The Mexico varsity girls basketball team came on an absolute tear after halftime on Tuesday, outscoring host Marshall 30-22.

This included 14-8 in the third quarter and 16-14 in the fourth. Combine that with the 17 points Raigan Playter put up and the eight rebounds Reghan Smith pulled down and it would appear the Lady Bulldogs gave quite a well-rounded performance, but that simply wasn't the case. Instead, Mexico got outcored 9-0 in the first and 14-5 in the second and that's why it ended up losing 45-35.

"(Our) slow start was an obvious factor contributing to our low shooting percentage of 25 percent. We did do well on the free throw line, going 13-of-16," said coach Ed Costley. "We talked at halftime about winning the next four minute segments ahead of us. We did outscore them in the last two periods. Focus for this team is finding ways to increase our team assists. We are sitting on five per game."

One player who did have a consistent evening was Logan Blevins with eight points and seven rebounds, Shelbi Shaw came through with four points and five boards and Abbie Oetting and Smith added three points each. Playter also was good for five rebounds and three steals, as well.

"Raigan Playter has a good shooting night for us able to hit some 3s on perimeter. She and Logan Blevins were perfect from line combined for 11-for-11," Costley said. "Reading defenses will need to continue to be a focus for our team moving forward."

In the JV game Mexico lost 36-34 after getting outscored 14-4 in the fourth. Scoring a team-high nine points was Mya Miller, Taylor DeMint had eight points and Kaylee Jones gave a six-point performance.

Mexico, 0-3 overall, 0-1 North Central Missouri Conference, hosts Kirksville for another league game on Dec. 11.