The Marion County girls basketball team was on the wrong end of an extended run in the second quarter Tuesday en route to a 69-39 home loss to Canton.
The game unraveled for the Marion County girls basketball team in the second quarter on Tuesday night.
Senior Olivia Jarvis scored 18 points in the period for Canton as part of a 28-6 run that helped the visiting Lady Tigers to a 69-39 win over the Lady Mustangs.
Jarvis finished with a game-high 33 points.
“Olivia sets the tone for us as our primary guard,” Canton coach Danielle Caldwell said. “It's always important that she's scoring. Especially in the second half of the season, she's really been getting after it.”
Junior Sadie Spratt, who finished with 21 points to lead Marion County, connected for seven threes in the loss. Five of them came in the second half.
Her first two treys kept the hosts within 10-6 through the first eight minutes of play.
After that point, junior Payton Hays was the only Lady Mustang to score a field goal the remainder of the first half as Marion County trailed 38-12 at the intermission.
Hays scored eight of her 14 points in the third quarter as the Lady Mustangs played even with the visitors in the period.
Spratt delivered her final three 3-pointers of the night in the fourth, but Marion County struggled to gain traction otherwise and was unable to mount a serious comeback.
Marion County coach Megan Zook mentioned she was pleased with the way her team played after halftime but that the first half was simply too much to overcome.
“I was pleased (with the second half) but not with the second quarter,” a disappointed Zook said after the loss. “(We need to learn to give) effort 32 minutes.”
Abby Jarvis scored nine points for Canton, while Lauren Frazier scored eight and Riley Marshall added seven.
Canton made nine of 10 attempts from the free-throw line.
The Lady Tigers improved to 8-15.
“We haven't played since Feb. 2 at Madison, so we were just looking to get back into the offensive rhythm of things and get back in our sets,” Caldwell said. “This is was a good opportunity to get everybody in and work on what we needed to work on.”
Delaney Huffman finished with three points and Makenzie Crook added one to round out the scoring for Marion County, which fell to 0-20 on the season.
The Lady Mustangs host La Plata on Friday night.