Marauders outlast Wolfpack | Girls basketballMariner beats Jackson for first time in at least 10 years
Mariner recorded one of its biggest regular season victories in more than a decade.
Hannah Hezekiah scored 22 points and Zaria Smith added 18 to lead the Marauders to a 52-49 victory over Jackson in a Wesco 4A girls basketball game Jan. 6 at Mariner High School.
The win was the first-ever over the Wolfpack for Marauders Corey Gibb, who is in his 10th season.
The Timberwolves attempted a long 3-point shot with about three seconds left in the fourth quarter, but the shot was off the mark.
“It was one of the most exciting victories,” Gibb said of the Marauders’ second league and fifth overall win.
The Timberwolves jumped to a 13-6 lead after the first quarter before the Marauders (2-2 in the league, 5-5 overall) rallied in the second quarter.
Mariner cranked up the intensity in the second quarter and went into halftime trailing 20-19.
“It was the defense,” Gibb said. “The defense created some opportunities on the offensive end of the floor.”
In past games, the Marauders sometimes have come out slow at the start of the third quarter.
“We didn’t have that letdown this game,” Gibb said.
Instead, the Marauders outscored the Wolfpack 22-13 and went into the final period with a 41-33 advantage.
Mariner extended its advantage to 10 points but then saw Jackson battle back.
“I think the nerves kind of got the better of us,” Gibb said. “The girls haven’t beaten Jackson in a long time.”
But Mariner regained its composure late in the game. Gibb and his staff were debating on whether to foul Jackson on the final offensive possession. In the end, Gibb decided to play it out and the Marauders responded with a solid defensive effort to close out the contest.
“We executed in the last four seconds of the game,” Gibb said.
Hezekiah was able to drive the lane for many of her baskets and Smith drove to the basket, in addition to making pull-up jumpers and putbacks on offensive rebounds, according to Gibb.
Rachael Hendrickson had her best game of the season, pulling down 7 rebounds, he added.
“It was a good team win,” Gibb said.
Mariner is on the road against Glacier Peak (5-0, 10-1) on Friday, Jan. 13 and Monroe (1-3, 2-7) on Saturday, Jan. 14 and then hosts the Bearcats on Wednesday, Jan. 18.