Marauders fall to Bulldogs | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Jan 09, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Areya Gamet (left) goes up for a shot while being guarded by Mount Vernon’s Jacia Navarro-Liston Friday, Jan. 4, at Mariner High School.

Mariner matched Mount Vernon basket for basket for the first eight minutes of last week’s Wesco 4A girls basketball matchup.

The Bulldogs led 10-8 before the Marauders went cold from the field.

Mount Vernon went on a 13-2 run at the start of the second period and pulled away for a 41-20 victory Friday, Jan. 4, at Mariner High School.

The Marauders (1-4 in the league, 1-10 overall) struggled with turnovers and often did not even get a shot off in the second quarter.

“I think the girls sometimes try to do too much when things aren’t going right for us,” first-year coach Jamie Gepner said. “They end up trying to force passes that might not be there. … I think that was a big thing of what happened tonight – trying to do too much and maybe being tentative on doing some things that they should be doing.”

Gepner said that Mariner was getting decent looks at the basket but couldn’t convert. Some missed free throws didn’t help matters.

“Once that happened the momentum shifted and we went from playing right with them to they just pulled away from us at that point,” she said. “We couldn’t put the shots down that we were supposed to put down.”

The Marauders played better in the second half but again struggled from the field, Gepner added. Mariner only made one field goal in the third quarter but did limit Mount Vernon (3-2 4-7) to 7 points.

Melissa Pere came off the bench to lead the Marauders with 7 points. Yuni Septimo-Ruiz and Melissa Chantha each scored 4 points.

Mariner had a good night rebounding.

“We worked really hard on the boards tonight,” Gepner said. “We had some good putback shots I was really encouraged by that. Yuni played really aggressively. Tina (Duangmani) was on the boards all night and Melissa Pere came off the bench really well. … She fought really hard.”

Mariner’s lone victory of the season was over winless Cascade – 27-25 – in mid-December. The Marauders were coming off a 42-30 loss to DeLeSalle (Oregon) on Friday, Dec. 28.

Mariner trailed by double digits at halftime but then cut the deficit to 2 points with a couple minutes left in the third quarter.

“We just once again hit that wall and they pulled away,” Gepner said. “We started turning the ball over. … It’s kind of the same pattern.”

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