Lone Grove concluded its regular season with a win at Marietta
MARIETTA — The Lone Grove Longhorns had a huge night on the boards and a good game at the free throw line en route to a 49-38 Lake Country conference victory over the Marietta Indians Monday night at the Marietta high school gym.
Lone Grove (12-11) finished the game with a 40-11 overall rebounding advantage over Marietta and a 19-2 edge on the offensive glass. The Lady Horns used their prowess on the boards to build a 17-1 advantage in second-chance points. And that proved too much for the Lady Indians to overcome.
The Lady Horns jumped to a 21-13 lead after the first period with eight of those points coming on offensive rebounds and put-backs. Marietta rebounded a bit in the second period with a 10-8 edge to pull to within 29-23 at intermission.
A long drought by Lone Grove gave Marietta the opportunity it needed to get back into the game. The Lady Horns went more than nine minutes without scoring late in the second period and early in the third. And that allowed the Lady Indians the chance to narrow the gap to 33-30 heading to the fourth.
“We wanted to go with a bigger lineup against them because we needed to gain a rebounding edge,” Lone Grove coach Jeff Word said. “It paid off for us as the game progressed.
“Another element on our side tonight was the good shooting we got from the line. Without the rebounding edge and the advantage on the line, we might have had a much more difficult time of getting this win.”
Lone Grove was 16 of 22 (73 percent) from the line to just 9 of 16 (56 percent) for Marietta.
Marietta (9-13 overall and 2-7 in LCC play), continued to rally until they it was four points at 42-38 with two minutes remaining in the game. But the Lady Horns scored the game’s final seven points to pull away for the 11-point win.
“They definitely beat us bad on the rebounding tonight,” Marietta coach Kyle Hunter said. “Despite the fact that we kept them scoreless over that nine-minute
time frame, we could not take advantage that opportunity. I was proud of our defensive play most of the game. But we just needed more offensive production to turn things around when we had our chances.”
Cheyanne Davis led the Lady Longhorns with nine points, including 5 of 6 from the line. Shelby Stevenson had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Katelynn Cobb finished with seven points and nine boards.
Reagan Bean paced the Lady Indians with 15 points. E’Lainey Jones finished with 11 points, and Logan Willis chipped in 10 points for the Marietta Lady Indians.
Lone Grove 21 8 4 16 — 49
Marietta 13 10 7 8 — 38
Lone Grove: Cheyanne Davis 9, Shelby Stevenson 8, Katelynn Cobb 7, Maci McMurtrey 7, Taleigh Nail 6, HayDen Epley 4, Madison Anderson 4, Abbi Atkinson 4.
Marietta: Reagan Bean 15, E’Lainey Jones 11, Logan Willis 10, Sarah Manning 2.
Lone Grove: 3 (Nail 2, Atkinson)
Marietta: 3 (Bean 3)
Lone Grove: 16-22