Last-second free throw sinks Warrior girls at W. Trinity

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
A late free throw by Trinity Academy’s Liz Adams was enough to give the Knights a 41-40 win over the Marion Warriors last Tuesday night in Wichita.

“We just didn’t adjust well in the first half,” Marion coach Jerry Smith said. “They were playing a gimmick defense, and more or less daring the players who don’t normally shoot the ball to shoot.

“When we finally got used to what they were doing, we were already in a deep hole.”

From the onset, it didn’t look good for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points at the end of the first half.

In the third quarter, Marion battled back and closed the margin to six points heading into the final quarter.

The Warriors outscored the Knights in the fourth period and took the lead, but Marion’s Brandi Peterie fouled Adams with seconds remaining, sending her to the free-throw line, where she connected on one of two charity shots to claim the win.

Smith said he was proud of the way his team played.

“I thought the kids off the bench played well for us,” Smith said. “We only allowed two field goals in the entire second half.”

Despite holding Trinity Academy to just two field goals, the Knights connected on 12-of-19 from the free-throw line.

Marion’s Maggie Powers led the Warriors with 12 points, two steals, two rebounds and one assist.

Coming-Marion is 5-3 in the Cottonwood Valley League and 9-9 overall.

The Warriors traveled to Council Grove yesterday and will finish their regular season at home against Chase County on Friday.

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