Lady Marlins claim Classic title
Banquete took second place in the tourney, with Sinton in third place. Kenedy and McMullen County also played in the tournament.
Coach Stephanie Cowen said the tournament was valuable experience for the team. “We need to be in these difficult games. It will help us prepare for district.”
Indeed, in the second game Thursday, Nov. 19, the Lady Marlins took the Sinton Lady Pirates by only three field goals, 56-50, and in the final game of the tournament they won 45-43 over the Banquete Lady Bulldogs.
Cowen said the Lady Marlins let the Sinton height change their shots, putting them at a 22-9 deficit at the end of the first quarter.
However, coaches pointed out to players the need to get back in the game. Katelin Dupnik led that effort with 20 points from the floor and 10 for 11 from the free throw line.
Rachael Phillips contributed “some well-timed 3-pointers” to put the Lady Marlins within four points by the start of the fourth quarter, and Tarryn Murray (the tournament’s most valuable player) dropped in 15 points in the second half to contribute to the win.
“I was so proud of the way our kids competed,” Cowen said. “They were not going to be beat, and we found a way to win. I’m sure this win will be a game we reference many times during the season.” PA 9 14 18 25 56 SHS 22 10 13 5 50
The final game pitted the Lady Marlins, at 3-0, against Banquete, also undefeated during the tournament.
“Early in the ball game, Katelin (Dupnik) went down with an ankle injury, and it forced other players to step up,” Cowen said. “Emily Scott has continued to improve at the point guard position. She is limiting turnovers and getting us in our sets, and that was key against a team as good as Banquete.”
“We knew (Banquete) would make a run, and they did in the fourth quar- ter,” Cowen said. “We were able to pull out the victory, 45-43.”
Cowen also credited Reba Armanovs’ defensive play and perimeter threat with contributing throughout the tournament.
“We learned so much about our team this weekend, and our team has improved so much in these four games,” she said.
Scoring by Quarters
|BHS||12 10 6||15||43|
Rounding out the tournament were games gainst Kenedy and McMullen County with scoring as follows.
Port Aransas VS. Kenedy
Scoring by Quarters
|PA||15 13 21||13||62|
Port Aransas vs. McMullen CountyScoring by Quarters
|PA||13 17 15||9||54|
|MCHS||11 12 2||15||40|