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Looking to make a push back into conference contention, the Macks (6-3, 2-3 Western Cloverbelt Conference) came out of the gate hot against the Thunder (0-4, 0-4 WCC), before foul trouble allowed the home team to cut the deficit to 7 by halftime.
In the second, McDonell locked in defensively and came away with one of their most balanced offensive performances of the season.
On the road against the undefeated conference leader, the Lady Macks (6-3, 4-2 Western Cloverbelt Conference) could not get shots to fall and fell behind early after a relentless interior attack from the Thunder (8-0, 7-0 WCC).
After closing the gap before the half, McDonell fought back to take the lead, but watched it slip away down the stretch against a quality opponent that would not be denied on the offensive glass.
The Cardinal boys took the lead early on against Eau Claire Memorial, and were up 10 at the break. The Old Abes made a late charge in the game's final moments and forced overtime at 77 a piece and the Cards pulled away in OT.
Looking to rebound from their first conference loss but facing an unbeaten opponent, the Lady Macks (5-2, 3-1 Western Cloverbelt Conference) found it tough going early on against the young and talented Lady Wildcats (7-1, 5-0 Large Dairyland Conference), but fought back from an eight-point deficit to knot the game at the half.
After the break the teams traded leads, but McDonell went on a 21-6 run down the stretch to seal the deal and gain a quality Division 5 win.
The Lady Cards(0-6) had a really rough night as far too many turnovers and missed shots led to a 61-32 nonconference home loss to Marshfield(3-7).