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By David Pan 

Mariner runs out of gas against Shorewood | Girls basketball

 

December 23, 2015



Mariner battled hard against Shorewood but, in the end, the Thunderbirds’ size advantage was too much for the Marauders to overcome.

Four players scored in double figures to lead Shorewood to a 61-44 victory over Mariner in a non-conference girls basketball game Dec. 12 at Mariner High School.

With most of their players 5-feet-9 or smaller, the Marauders were at a significant height disadvantage against a Thunderbird squad that featured five players 5-11 or taller.

A day earlier, Mariner lost 53-27 to a Snohomish team that included five players 6 feet or taller.

“That’s a tough match-up for us,” Mariner coach Corey Gibb said after the loss to Shorewood. “We played Snohomish last night and it was kind of the same situation. … Our bigs just ran out of gas. We got tired. It was a good experience. We’ll use that for later in the season.”

Hannah Hezekiah scored 21 points and Zaria Smith had 13 points for Mariner. Shorewood’s Lily Gustafson (6-0) tallied 21 points. Teammates Taryn Shelley (6-2) scored 13 and Jalyn Hizey (5-7) added 11. Jasmine Polard (5-11) had 10 points.

Mariner did a good job of helping side defense against Shorewood, but the Marauders had other areas they needed to improve on, Gibb said.

“I think we can get better pressure on the guards to make life a little more difficult on that pass in, on the entry pass,” he said.

Mariner also can do a better job of rebounding and blocking out under the basket, he said.

“We’re not going to jump with teams that size, but you can compete with them by just doing the little things – the blocking out, securing the rebounds with both hands,” Gibb added. “It’ll come.”

Mariner did a decent job on the offense, though Gibb said he wished his players were a little more aggressive to the rim. Some of the players might have been tentative going up against the much taller Thunderbirds, he added.

“Our philosophy is, we don’t back down,” Gibb said. “We try hard. We’re going to continue to push and go after them and not show fear.

“I thought, for the most part, we did a pretty good job.”

Mariner (0-3 in the league, 3-5 overall) won three straight games in early December but has since dropped its last four contests to Lake Stevens, Monroe, Snohomish and Shorewood. The Panthers, Bearcats and Vikings currently are the top three teams in the Wesco 4A.

“We knew these last four games were going to be tough,” Gibb said. “It’s probably the toughest stretch of the season.”

The Marauders have no games scheduled during the holiday break and resume play on Jan. 6 against Mount Vernon.

Gibb views last week’s tough stretch of games as a chance to learn and improve.

“This break will be a good opportunity to get some rest,” he said. “We’ll come back strong after Christmas.”

 

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