MARIETTA — After marching their way to the championship game of the Ronnie Moore Invitational, the Marietta Lady Indians were met their toughest task yet in the Collinsville Lady Pirates from Texas.

MARIETTA — After marching their way to the championship game of the Ronnie Moore Invitational, the Marietta Lady Indians were met with their toughest task yet in the Collinsville Lady Pirates from Texas.

Unfortunately for the Lady Indians, the Lady Pirates strong shooting performance in the championship game was too tough to match, as they were handed a 79-36 defeat at the Marietta High School Gymnasium.

Marietta will be back in action Jan. 4 against Lone Grove at home. 

“Very proud of our girls, they showed a lot of toughness and this is a great experience for them,” Marietta coach Josh Drinning said.

“We start five freshmen, we have one junior in our program and a couple of sophomores that played big minutes for us that did a great job. This was a great learning experience for those girls right here.”

In the first half, the Lady Pirates could not be stopped. 

Led by Carrie Johnson’s 13-point outburst in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates took an early 26-7 lead after one. Johnson finished with a game-high 29 points, which included seven three pointers. 

The Lady Pirates came out with a suffocating full court press, causing problems offensively for the Lady Indians. 

Toriauna Douglass was the lone bright spot for the Lady Indians in the second, scoring all eight of her teams points in the quarter, finishing the half with her team trailing 51-15. 

Douglas finished with a team high 26 points for the game. 

Marietta came out of the half time break determined to change their first half struggles on offense, as the Lady Indians were able to find a spark and bring the crowd into the game in the third, led by Douglass’ perfect three-for-three shooting behind the arc. 

Unfortunately, The Lady Indians could not match the height and length in the paint to stop the Lady Pirates. Brittney Fields scored eight points, all in the paint, and helped take the Lady Pirates into the fourth with a 75-30 lead. 

Fields finished with 24 points, all in the paint.