Warriors held to one fourth-quarter point in loss to Meigs

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Warren’s Abbie Smith, left, goes up for a basket as Meigs’ Becca Pullins defends during a high school girls basketball game Thursday in Vincent. Meigs won, 48-38.

VINCENT — Warren High suffered a meltdown after the break.

While the host Warriors scored just 7 second-half points, Meigs High rallied from an 11-point deficit to claim a 48-38 decision in girls’ basketball action Thursday night.

“We shot the ball terrible,” said WHS head coach Amy Colgrove, whose royal blue and white cagers were 2 of 24 from the field in the second half. “I mean, we couldn’t make any shots and we weren’t moving the basketball.

“They (Marauders) didn’t do or change anything to make us not to be able to score. We had some layups we missed and some other easy shots that we were hitting in the first half. They just didn’t go in in the second half.”

Warren (11-7) shot 27 percent (14 of 52) from the floor in the contest. Sommer Saboley led the Warriors with eight points. Molly Grayson and Madison Miller each chipped in with six markers.

Senior-oriented Meigs (14-6) was paced by freshman non-starter Mallory Hawley’s 17 points.

“You know, Mallory gets plenty of minutes,” said Meigs boss Jared Kasun, who played his prep ball at Fort Frye. “When you get 28 minutes a game, you’re pretty much a starter.”

Kassidy Betzing added 13 and Marissa Noble netted 11 for the winners. The Marauders — who defeated the Warriors earlier in the season, 57-45 — shot 49 percent from the floor (22-45), and drained nine triples. Betzing and Noble each had three trifectas.

“Mallory and Kassidy are a good one-two punch,” Kasun said. “And we’re just lucky we have girls who can shoot it from the outside. We can stretch people out.”

It was a triple or nothing with a couple of freebies thrown in for good measure as Meigs staked itself to a 14-11 first-quarter advantage. Betzing had two treys, while Becca Pullins and Hawley one apiece.

The Marauders never trailed during the first eight minutes of play, but the Warriors stayed close and tied the game late, 11-11, on Olivia Alloway’s triple. The visitors from Pomeroy came back, though, and regained the lead on Betzing’s 3.

Early in the second period, Meigs stretched its lead to seven after a Betzing steal and layup.

But Warren answered that with a 9-0 run and its first lead of the contest, 21-19. During the surge, Saboley knocked down a 3; Miller converted 1 of 2 at the line; Millie Ryan made a layup; and Miller followed with a triple.

Hawley’s deuce halted the Warren run and tied the score. But then the Warriors scored six unanswered points with Abbie Smith, Saboley and Grayson all getting into the scorebook to make it 27-21.

WHS led 31-23 at the half.

At the start of the third quarter, Warren took a double-digit lead, 33-23, on Grayson’s scoop shot off the glass. The Warrior point followed that up with a runner, and Ryan’s two freebies made it 37-26 at the 5:19 mark.

Then, Warren went cold from the floor, missing 12 straight shots. While the Warriors slumped, the Marauders — sparked by Noble, Hawley, and Betzing — slowly but surely whittled away at the deficit and only trailed 37-36 going into the final period.

Meigs grabbed its first lead, 39-37, since the opening period when Noble hit a 3 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Warren cut it to one on a free-throw by Saboley — and as it turned out that would be the home team’s only scoring in the stanza as the Warriors were 0 of 11 from the field.

“We really gutted it out in the second half,” Kasun said. “We’re not big physically but we played hard. They (Warriors) slowed the ball down a little bit. Our defense was good. We rebounded the ball better in the second half and we made some shots. After winning in this gymnasium, I’m super proud of my girls.”