BATH TOWNSHIP — Marion Local went to the boards early, often and to the final buzzer.
The Flyers totally dominated the glass in a 44-38 victory over Lima Senior in first game of the Bath Kewpee Tip-Off Tournament Friday at Bath.
“That’s always one of my points of emphasis,” Marion Local coach Beth Streib said. “We knew they had a couple of big girls and we knew we had to box out.’’
In the second game of the night, Bath outscored New Knoxville 10-2 in overtime to post a 49-41 victory.
There will no championship game today or consolation game in the tournament because of Marion Local playing in the football regional championship game.
Instead, Marion Local will play New Knoxville at 3 p.m. today at Bath.
In the 4:30 p.m. game, Lima Senior will meet Bath.
All teams will play two games, but no champion will be crowned.
Marion Local outrebounded Lima Senior 41-27, including 18-10 on the offensive end.
“That’s one thing I talked about (after the game with the girls),” Lima Senior coach Vince Halliday said. “You can’t give that point second-chance points.
“Overall, Marion got the pace of the game that they wanted. They slowed things down in the second half. Our offense got stale and they locked in, defensively. We only scored 12 points in the second half.’’
Alana Pohlman led the Flyers with 14 points and nine rebounds.
“She’s (Pohlman) very versatile,” Streib said. “She works hard and is athletic. She plays hard all the time.’’
Sammy Hoelscher had 10 points. Heidi Rethman added nine points and seven rebounds.
For the Spartans, point guard Nakiya Sigman had 13 points, two 3-pointers, and six assists.
A.J. Bullock had four points and seven rebounds. Cheyanne Bean had six points and five rebounds.
In the opening game, Lima Senior went out to a 12-9 first-quarter lead.
The Spartans led 26-21 at the half.
But Marion Local continued to get the offensive boards and outscored the Spartans 12-7 in the third quarter to get within 33-32 after three.
Marion Local’s man-to-man also prevented the Spartans from flying inside to the basket.
“They really clogged down the paint more in the second half and we weren’t able to get any flow and we weren’t able to get anything in transition,” Halliday said.
The game was close the final eight points.
Marion Local’s Molly Rethman hit a putback with 1:55 to go to give the Flyers the lead to stay 40-38.
The Flyers scored their final four points at the foul line.
Hoelscher’s two free throws with 19 seconds to go made it 44-38.
Sigman had eight points and four assists at the half.
Pohlman had 11 points at the half for the Flyers.
“There’s a lot we need to work on,” Streib said. “At times we looked really good and at times we looked really ugly. For the first game, I’m happy to get the ‘W.’ ’’
Lima Senior come back to play today, but not in the traditional consolation game.
“We have to believe in what we’re doing, we have to execute better and we have to finish around the rim,” Halliday said.
New Knoxville 41 (OT)
Bath’s Ja’Dasia Hardison dropped two 3-pointers down the stretch to power the Wildkittens to a 49-41 overtime victory over New Knoxville.
Hardison canned a long 3-pointer to tie the game at 39 with 35 seconds to go.
That sent the game into overtime.
Then, Hardison hit a 3-pointer with 2:35 left in overtime to give the Wildkittens a 43-39 lead.
Bath’s Chandler Clark gave Bath the lead to stay with a free throw to make it 40-39 with 3:40 left in OT.
Clark led Bath with 16 points.
Hardison added 14 points. Madelyn Renner scored nine.
“We’re a young team with no seniors and we’re trying to grow and learn,” Bath coach Greg Mauk said. “We got some really good time off the bench from some freshmen. All in all, I thought our energy was good.’’
For the Rangers, 5-foot-11 Megan Jurosic led the way with 15 points. Ellie Gable had 12 points.
Bath ran out to an 11-2 lead and led 14-4 after the first quarter.
The Wildkittens held a 26-17 lead at the half.
But the Rangers went inside to Jurosic and outscored Bath 8-0 to start the third quarter to get within 26-25. Jurosic had six of those points.
Bath led 33-32 after three quarters.