Cabot turns Marion away
By Chuck Livingston Sports Editor
Marion never threw in the towel, but Cabot proved to be too much of an obstacle to overcome last night. The visiting Lady Panthers forced 27 Lady Patriot turnovers, while hitting 11 of 16 shots in the second half to pull away to a 62-47 win last night at Patriot Arena. The hot Cabot shooting helped offset a 24-22 Marion rebounding edge, capped by Ebony Day’s game-high 10 boards. “I think we played pretty hard. Marion rebounded the ball well tonight,” said Cabot head coach Carla Crowder after the game. “We just have to keep focusing. It was a pretty sloppy game.” Cabot (14-10 overall, 5-4 7A/6A-East) was led by Coco Calhoun’s game-high 19 points, 16 from point guard Leighton Taylor and 10 from Haley Sobczak. Marion (8-14 overall, 1-8 7A/6A-East) got a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds from Day, 10 from Kennedi Boykins and nine from senior Tei Boston. The game couldn’t have started worse for Marion. Cabot reeled off the first 11 points of the contest, with Marion having already lost eight turnovers. From there, the Lady Pats held onto the ball and got within 11-5 after the first quarter. Cabot claimed another nine-point lead in the second quarter, before hitting the lockers with a 23-15 halftime advantage. The early moments of the third quarter was when Cabot made its move. The Lady Panthers hit the Lady Pats with a 10-1 run in under two minutes to go back ahead 33-17. A pair of Boykins three-pointers snapped the run, but Cabot ended the quarter with a 9-2 spurt for a 42-26 lead entering the final stanza. Marion would get within eight points on a Marie Hunter offensive rebound and jump shot. The basket cut the lead to 46-38 and plenty of time with 5:27 remaining, but Cabot proved to be the better finishers. Down the stretch, Cabot hit 10 of 14 free throws to hold Marion at bay. “We executed at times, and at times we didn’t,” says Crowder. “We always need to execute better, but they had a lot to do with that. They’re (Marion) a good team.” Marion will hit the road on Friday night to play Searcy. The Lady Pats topped the Lady Lions in the first meeting between the two teams, and a Marion win would go a long way toward clinching a berth in the Class 6A state tournament in Russellville. The Lady Pats will return home next Tuesday when they host Mountain home in another key 6A-East game. That game will tip at approximately 6 p.m.