Giveaways sink Marion against Cabot
By Chuck Livingston Sports Editor
CABOT — The Marion Lady Patriots just couldn’t catch a break last night against Cabot. Marion lost for the seventh time in ten games, dropping a 59-33 decision to Cabot. 31 turnovers and a 14 of 44 shooting night ultimately did the visitors in. Cabot led by as many as 30 points in the game’s fourth quarter. Marion (7-8 overall, 0-2 7A/6A-East) got 12 points and 7 rebounds from senior forward Tei Boston, but no other Lady Patriot scored more than the 5 points that Tyquesha Selvy added. Kennedi Boykins and Jakyya Clay added 4 points apiece. Boykins also handed out 4 assists and copped 5 steals. Ebony Day led all Lady Pats in rebounds with 7. Cabot got a game-high 15 points from Anna Sullivan, 10 from Carly Melder and 7 from Leighton Taylor in the win. The first quarter was an up-and-down frame that saw each team struggle to hold onto the ball. Marion lost it 7 times, while Cabot gave it away on 5 occasions. When the dust had cleared, the Lady Panthers led 15-11 after 8 minutes. The hosts began to pull away in the second quarter. Cabot mixed up their defensive looks between full-court pressure and a half-court trap and picked up 11 more turnovers in the second period, many of which led to layups at the other end, for a 31-14 lead at the half. Cabot’s lead swelled to 44-24 after three quarters and their lead crested at 59-29 late in the game before Marion ended the contest on a 4-0 run. Marion continued to play without junior guard Marie Hunter. The southpaw has not suited up since December 4 when the Lady Pats were part of the Greene County Tech Invitational in Paragould. The Lady Pats are home on Friday night when they host Searcy at approximately 6 p.m. The Searcy game will be Marion’s first of six contests that will help seed them for the Class 6A state tournament. Marion split their two games with the Lady Lions last season, losing by a point in overtime at Searcy and winning by 14 at Patriot Arena.