Girls Basketball: Marian Catholic handles Trinity
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org January 15, 2013 11:32PM
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:28AM
There wasn’t a whole lot Marian Catholic forward Megan Walsh could do to help the Spartans early on in Tuesday’s battle against visiting Trinity.
The Blazers didn’t do a whole lot of missing.
When the shots stopped falling, however, Walsh gave them few second chances. Add to that a healthy dose of offense, and it was a pretty complete night for the Truman State-bound senior as Marian prevailed 54-41.
“I just tried to do my best to get the rebounds. I’m the tallest one on the team, so I feel that’s my biggest role. And I do what I can do help push transition.” said Walsh, who finished with 12 points, 10 boards and three blocks for the No. 1 Spartans (18-1). Kauai Bradley added nine points and seven rebounds, Ashton Millender nine points and Briana Narcissi seven points for the winners.
Trinity (14-3) was paced by Taylor Nazon (14 points) and Shannon McGinnis (9 points, 8 rebounds).
The Blazers caught an early wave of outside shooting success, Annie McKenna, McGinnins and Mary Dillon each connecting for threes during a first quarter in which they emerged with a 17-14 lead.
Down 19-14 after Trinity scored to open the second, the Spartans counter-punched with a 9-0 run highlighted by a pair of layups by Walsh, a drive through the lane by Teniya Page and a running bank-in by Bradley.
Marian led by as many as eight points during the second period, but it took a clamp-down man-to-man defense in the fourth that held Trinity to just one basket in 10 tries and allowed the Spartans to pull away.
“We made adjustments, but we went into the game with a plan and I think sometimes we were mentally fatigued,” Marian coach Annie Byrne said. “I thought our kids just really picked up their level of intensity (in the fourth quarter).”
Walsh had four points and three rebounds and also handled the ball outside the paint in helping the Spartans work time off the clock during the fourth period.
“She moves so well,” a smiling Byrne said of Walsh. “She runs the floor super well. Sometimes she just doubts herself, even though I don’t know why. She’s moving well, she’s working hard... they’re just a good group of kids. They really are.”