Lady Eagles notch win over Brethren

January 17, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The Marion girls basketball team stayed within reach of visiting Mason County Eastern Tuesday night, even taking the lead on a few occasions. The Lady Eagles weren’t quite able to stay ahead for long however, as they dropped the West Michigan ‘D” tilt 33-27.

“This was a game of runs that we could not get on the right side of,” head coach Matt LaGrow said. “MCE would go up a few points and we would fight our way back to tie or to take a small lead, we just could not get over the hump and pull out the victory.”

Marion trailed 8-3 after the first and was behind 13-11 at the half. After three Marion had pulled within 21-20 but MCE had the upper-hand in the fourth.

“We did not shoot the ball particularly well, but they had some good size in the middle that altered a lot of our shots,” LaGrow said. “I thought we played very hard and competed well for the second straight game and I feel like we are now playing with a more consistent energy and effort level. Our shots are not always going to fall for us, but if we play with the type of energy and effort we displayed this game, we will compete with anyone on our schedule. That is fun, regardless of the outcome.”

Leading the way in the game was Isabelle Bontekoe with 14 points and eight rebounds, Katlin Booms had nine points, Stella Henderson had eight rebounds and Tashawa Switalski had five rebounds.

On Thursday, Jan. 10 the Lady Eagles played a conference game in Brethren, where they pulled off a 40-29 victory.

“We still have some things to work on, but this was by far our most consistent game of the season,” LaGrow said. “We played tough, competitive and aggressive basketball the entire night. We did a good job of keeping our composure when Brethren would make a run. Our transition offense was the best we’ve had all year, we were able to push the ball up the court and get some good looks. We also did a nice job of getting into our offense when the break was not there.”

The Eagles held a slim 7-6 lead after the first quarter but gained a double digit lead by the half, 21-9. That lead was trimmed to 28-20 after three but Marion closed it out with a 12-9 scoring edge in the fourth.

“All of our kids were able to get in the scoring column,” LaGrow said. “The aggressiveness was on both sides of the ball as we shot 18 free throws and had four kids finish with no fewer than four fouls.”

Bontekoe led the team with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Henderson had nine points and eight boards, Booms had nine points, Chloe Philo had four points and five rebounds, Switalski added six points, Lexi Salisbury was good for two points and five boards and Emily Krchmar netted two points.

Marion (2-5 overall, 1-4 WMD) was at Walkerville on Thursday, heads to Mesick on Monday and hosts Big Rapids Crossroads on Friday.

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