Lady Eagles fall to Walkerville in overtime despite Bontekoe’s double double

December 20, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The Marion girls basketball team couldn’t play the role of early season spoiler in its road game at Pentwater Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles were playing on the West Michigan ‘D’ League favorites home court, falling 60-28.

“Pentwater has a really nice team this year and might be the favorite to win the conference, along with Bear Lake,” head coach Matt LaGrow said. “I thought we played well at times and got ourselves into some really good positions to hit some shots. We did have a few too many unforced errors though and against a good team, they are going to make you pay for those.”

The Eagles fell behind 22-7 after the first quarter and looked at deficits of 37-16 and 48-18 at the half and third quarter breaks.
Isabelle Bontekoe led the team with 10 points and 11 rebounds, Katlin Booms had seven points and five boards, Stella Henderson added four points and eight rebounds and Tashawa Switalski had five points and four rebounds.

On Thursday, Dec. 13 Marion hosted Walkerville and dropped a hard-fought conference game in overtime, 28-26.
The Eagles led 12-7 after the first quarter and 18-13 at the half but couldn’t hold that advantage.

“We played a really good first quarter and then kind of put it on cruise control and allowed Walkerville to hang around,” LaGrow said. “We got lulled into a slower paced game and never really established ourselves as the aggressive, attacking team. Also, we only went two-of-11 from the free throw line. This eventually cost us in the end.”

The Wildcats pulled within 22-21 entering the fourth and knotted things up 24-all after a low-scoring fourth quarter. The Eagles could manage just two points in the extra session, allowing Walkerville to escape with the win.

“Our kids stepped up defensively to give ourselves a couple chances to take the lead at the end of regulation and executed the plays very well, but we just could not finish the shots,” LaGrow said.

Leading the way was Bontekoe with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Henderson had eight points and four rebounds and Booms added four points.

Marion (1-3 overall, 0-3 WMD) returns to action Jan. 3 at McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

“We definitely have some things to work on over Christmas break, and I think we will work hard, and make some nice strides moving forward,” LaGrow said.

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