Meigs Lady Marauders: Dec. 13-20

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The Meigs Lady Marauders continued to show improvement on the season, splitting their two games over the past week.

On Dec. 14 Meigs hosted the Vinton County Lady Vikings and lost a tightly contested game 56-51. The Lady Marauders who refer to themselves as “minions” due to their small stature, used team defense and speed to make up for their lack of height.

Meigs took a 39-38 lead heading into the game’s final quarter, but Vinton County would comeback late in the fourth quarter to avoid the upset. Kassidy Betzing and Madison Fields led all Marauders with 14 and 11 points respectively. Despite the loss, head coach Scott Cleland has noticed his team’s improvement from the seasons beginning.

“We are getting better at making better shot selections and going strong to the basket,” Cleland said. “Our boxing out has improved as well has our press.”

The second game of the week saw the Lady Marauders defeat the Athens Lady Bulldogs 42-33; ending a five game losing streak. From the opening tip the Lady Marauders used defense to dictate play, holding Athens to only four first-quarter points.

The Athens’ offense would begin to pick up in the second quarter, but never able to overcome the defensive pressure displayed by Meigs. The Lady Marauders had opportunities to extend their lead on the charity stripe, but only made 10 of their 30 free throw attempts. Danielle Morris led the Lady Marauders with an impressive stat line of 11 points and five rebounds.

Coach Cleland also touched on the progression of his team on and off the court.

“Chemistry is something you can’t teach and this group of girls have it,” Cleland said. “They truly care about each and see each other as a family.”

The Lady Marauders (2-6, 1-4) now enter a stretch of four straight away games, the first game will come against Wellston on Dec. 21.