In a close, hard-fought game the Marion Warriors lost 44-39 to Hutch Trinity tonight. However, coach Randy Savage said the Warriors showed improvement from previous games.
?It?s better,? he said. ?The good thing is they don?t think it?s better because it?s still a loss.?
Hutch Trinity?s Celtics scored first with a little under six minutes left in the first period, but the Warriors followed suit. They tied the game 2-2, and tied it again 4-4 only a couple minutes later with 4:41 left in the period. A free throw from the Celtic?s Ashley Zrubek gave them a one point lead, which the Warriors took back only a minute later, 6-5.
A three-point shot from Warrior standout Whitney Gordon gave them a 13-8 lead with just seconds left in the period.
The Warriors continued to lead going into the second period, but the Celtics? Rachel Vieyra made two free throws off a foul to bring the Celtics to within two points, 15-13. The Celtics boasted 66.7 percent free throw shooting in the first half, close to the game percentage of 63.6 percent, and those points came back to hurt the Warriors.
Lizzie Degner of the Celtics sank two free throws with 3:36 left in the half to take back the lead, which the Celtics managed to hang on to with a two-point buzzer shot. The Warriors went into the locker room at halftime with the Celtics leading by just three points, 24-21.
The game started to slip away from the Warriors as they went into the second half, though they never trailed by more than six points and often drew within four or two points. A three-point shot from the Celtics with only a minute left in the third period was quickly answered by another long three-pointer buzzer shot from Gordon, making the score 30-36 at the end of the third period.
With 6:43 left in the game Gordon made another basket to cut the Celtic?s lead to four, and less than two minutes later she drew the Warriors to within three points, 38-35.
Tension on the court and in the stands grew as the game clock ticked down to only a minute left and the Celtics still hung on to a narrow lead. With a minute left in the game Gordon reduced the lead to three points, 40-37, and with 35 seconds left she sank another basket to make the score 40-39.
However, the Celtics? Kaylin Labenz made a free throw to extend their lead by one with four seconds left in the game. The Celtics made another basket and then Degner made another free throw with two seconds left to make the final score, 44-39.
Coach Savage said turnovers and silly fouls kept the Warriors from that extra edge they needed to win tonight, but added that the Warriors? 40 percent shooting average is a lot better. He also spoke positively of the Warriors? Gordon, whom he said made some big plays even though, ?she?s the one everyone tries to stop.?
Gordon was well in the double digits for the evening with 20 points. Two Celtics players also made double digits, with Degner scoring 10 and Vieyra leading for the Celtics with 14 points.