Updated: Sep 4, 2019
On Saturday, February 9th, Marlington girls played Minerva, the top team in the district, at home. The game was intense and fast paced for the girls, and after going into overtime, Marlington was able to pull out a 38-36 win.
With the first quarter starting the battle between the two teams, Marlington kept their heads in the game and forced many turnovers on defense and got rebounds off the boards. Although having a rough time the first quarter of the game, Minerva eventually pulled a 7-0 lead, and the quarter ended 13-5 Minerva.
The second quarter was for the Dukes. Alivia Lepley led the comeback along with fantastic offense from Allison Lacher. Sierra Thompson also stepped up the Lady Dukes’ game with clutch passes within the quarter, changing the pace of the game and giving the Dukes a two point lead going into half with the score being 19-17.
As the beginning of the third commenced, Marlington and Minerva fought for the lead. Marlington held it for most of the time but Minerva kept the game close the whole time. Minerva prevailed and by the end of the third Minerva was up by 6 with the score being 30-24.
During the fourth, Marlington pulled the lead again by moving the ball and with excellent defense from Lacher and Mary Mason. As the game became closer between the teams, the gym started to light up with excitement. Each bucket could mean a win and each missed bucket could signify a lost for either team. Maria Ferrett made a clutch three with 45 seconds left in the fourth. It was 36-36 going into overtime for the first time this season.
Marlington went with its starters and played hard and aggressive for the full 4 minutes in overtime. Lepley was the only one to score in overtime, ending the game 38-36. Lepley had 15 points while Lacher followed close behind with 10 points.