Marcellus took a 2-3 record to the Mexico Tournament and tried to lean on its outside shooting to pull itself back above the .500 mark - which it did.
It certainly worked in the opening round Thursday night, when the Mustangs beat Carthage 57-42. After streaking to a 15-6 first quarter lead, Marcellus saw the Comets tie it, 22-22, by halftime.
Both teams were hot in the third period, but Marcellus moved back in front, and then it put things away by outscoring Carthage 19-5 in the final quarter.
In all, the Mustangs drained 12 3-pointers, five of them by Lauren Soule, which accounted for most of her team-high 17 points. Molly MacLachlan and Molly Tice both connected three times beyond the arc and had nine points apiece, while Shelby Nye gave Marcellus an inside game and also finished with nine points.
This put Marcellus into Friday's final against host Mexico, who beat Phoenix 53-34 in the other opening-round game. Here, it would prove quite close, but the Mustangs would emerge with the first-place trophy as it edged past the Tigers 51-45.
The pace continually changed, from a quick one in the first quarter to a slower one the rest of the half, but by holding Mexico to five points in that second period, the Mustangs gave itself a 23-20 lead.
Fighting back, the Tigers pulled within one, 35-34, going to the fourth quarter, and with Kendra Harter picking up 22 points, Mexico stayed in it all the way to the end.
But the Mustangs had more options, and held on as MacLachlan again hit three 3-pointers, but also hit other baskets, too, on her way to a team-high 17 points and tournament MVP honors.
Nicole Wynne, quiet against Carthage, roared to life here with 15 points, while Nye added 12 points. Both garnered All-Tournament selections.