By Jeremy McDonald
SAN DIEGO, Calif.– North Marion found themselves in a double-digit hole against a familiar non-league opponent in Hockinson of Washington to start the Surf-N-Slam Tournament on the road as both teams met last year at the Vince Dulcich Memorial Tournament in Astoria.
In a matter of fact, it was a ten-point deficit to the Hawks with four minutes left in the game when the Lady Huskies slowly chipping away at the lead.
Strong rebounding by Hannah Kinniburgh and Lindy Wing. Critical shots by senior Ally Umbenhower and freshman Mya Hammack set up the play with 1.5 seconds left.
Umbenhower recieved the in-bound pass with Kinniburgh and Wing setting screens as the senior, who finished with a team-high 19 points, drained to force overtime.
“We had some really good rebounding from Lindy and Hannah especially down the stretch and clutch baskets and free throws from Ally and Mya were huge,” said Head Coach Trevor Bodine. “The momentum swung with the three to send it to overtime and we stepped up our defense in the extra period.”
During that extra period, where Hammack connected on four free throws as she finished with a streak of six-in-a-row at the line and had 15 points and Umbenhower added another four, North Marion pulled away for the 64-59 victory Wednesday.
“We did some good things and some bad things, primarily around the rim. We need to start finishing better especially when absorbing contact or “perceived contact”. Free throws need to improve and we need to start getting out of the blocks quicker,” said Bodine.
The Lady Huskies (5-3) were 14-21 at the charity stripe in the game as they look to improve upon the 66.7-percent from the line percentage rate for Watsonville from Watsonville, California in Day 2 of the tournament.
Kinniburgh and Wing had eight points and Raymee Boese recorded six. Mar Verastegui and Katie Ensign both had four points a piece.