Lady Marlins sweep tourney
In three days – Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 10-12 – the Lady Marlins improved their overall court record from 10-2 to 15-2, taking all five of their games at the Best of the Bay Tournament in Aransas Pass and the first-place trophy for the basketball tournament.
It was the second tournament the ladies have taken the first-place trophy in (the Marlin Classic, Nov. 19-21); they also won third place in the Granger Tournament (Dec. 3-5).
The Lady Marlins led off against the Lady Greyhounds of Taft on Thursday, taking an early 17-4 lead and extending that lead all the way through the game. They won going away, 60-14.
Emily Scott (22 points) and Katelin Dupnik (13) were the double-digit scorers. Tarryn Murray followed with 8, Anna Roberson with 6, Kalani Balcom with 5, Samantha Richardson with 4 and Chelsea Perez with 2.
Scoring by quarters
1 2 3 4 F
PA 17 18 13 12 60
THS 4 6 0 4 14
Later on Thursday the Lady Marlins took on the Angels from Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, turning in a convincing 48-27 win. The Lady Marlins outscored the Angels 30-4 in the first half and were able to relax some in the second half of the game. The Angels hit 23 points in the second half, but were unable to catch up with the Port Aransas ladies.
Dupnik and Balcom were the doubledigit scorers in this game with 17 and 10 points, respectively. Murray and Reba Armanovs each put in 6 and Perez and Abby Kenigsberg contributed 4 each. Scott hit 1 free throw. Scoring by quarters
|1 2||3 4 F|
|PA||15 15||6 12 48|
|IWA||2 2 13 10 27|
On Friday, the Lady Marlins took on the host 3A Lady Panthers from Aransas Pass, finding things tougher during the first half as they managed only a 1-point lead at halftime, 22-21. The ladies came back to the court with a vengeance after the break, however, putting in 17 points in the third quarter while holding the Lady Panthers to only 3, and hitting 15 in the final period for a 54-35 win.
Murray hit for 19 to lead the Lady Marlins scoring column, while Scott put in 15. Dupnik contributed 6, and Perez and Armanovs hit 4 apiece. Kenigsberg hit 3, Rachael Phillips hit 2 and Balcom hit 1 to round out the scoring. Scoring by quarters
|1 2||3 4 F|
|PA||8 14 17 15 54|
|AP||9 12||3 11 35|
The Port Aransas girls came up against the Lady Longhorns of Agua Dulce in the fourth game of the tourney, on Saturday, handing them a 43-8 defeat. The Marlins held the Agua Dulce girls scoreless in the first period while putting up 15 points themselves; the second period was 12-1, for a 27-1 lead at the end of the first half. Scoring settled down in the second half, but the Lady Marlins still came out ahead on the scoring, contributing to the final.
Murray was the only Marlin doubledigit scorer, putting in 15 points. Scott followed with 7 and Perez and Phillips put in 6 each. Roberson contributed 4, Balcom hit 3 and Armanovs dropped in 2 points. Scoring by quarters
|PA||15 12||8||8 43|
In the game for the tournament title, against the Odem Lady Owls, the girls again sprinted to an early lead, putting in 14 points in the first quarter against Odem’s 5. They continued to lead the scoring throughout the game, turning in a convincing 46-23 win for the tourney blue ribbon.
Scott, with 15, and Perez, with 13, led the Lady Marlins. Phillips scored 9, Murray put in 6, Balcom hit for 2 and Armanovs hit 1. Scoring by quarters
|1 2||3||4 F|
|PA||14 12 12||8 46|
|OHS||5 10||2||6 23|
Lady Marlins coach Stephanie Cowen called this a “great tournament year.”
“I am so proud of our kids,” she continued. “We have had to face some early challenges and have responded well.”
Among those challenges recently have been injuries, which have forced the Lady Marlins to play without starters in a few games.
“We continue to have a variety of people come up big for us in each game,” Cowen said. “Emily Scott really took off this weekend. She always plays a large number of minutes and handles the ball well, but this weekend she really found her shooting touch and became more of a scoring threat again.
“I was also pleased with the play of our underclassmen. They are continuing to improve with each game.”
Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 18, the Lady Marlins will face Highland Avenue Christian School of Aransas Pass. Those girls were runners-up last year for the Texas Association of Private Schools state championship. Game time at Doyle Marek Gym is 4:30 p.m.