The Marion County girls basketball team went over eight minutes without scoring in the first half of a 58-27 loss to Brashear.
The Marion County girls basketball team felt good about its season opening game against Brashear on Monday. The Lady Mustangs won all three matchups with the Lady Tigers a season ago.
The last meeting, Marion County came away with a 29-point romp.
Brashear did not forget the whitewashing and returned the favor Monday night.
Marion County turned the ball over 17 times in the first half and went over eight minutes without scoring a point. The Lady Tigers took advantage as they led 33-12 at halftime and cruised to a 58-27 win.
“Brashear came out ready to play this year,” Marion County coach Megan Zook said. “We had them 3-0 last year but just wasn’t ready for them tonight.”
Payton Hays knocked down a long jumper with 1:47 left in the first period to pull the Lady Mustangs to within 11-9.
That was the closest Marion County would get the rest of the game.
Brashear closed out the first frame on a 5-0 run that turned into an 18-0 streak before Makenzie Crook ended an 8:19 scoring drought for the Lady Mustangs.
“Just too many mistakes and not enough aggressiveness from more players on offense,” Zook said of the scoring drought and turnover spree.
Marion County also did not have an answer for Averi Acton. The sophomore guard exploded for a game-high 30 points to go along with seven rebounds. Acton dialed up long early and often as five of her 10 made field goals came from behind the arc.
“We talked before the game about No. 33 (Acton),” a dejected Zook stated. “We talked about ways to stop her and we did not get the job done. Their offense starts with her and we just could not stop her.”
Hannah Grissom also drilled a pair of shots from 3-point range as she finished with 11 points. Alexa Higgins added 10 points to give the Lady Tigers a trio of players in double figure scoring.
Brashear connected on eight of 13 shots from behind the arc.
Sadie Spratt (9) and Hays (8) combined for 17 points in the loss. Hays registered a game-high 15 rebounds.
Aimee Glaspie added six points and nine rebounds, while Jordan Chatfield and Makenzie Crook scored a basket a piece to round out the Lady Mustangs scoring.
Freshman Delaney Huffman came in off the bench and recorded eight rebounds — five coming on the offensive glass.
“I thought this is one we could have had tonight,” the Lady Mustangs coach said. “Just a tough way to start the season, but I did see some good things. Delaney and Makenzie really got after it. Everyone knows Payton is our No. 1 so we just need others to step up. Sadie knocked down some outside shots.
“We just have to get back out here tomorrow and get better all around.”
Marion County (0-1) plays host to North Shelby next Tuesday.