Warrior girls split pair at snow-shortened Berean tourney

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ANDREW JOST
After coasting over Douglass in the opening round of Berean’s Eli J. Walter Invitational, the Marion Warrior girls were unable to outlast Burrton Thursday night, falling to the Chargers, 54-50.

After a slow start, the Warriors trailed by six early in the first quarter.

“We started out kind of flat,” coach Daryl Enos said. “We didn’t put too many points on the board, but we still had 11 at the end of the quarter.

It was basically a one-point ballgame all night.”

The Warriors hung tight through the first half, and at the break, they trailed Burrton by a narrow margin, 32-29.

Despite building a five-point lead in the third quarter, their biggest of the night, the Warriors could never quite put all the pieces together.

“Really, in the first half we had I think a total of five turnovers,” Enos said.”For the game, we ended up with 21. That kind of hurt us.

“We were kind of making a run, and we just couldn’t get over the hump there.”

Nevertheless, Marion’s coach saw a more costly flaw in his team’s performance.

“Rebounds, 26 total-that just killed us,” he said. “We just tend to go to the ball instead of finding a body and putting our body on them.”

Entering the fourth quarter, the Warriors held a two-point advantage, 39-37.

“We went down to the wire and had to foul them,” Enos said.

Of the Warriors’ 15 attempts from the free-throw line, they connected on 11. On the other end, Burrton earned 20 points off 28 attempts.

“We had it in our hands,” Enos said. “We just couldn’t hold to it.”

Burrton’s Jodi Wright might have been the difference. Wright scored a game-high 25 points, 11 of which came at the line.

“As the game was going on I thought we were doing a better job on her than we did,” Enos said. “She scored 25 on us-that kind of hurt.”

Leading the Warriors, Caitlin O’Dell and Brandie Peterie-Shipman each had 11 points. Toni Gordon had seven.

“I was hoping (Brandie) would be around 20,” Enos said. “That’s kind of where she needs to be.”

In spite of the loss, one player in particular rose to the forefront of Enos’s mind.

“(Courtney Geis) had six points for us, which is far and above her best game, and she had a couple of good boards,” he said. “That was probably her best game of the season.”

As a team, the Warriors (8-4) made 19 of 47 field goal attempts for a respectable 40 percent. Defensively, the team captured 10 steals.

“We came up on the wrong end, but I wasn’t disappointed with our effort,” Enos said. “They played a pretty good game.”

Douglass-The Marion girls’ offense dominated Douglass in Tuesday night’s first-round game at Berean, 94-66.

The Warriors shot 49 percent from the field, but never connected from 3-point range in the 28-point rout. Offensively, nine girls contributed points for Marion.

Brandie Peterie-Shipman scorched the nets with 36 points, hitting 12 of 15 field-goal attempts for 80 percent and a perfect 12 of 12 from the free-throw line. Peterie-Shipman also owned the boards with 14 rebounds and led her team with four steals.

As a team, Marion cleared the glass for 38 rebounds and completed 28 of 37 attempts (76 percent) at the free-throw line.

Postponement-Saturday night’s third-round game between the Marion Warriors and the Knights of Sunrise Academy was postponed due to hazardous winter conditions.

The game, which will decide third-place in the tournament, has been rescheduled for 6:15 p.m., Saturday.

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