The Fulton Lady Hornets were more than happy to flip the calendar, eager for a fresh start.
Fulton gained the upper hand by outscoring Marshall 34-19 in the second half Wednesday night and the Lady Hornets discarded a seven-game losing streak with a 51-35 NCMC win over the Lady Owls at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
With Wednesday night's overdue victory, Fulton improved to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in the North Central Missouri Conference. The Lady Hornets hadn't played since a 56-36 loss to Houston on Dec. 28 in the seventh-place game of the US Bank/Rolla High School Holiday Tournament.
"It's a new year, a new team - that's how we're going to look at it," Fulton head coach TJ Quick said Wednesday night. "This is a good confidence boost. We hit some shots and had things go our way."
The Lady Hornets profited from an extraordinary performance by sophomore guard Sloane Totta, who broke out for a career-high 34 points and also collected six rebounds.
Williams Baptist 91
William Woods 74
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. - The Owls' three-game winning streak came to a halt as they fell prey to the Eagles' 67-percent shooting in the second half of Tuesday night's AMC setback.
The game was tied 37-all at halftime, but Williams Baptist College connected on a remarkable 20-of-30 shots over the final 20 minutes to pull away for the 17-point victory. William Woods University - which led by 13 points at one point in the first half - slipped to 4-10 overall and 2-2 in the American Midwest Conference.