Lady Marauders Bounce Back with Win; Dominate Lady Eagles

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After dropping three straight, the Meigs Lady Marauders entered Monday night  desperately needing a win. They got that win, and then some against the Eastern Lady Eagles, putting up perhaps their most complete game of the season.

Not only did they beat the 9-5 Lady Eagles, this game was over by halftime. How did they pull off the dominant, 61-35 performance? A combination of threes finally falling, and lights out passing from the Lady Marauders.

Leading the way was the duo of Kassidy Betzing and Mallory Hawley. The pair combined for 33 points in the win and had their squad in complete control from the tip off.

The biggest story was that this was a team win for Meigs. The maroon and gold played like a team, and looked like they were having fun. Coach Jarrod Kasun after the game mentioned their deflating loss to Vinton County last week, and that this certainly seems like the kind of win the team needed.

It can’t be overlooked that this impressive win came against a solid Eastern Squad, and certainly caught Eagles fans off guard. The keys to Eastern’s lackluster performance had more to do with the effort that their opponent showed.

Despite wanting to take the win in this cross-county rivalry game, once the opponent starts nailing threes and playing lockdown defense, there’s only so much you can do. It was certainly a frustrating night for coach Parker of the Eastern Lady Eagles. His squad clearly wanted it, but when their effort couldn’t translate to the scoreboard; the game quickly got out of hand.

It’s hard to take many positives from Eastern’s performance, but Parker can’t be mad at their fight as the game got out of hand. The defense certainly stepped up late in the first half, and that effort was carried into the second.

The scoring load for the green and white was once again put on the shoulders of Alyson Bailey. Bailey responded well in terms of the fight she continued to show on the court. While only putting up 15 points, the bulk of her shots came in the first quarter and the fourth. 

While this loss will certainly stick with the Lady Eagles until their next matchup against Trimble, the Lady Marauders are certainly hoping to use the momentum from this game in their next game at Alexander. Coach Kasun talked about the importance of team momentum going into such a tough environment. It’s safe to say that this dominant performance might be the kickstart they need to go on a late season run.

On Thursday, Meigs will head to Alexander and Eastern will host Trimble.