Lady Marauders Use Defense in Win Over Lady Lancers

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Scrappy, physical play led to both the Meigs Lady Marauders and the Federal Hocking Lady Lancers to accumulate over 20 fouls throughout the game.

In the end, the Lady Marauders fought through with a 62-41 victory over the Lady Lancers.

From the opening tip, the game held much confusion. The officials accidentally had the two teams go in the wrong direction leading to Meigs scoring on its own basket, which was never taken off the board.

After the early mistake, the two teams continued committing foul after foul, creating a hostile environment leaving girls on the floor fighting for a loose ball.

The hard-fought play led to a tight game early as the Lady Lancers took an early 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Eventually the Lady Marauders’ press took over, proving too much for the Lady Lancers.

In speaking with Meigs’ coach Scott Cleland after the game, he stated that right now the defense is definitely the strong suit of his team. He further explained that throughout the season the team will look to put a lot of pressure on the ball.

The Lady Marauders also used the team’s roster size in their win. Meigs rotated 13 girls into the game, 12 of which scored. Kassidy Betzing and Ali Hatfield led the Marauders.

Betzing served as the main defensive force for Meigs. Betzing tallied four points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out five assists. On the contrary, Hatfield contributed a lot on offense. She put up 11 points and snagged five rebounds.

The Lady Marauders (1-1) play next Saturday, Nov. 28 at Belpre, hoping to show their strong defense once again. The Lady Lancers (0-1) hosts Eastern next Monday, Nov. 30.