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Marietta girls fall to Alexander

MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times Marietta High’s Jessica Smith makes a move with the ball during a high school girls basketball game against Alexander Wednesday at Sutton Gymnasium.

After big wins Saturday and Monday over Zanesville and Warren respectively, the Marietta Lady Tigers were looking to make it three-in-a-row Wednesday night when they played host to the Alexander Lady Spartans at Sutton Gymnasium.

Unfortunately, the Tigers’ hot streak came to a screeching halt as the Spartans took advantage of some sloppy Marietta basketball to come away with a 61-45 win.

Marietta turned the ball over 15 times in the opening half and missed all six of their first half 3-point shot attempts as Alexander built a sizeable lead that they would never relinquish.

The Lady Spartans quickly jumped out to an 11-2 lead sparked by four points from Kara Meeks before the Tigers put together a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two.

Sophomore Jessica Smith got the MHS spurt going with a bucket and a free throw while Hannah Kroft finished it by scoring a bucket on a rebound and put-back.

Alexander answered with a deuce by McKenna Rice followed by a 3-pointer from Sydnie Bolin to open up a 17-9 lead after one quarter of play.

The Spartans continued to play add-on early in the second period as they stretched their lead to 11 before the Tigers scored five straight points to trim the lead to 22-16 with 2:06 to play in the half.

Jayden Mace’s field goal made it an eight- point Alexander lead before Smith and Rachel Richardson traded buckets in the closing minutes of the half to send the Spartans to the lockerroom with a 26-18 lead.

Richardson opened up the second half with yet another field goal to push the lead to double-digits before the Tigers quickly cut the lead to five on a pair of freebies by Kroft and a triple by Tia Jarvis.

That Tiger momentum would be short-lived to say the least as Mace and Mallory Rankin connected on back-to-back shots from behind the arc and Richardson scored a two-pointer to push the lead to 13.

Marietta managed to get the lead back to eight early in the fourth period on Smith’s lay-up but that would be as close as they would get as Alexander pulled away to their eighth win of the season in nine tries.

Richardson had a solid all-around game for Alexander as she finished with a game-high 21 points while also leading her team with seven rebounds and four assists.

Mace and Meeks also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.

For the second straight game Kroft was a rebounding machine for the Allen Ruth-led Tigers as she pulled down 19 to give her a total of 40 in her last two games.

Kroft also scored a team -high 16 points while making eight-of-nine free throw attempts and coming up with four steals.

Jessica Smith added 15 points for (3-5) Marietta which missed the chance to even their season record with the loss.

The Tigers will hit the road Saturday as the travel to Coshocton.

at Sutton Gym

Alexander 61 Marietta 45

AHS 17 9 17 18 — 61

MHS 9 9 14 13 — 45

ALEXANDER (8-1)

Jadyn Mace 5 1-2 12, McKenna Rice 3 0-0 7, Syndie Bolin 1 0-0 3, Rachel Richardson 6 9-12 21, Mallory Rankin 2 0-0 6, Jaide Allison 0 0-0 0, Taylor Meadows 0 2-2 2, Kara Meeks 4 2-2 10, Totals: 21 14-18 61. 3-point goals: Rankin 2, Mace 1, Rice 1, Bolin 1.

MARIETTA (3-5)

Adi Hill 0 0-0 0, Jennifer Smith 1 0-0 2, Jessica Smith 6 2-5 15, Katie Kurodi 0 0-0 0, Morgan Altenburger 3 0-1 7, Ellie Smith 1 0-0 2, Tia Jarvis 1 0-0 3, Emma Pfeiffer 0 0-0 0, Hannah Kroft 4 8-9 16, Totals: 15 10-15 45. 3-point goals: Jessica Smith 1, Jarvis 1, Altenburger 1.

Shooting: A: 21-51 (41.2 percent), M: 15-49 (30.6 percent), 3-point shooting: A: 5-13 (38.5 percent), M: 3-17 (17.6 percent). Rebounds: A: 26 (Richardson 7, Rice 6), M: 33 (Kroft 19, Jessica Smith 5), Assists: A: 11 (Richardson 4), M: 5 ( Hill 2, Jessica Smith 2), Steals: A: 8 (Rice 4), M: 12 (Jenn Smith 5, Kroft 4), Turnovers: A: 18, M: 24. Fouled Out: Hill.

JV: Alexander 38 Marietta 32

JV scoring: A: Taylor Meadows 11, Brooke Casto 8, Emma Brooks 7, Hope Richardson 6, Erin Scurlock 4, Emma Pennington 2. M: Ellie Smith 12, Jennifer Smith 9, Lakyn Secrest 5, Josie Jeffers 4, Abby Benton 2.

Next Game: Marietta at Coshocton Saturday

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