on a pair of 3-pointers as Cameron Littlejohn earned all of his 12 points from connecting four times beyond the arc. Kaigler chimed in with 13 points as Walser got eight points and Matt Rogers had six points.
Marcellus, who fell to 5-10, leaned a lot on Kyle Hastings, who finished with a game-high 21 points, yet Nick Sinay (12 points) was the only other Mustang with more than two field goals as Duncan Merritt added six points.
Meanwhile, Bishop Ludden’s girls team, no. 12 in the state Class B rankings, also met Marcellus and put a halt to the Mustangs’ four-game win streak, though it took a late surge to put away the Mustangs 60-46.
A high-scoring second period left the Gaelic Knights in front, 31-22, but Marcellus ate away at Ludden’s margin in the third period, pulling within 42-39. Molly MacLachlan (13 points), Brielle Filtch (10 points), Lauren Soule and Grace Hunt (nine points each) led the push.
Ludden would get clear, though, by hitting its free throws in the waning minutes. Overall, Kayla Kibling and Natalie Barletta each finished with 15 points, while Lauren Roy chipped in 14 points and Kelly Granteed managed eight points.
Both of Ludden’s teams would win big on Friday over Homer. In the boys’ 65-29 decision, the Gaelic Knights built a 58-22 margin through three periods as Hackett again earned 17 points, with Kaigler (12 points) and Rogers (11 points) both hitting double figures, too.
Ludden’s girls beat the Trojans by a 54-17 margin. This included a second-quarter shutout and a 28-4 halftime margin. Kibling had 13 points, followed closely by Roy (11 points) and Nicole Granteed, who had 10 points.