Updated Sun, Dec 15, 2013 10:52 am
The ladies from Heidelberg handed the Pioneers their second consecutive loss, defeating them 78-69 Saturday night in Tiffin, Ohio.
The Student Princes scored the first bucket of the game and did not trail until Marietta’s Mackenzie Kiser hit a jump shot with 44 seconds to take the 30-29 lead in the first half.
Heidelberg then tied the game up with a free throw, but Marietta scored the final four points of the half and went into the locker room with a 34-30 lead.
Capitalizing on a couple of Berg turnovers, the Pioneers pushed their lead to as much as 13 with 15:20 remaining in the game. After a 13-3 run by the Student Princes, the lead for coach Stacia Shrider and company was cut to three midway through the second half.
With 4:30 left in the game, Carli Patrick for Berg converted a layup to tie the game at 62. Then Kathleen Phillips hit a jumper and Heidelberg did not look back.
Juniors Heather Booth and Candice Alexander did all they could to keep the Pioneers in the game. Booth had a season-high 21 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Alexander finished with 13 points and six boards. Tori Dixon also chipped in with 12 points.
Heidelberg’s Kathleen Phillips led all scorers with 24 points while collecting six rebounds and six steals. Allie Hawkins also helped out by adding 16 points of her own.
Marietta once again dominated on the glass, outrebounding Heidelberg 42-27. The Pioneers also only committed two turnovers while forcing 17. It was that late stretch that pushed the Student Princes to victory.
Marietta will battle Muskingum University on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 18, with a 7:30 p.m. tip time.