Marinette’s Alex Cording shoots over a Shawano defender
in the second half Tuesday night. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Marinette’s Alex Cording shoots over a Shawano defender in the second half Tuesday night.
EagleHerald/Jody Korch
MARINETTE - It was fitting that defense led to the winning points for the Marinette girls' basketball team Tuesday night.
Marinette beat Shawano 36-33 in overtime for its second straight Bay Conference victory.
Trailing 33-32, Alex Cording made a steal and dished to Kierstin Metzner for a layup and the lead with 2:54 left. The Marines forced a Shawano turnover with six seconds left, and Cassie Hilbert hit two free throws.
"Our defense is what won this game," Marinette coach Luke Maulding said. "With all the turnovers and mistakes we had, we didn't once hang our heads."
Megan Klitzke's long desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer drew iron but bounced off.
"It was a good shot," Shawano coach Ryan Koenig said. "Just didn't bounce our way."
The Marines fed off the parents' night festivities for a 9-2 lead. Despite starting the second quarter with six turnovers before attempting a shot, the Marines maintained the lead throughout the half.
"I'm really proud of our girls tonight," Maulding said. "They took a lot of criticism from me and the coaches tonight offensively and protecting the ball. It shows they're growing because they're willing to accept that criticism."
Marinette committed 31 turnovers, but in overtime the Marines had just one while Shawano had five.
Shawano made four of six free throws to briefly take the lead in the third quarter. There were three ties and one lead change in the fourth period. Cording made a steal and layup for a 26-24 Marine lead with 6:10 left. She then lost the ball but stole it back and scored for a 28-24 lead. Abby Dufrane's free throw boosted the lead to 29-24 with 4:32 left.
Briana Boda's bucket and a 3-pointer by Courtney Vomastic tied the game with 3:42 left. Boda drove to the hoop for a two-point Hawks lead with 1:38 remaining, but Hilbert answered 21 seconds later.
"You spend a lot of energy digging out," Koenig said. "We were sluggish tonight - very sluggish."
Shawano played a 3-2 zone in the first half and switched to a 1-3-1 after halftime in an attempt to pick up the defensive intensity.
Cording led the Marines with 12 points and a bunch of steals. Hilbert added nine and Metzner had six points.
Since snapping a 26-game losing streak, the Marines have won two straight and three of their last eight. The team is playing with more and more poise.
"That's what won us the game," Maulding said. "We know how to win. We know the situations we need to be in. We execute them."
Marinette improved to 3-1 overall, 3-11 in the Bay. Shawano, whose coach played and coached at UW-Marinette, is 4-10 and 5-14.
The Marine junior varsity lost 35-31 in overtime. Claire Carviou led the Marines with 11 points and Marissa Mailand added seven.
The Marine freshmen won 38-20. Kaylee Kriedeman led the Marines with 12 and Makayla Bell added 10.
SHAWANO (33) - Megan Klitzke 3, Morgan Klitzke 2, Vomastic 3, Boda 8, Hokenstad 5, Kurtz 12. FGs: 12-48; FTs: 7-11
MARINETTE (36) - Bohan 1, Cording 12, Lambie 3, Dufrane 1, Hilbert 9, Corry 0, Metzner 6, Veriha 0, Kuffel 4. FGs: 14-33; FTs: 7-15
Shawano 9 4 8 10 2 - 33
Marinette 13 5 4 9 5 - 36