Girls Varsity Basketball · Girls Varsity Basketball falls to Margaretta 75 – 70

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Lady Fliers Drop an overtime thriller to Margaretta 75-70.
Throughout tonight’s ‘barn burner’ in the Nancy E. Hanger Gymnasium, our scrappy Lady Fliers seemed to be playing uphill. A good Margaretta team with a new coach for the first time in two decades maintained a modest to comfortable lead over our girls. A deep bench provided the Lady Bears with a significant scoring advantage. Eight Bears finished in the scoring column with four scoring in double figures.
Despite the edge in Bench depth, our girls led by Heidi Marshall’s game leading 25 points clawed and fought valiantly to slowly bring themselves to within a few points by the end of the third quarter. Alayna Barerra did a great offensive job with her season high 15 points including three bombs! Going into the frantic fourth, Coach David Lozier’s Blue and Gold damsels trailed 54-50. Did they have enough to climb out of the game long goal??
Yes, they sure did! With a great assist on defense by a hustling sophomore Marissa Stockmaster plus tighter pressure applied by the five starters, the Lady Fliers nearly scored a ‘ how about that come from behind Victory’. With Heidi pouring in seven clutch points, Alicia four more and Alayna canning a Big trey, our girls were on the verge of a 65-62 regulation win with less than 25 seconds to go!
Unfortunately, despite applying intense pressure around the three point line, the Bears’ Jenna Yost with time running out hit a three point game tying buzzer beater. After all that effort going uphill throughout the game, the Yost dagger may have been just enough to help the deeper Bears to bring just enough energy to escape with a 75-70 overtime triumph.
One of the huge keys to the game was Margaretta’s surreal free throw performance. The green team hit 18-19 including 8 of 8 in the crucial overtime period. The Fliers certainly were not shabby hitting 18 of 23, but the Bears’ firepower depth was just enough to pull out the best game the Fliers( 1-3) have played. This against a team which lost by just three to Lake power Bellevue last week.
Disappointment certainly leaves a bad taste in the losing team’s mouths. However, to those who watched our girls fight so hard just to be rudely let down in overtime, we know that if our girls as young as they are on the bench, can keep growing and believing, they should be able to attain many of their goals for the season.
Our junior varsity was no match for the junior Bears. Now 1-3 also, the Lady Fliers lost 62-24.
Our girls travel to Norwalk Saturday for another matinee battle with a Lake foe. Our varsity remains 1-0 in the Conference and look to go up 2-0 with a win over the Lady Truckers!
Thanks, Lady Fliers, for a truly great effort! Almost, but not quite tonight!
Thanks to our huge pep band for playing ‘ lights out’ in support of the Lady Fliers!