Marion moves to finals of Junior Patriot Classic on Saturday
By Chuck Livingston Sports Editor
Marion forced 10 first quarter turnovers to take a 13-2 lead en route to a 43-19 win against West in a semifinal game at the Junior Patriot Classic last night. In all, Marion would force 24 turnovers for the game, while also controlling the boards 33-25. That helped the Lady Pats offset a 19 of 52 shooting night. “We have to get up at the beginning because that helps us get our tempo going,” explained Marion head coach Sara Lehman. “We did that tonight.” Marion came out in a full-court press against West to force a majority of those turnovers, which is something that could be viewed as good or bad to West head coach Ashley King. “Marion’s press is really good and we did not respond the way that we’d like to,” explained King. “It’s a good learning experience for us and I think this could help us in the long run.” While Marion and West are conference rivals, the games played at the Junior Patriot Classic are not considered league games. Marion got a big performance from Delaney, who hit for 14 points, pulled down 3 rebounds and came up with 5 steals. Glausier hit for 8 points, including a pair of three-point baskets and Joi Montgomery posted 8 points as well, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. For West, Amyria Sloan led the way with 6 points while Taylor Donald posted 5. Caylin Brewer pulled in 6 rebounds and hit for 3 points. The Lady Pats will play Paragould for the Marion Junior Patriot Classic title on Saturday at 11 a.m. Paragould topped Rivercrest in the other semifinal last night by a 39-24 margin.