By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– It certainly was not the best game in the world for the North Marion Lady Huskies Saturday afternoon to close out the Abby’s Pizza Holiday Classic. But, against an always solid Valley Catholic squad, they were in it.
The biggest thing that was obvious, was shooting and landing a shot, Head Coach Trevor Bodine pointed towards that and also pointed towards the great team they were playing on this day.
“We just need to shoot better. We had a lot of good looks and the ball just would not go in. Valley is scrappy and quick with a very good point guard and we made some poor decisions down the stretch that they took advantage of,” starts Bodine.
“Our poor shooting % kept the game close and you can’t let teams like them hang around. They are well coached and John gets every ounce out of his kids.”
Bodine credits too that his team is going through some growing pains but are battling through it, but as the game came down to it, the Lady Huskies made their shots.
Ally Umbenhower was clutch from the line and with a second remaining with the game tied with a second remaining, Hannah Kinniburgh put in the dagger through a backside lob off the inbound that sealed the 53-51 victory to help North Marion improve to 4-2 on the season.
“We hit shots at the end when they mattered the most and got some clutch free throws from Umbenhower. We are going through some growing pains and making some mental errors we shouldn’t be making right now, but the girls are battling through it,” said Bodine. “We were right there against Hidden Valley too and let that one slip away, so these games will make us tougher come league time I’m hoping.”
The Huskies will close out 2017 on the road versus Marshfield (6-1) before opening 2018 against South Albany (3-4) at home on January 2.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald