In their final tune-up before sectionals begin, the Marion Giants ended the regular season with a loss, falling to Indianapolis Cathedral by a score of 45-38 at the Bill Green Athletic Arena.
The Giants trailed 15-8 after the first quarter of play and were never able to grab the lead at any point in the contest.
With 1:21 to play, Marion trailed by just four points at 41-37, but that was as close as the Giants would get, as the Irish finished the game with four of the last five points.
“I just felt like the urgency wasn’t there, for whatever reason,” Marion Head Coach Lawrence Jordan said. “We didn’t pay attention to the details. It was a combination of things. I’m a little disappointed in the effort.”
The Giants have a bye in the first round of Sectional 7 up in Logansport, but they will most likely have to face two-time defending champion Northwestern in the semi-final round. Jordan knows that he and his team have a tough test in front of them, but no matter what happens, they will be prepared.
“Northwestern is a tremendous team,” Jordan said. “They’re relentless. We have a tremendous test ahead of us, but at the end of the day, they have to show up to play. We have to show up to play. We are going to work hard, and when the time comes on Friday, we are going to be ready to go. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
Ellie Vermilion finished the contest with 15 points to lead the Giants, while Ra’Shaya Kyle collected 13 points in the loss.