That buzzsaw that is Marion attacked the Beckman girls’ basketball team in the first of two road games last week. After trailing by 35 at halftime, 46-11, the Blazers fought back in the second half to lose by a more respectable, 68-41, Feb. 4, there.
Marion, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, never let up in the first half, sinking six treys on their way to the halftime mark. It was 22-7 at the quarter break and it didn’t help that the Blazers were ice cold from the field.
Once the continuous clock began with the start of the third quarter, the faster pace seemed to favor the Blazers. Trailing 61-22 to start the fourth, they hit treys for their first three scores in the frame added a rebound basket from Keeley Schmitt and another trey, the second from Kennedy Arens, to cut the mark to 66-37. Makayla Koelker added two free throws and a lay-in before the Indians scored their final basket of the game, ending an 11-0 run from the Blazers.
“I’m proud of our effort in the second half,” said coach Chad Thomason. “We attacked better and also played a lot better defensively. Marion is a very good team, so outscoring them in the second half (30-22) is a win for us.”
Stat leaders include: scoring — Arens 10 (two treys), Paige McDermott nine (one), Olivia Pirc eight (one), Lauren Osterhaus five (one), Koelker four, Kristi Bries three (one), Schmitt two; rebounds — McDermott five, Schmitt and Osterhaus four, Pirc three, Koelker, Bries, Arens two, Lil McDermott one; steals — Pirc and Koelker two, Paige McDermott one; blocks — Arens and Pirc one; assists — Osterhaus and Bries two, Schmitt, Paige and Lil McDermott and Pirc one.
In a trip to Mount Vernon, Feb. 7, the Blazers trailed after halftime, 29-15, but out-pointed the Mustangs in the second half 37-35, cutting their losing margin to 12, 52-64. An icy first quarter, that found them down 14-4 at the buzzer, didn’t do them any favors in the WaMaC conference game.
No individual stats for the game were available by press time.