Mariner edges Cascade | Girls basketball
After shooting a dismal 2 for 15 in the third quarter, Mariner needed a spark on offense in order to pull out a victory over Cascade.
So the Marauders cranked up the defense, forcing turnovers that led to a strong offensive performance that enabled Mariner to defeat the Bruins 39-31 in a Wesco 4A girls basketball game Jan. 11 at Mariner High School.
The Marauders, trailing 24-22 after three quarters of play, outscored Cascade 17-7 in the final period.
“The intensity level picked up,” said Mariner junior guard Denisa Grebovic, who scored 11 points. “We started playing some defense and pressuring them. … Our defense helped our offense.”
“All I see is improvement. We just keep fighting hard. I’m really proud of our team.”
Mariner (3-4 in the league 6-7 overall) shot 5 of 9 from the field in the fourth quarter and made 6 of 8 free throws.
“We’ll take those (numbers),” Mariner coach Corey Gibb said. “It was a completely different fourth quarter, a completely different tempo.”
Cascade’s Kharial Clark led all scorers with 17 points but the 6-foot-2 center was limited to only 2 points in the fourth quarter.
Mariner doesn’t back down from taller players, Gibb noted.
“We take the philosophy of attacking the bigs and we hope to get them in some foul trouble,” Gibb said. “She was aggressive on the rebounds and we did good job of blocking out, so she got a couple of fouls on that. She’s a nice player. She’s going to be good for them.”
The Marauders were led by senior Zaria Smith, who scored 12 points. Hannah Hezekiah added 8 points.
Grebovic spearheaded the defense charge in the fourth quarter.
“Her defense in the fourth quarter was what the difference was,” Gibb said. “She did a really nice job of getting up and challenging them.”