Giants drop first game of 2020, lose tight battle Fort Wayne Northrop

Despite an overall strong performance and another incredible effort from Ra’Shaya Kyle on Wednesday evening, the Marion Giants’ six-game winning streak came to end with a 58-57 loss to Fort Wayne Northrop.

Marion got off to a sluggish start, falling behind 15-8 after the first quarter and 29-22 at the halftime break.

However, the Giants eventually found their footing, as Ra’Shaya Kyle, who was playing at less than 100 percent due to sickness, began to take over the game. The two teams battled throughout the second half, with Marion taking a two-point lead in the final two seconds of the game, but the Bruins were able to sink the game-winning three, handing the Giants just their fifth loss of the season.

“Overall, I thought the girls played well,” Marion Head Coach Lawrence Jordan said. “We really, really competed. We missed a one-and-one , and had a two-point lead [with two seconds left,] but we didn’t close out on the three [that ended the game.] It was a couple of detail type of plays that hurt us.

“Sometimes, in a game like that where it’s close, those types of things can hurt you.”

Kyle finished the game with 38 points, while Ellie Vermilion collected eight.

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