Buzzer beating layup propels Lady Eagles over Mesick

January 24, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Marion had its first half lead slip away. The Lady Eagles got the final word however, as they claimed a 46-45 girls basketball Western Michigan D Conference win over Mesick.

“I am very proud of our girls, they just never gave up and just kept grinding it out,” head coach Matt LaGrow said.
Marion led most of the first half, and held edges of 12-9 after the first quarter and 23-17 at the half.

The Lady Bulldogs rallied to pull ahead 33-29 at the end of the third quarter however.

“We had a six point lead at the half, but Mesick really took it to us in the third and took a seven point lead on us,” LaGrow said. “A big three pointer late in the third by Aspen LaGrow got us within striking distance and the girls played very well in the fourth to close it out.”

The Eagles found themselves down 45-44 in the closing seconds, but Isabelle Bontekoe got a lay-up to find the bottom of the basket on an inbounds pass from Emily Krchmar to give Marion the lead and ultimately the win.

“We started and finished the game strong, with the first and fourth quarters being our best basketball,” LaGrow said. “We have been playing some very close games lately and those helped prepare our girls to keep their composure in some tough situations.”

Bontekoe led the team with 18 points and six rebounds, LaGrow added nine points, Stella Henderson had five points and nine boards, Katlin Booms had five points and Krchmar had three points, all on fourth quarter free throws and six rebounds. Tashawa Switalski had three points. LaGrow also commended the defensive play of Lexi Salisbury and Chloe Philo.
On Thursday, Jan. 17 the Eagles were on the other end of a one point game, falling 38-37 in a West Michigan D game at Walkerville

“Although we lost a close one, I thought we played hard and if we continue to compete like we did this game, we will be in most games,” LaGrow said. “I feel both teams improved since the first time we played.”

The Eagles were behind 10-6 after the first quarter and 18-14 at the half, but led 27-25 entering the fourth before Walkerville took the lead in the closing minutes.

“Both teams were physical and played tough defense, but we only shot 10 free throws to their 30,” LaGrow said. “We will have to keep them off of the free throw line next time we play if we are going to give ourselves a legitimate shot at coming out of there with a victory. Every player got into the scoring category, on a night we struggled finishing at the basket.”

Leadnig the way was Salisbury with nine points, Bontekoe had seven points and 18 rebounds, Krchmar had six points and four rebounds, Henderson had five points and four rebounds, Booms tracked down nine rebounds and Switalski had five rebounds.
Marion (3-6 overall, 2-4 WMD) hosts Big Rapids Crossroads tonight (Friday) hosts Bear Lake on Tuesday and hosts Manistee Catholic Central Feb. 4.



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