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Margaretta uses tough second-half defense to blow out Bowsher

Mark Hazelwood • Nov 27, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Season openers can be a mixed bag in any sport.

But for the Margaretta girls basketball team, things looked pretty solid in Saturday’s 64-30 win over Tol. Bowsher in Castalia.

Margaretta led just 27-21 at the half, but the Bears limited the Rebels to just nine points after the break to win going away.

“We talked about being more aggressive guarding the three-point line and to not give them as many second shots,” Margaretta coach Tim Tucker said of the second half defense. “We thought we gave them some points in the first half because we stood around and they got a couple loose balls for easy baskets.

“We played a very physical game for us, and one thing we’ve learned playing Division I teams is things will be a lot more aggressive. At the tournament you have to be able to play that way, so you might as well play teams like this at the beginning of the year. That’s why we have them on the schedule.”

Bowsher pulled within 25-21 with 1:31 left in the first half, but Margaretta’s Sarah Weyer was able to connect on a put-back basket as time expired in the first half. Three straight baskets by Tatum Tucker, Weyer and Shannon Coy to open the second half put the lead up to 34-21 with 5:22 left in the third quarter.

Bowsher answered with a pair of baskets, but an 11-1 run over the final four minutes of the third put the game out of reach, 45-26.

Tucker found little wrong with his team afterwards.

“We’re still somewhat young, but I was impressed with a lot of our players,” he said. “I thought Sarah had a tremendous game, and I can’t really say anyone had a negative. Everyone played hard.

“That’s all I can ask for … There wasn’t anybody that didn’t play hard.”

Weyer led Margaretta with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Shannon Coy added 13 points and six rebounds.

Coy did not play last season, but returned for her senior year.

“We’re trying to get into the flow of Shannon being back out,” Tucker said. “I think she is still trying to get into the flow, too. She’s shooting OK, but not like she’s capable of, she can even shoot better.”

Tatum Tucker added eight points while Michenzi Hoffman added seven and Courtney Orshoski grabbed nine rebounds.

For the game, Margaretta outscored the Rebels 22-6 at the free throw line.

“The kids know the rule: If you don’t play defense then you won’t be on the floor,” Tucker said. “If you make mistakes on defense, you are coming out. They learn quick if they want to be on the floor.”

Margaretta is off until its Sandusky Bay Conference opener against Oak Harbor on Saturday.

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