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No. 1 Marion routs Solon Women

Lady Spartans pick up second loss, 64-18
Gabby Marty battles under the basket, as she did all night, with Marion’s Ella Van Weelden during the Indians’ 64-18 spanking of the Lady Spartans on Friday, Dec. 1, at Marion High School. (photo by Jeff Hess)

Solon Economist
MARION– On Friday, Dec. 1, the Lady Spartans found out what it is like to meet a No. 1-ranked team as they headed to Marion to face the Indians. Suffice it to say it was an eye-opening, 64-18 loss.
“I hope we can take some pride in the fact that we never gave up,” Coach Lisa Bishop said. “That Marion group has been playing together for a long time, year round. They know each other very well and have worked extremely hard on their game in the off-season. They should be rewarded and I think they will be state champs.
“Our girls need to realize that nothing is ever given to them and they need to work to accomplish their goals,” she continued. “In order to be one of the best, we have to play against the best. I think we will grow from it and it will make us tougher and stronger in the long run.”
The Indians quickly put up two points to open the game and the Lady Spartans replied with two of their own. But four minutes later, the Lady Spartans trailed by 10, 17-7.
Uncharacteristic of the previous two games, Solon ran a half-court defense only, switching to the full court press of the previous two games during the final minute of the quarter. Solon chose to dribble out the final ticks of the quarter trailing 21-7.
Marion held the Lady Spartans scoreless in the second quarter, extending their lead to 37-7. The highlight of the quarter for Solon was Saige Hauer taking an Indian charge, with about 6:30 remaining in the quarter, drawing some ire from the Lady Spartan crowd in attendance. With a little less than six minutes remaining, Hauer hip-tossed Marion’s Mia Laube during a tie-up ruled a jump ball, although Hauer was quick to assist Laube to her feet.
Hauer provided the Spartans’ first points after the scoreless quarter to make it 40-9 with a little more than 6:30 remaining in the third. Jenna LaDage pushed the Spartans to 15 points with a little less than 1:15 remaining in the third, trailing the Indians’ 51, refusing to go quietly into the fourth quarter.
Gabby Marty, her tongue cocked in the right side of her mouth, put up the Spartans’ 16th point on a free throw after flying into a forest of Marion defenders attempting a put-back. She would be responsible for Solon’s final two points of the game, again at the free throw line with a little over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, 57-18.
At the buzzer, the final was 64-18, and the Indians held the Lady Spartans to just three points in the final quarter. However, Solon battled the Indians for all 32 minutes of the game.
According to the stats, provided by the Lady Spartans’ stat sheet, Marty led the Lady Spartans scoring with seven points, three defensive rebounds and two steals; Hauer put up six of the points with two defensive rebounds and a steal; Brianna Smith was held to just three points with three assists, two defensive rebounds and a steal; and Jenna LaDage scored two points and had three rebounds. Erin Kerkhoff and Abby Smith were silent scoring both posting an assist apiece, Smith adding six rebounds to the Lady Spartans’ stats and Kerkhoff contributed two steals.
Solon committed 33 turnovers.
Coach Bishop found a silver lining in the learning experience the Lady Spartans found at the hands of the Indians. “Our girls did do a great job on the boards,” she said. “I think our defensive positioning and close-outs were much improved from Tuesday.”