Giants handle Berries to set up major tilt with Lafayette Jefferson

On a snowy Saturday afternoon, the Marion Giants took another step closer to an NCC title.

For the second straight game, the Giants played excellent basketball at both ends of the floor, dominating from start to finish in a 60-29 victory over the Logansport Berries.

“It was one of the best efforts of the year,” Marion Head Coach Lawrence Jordan said. “I feel that we played really, really, really well this afternoon. We got there about two hours before the game [because] I just wanted the girls to sit there and kind of think about finishing up the season strong. We’ve got three good seniors trying to get out on a positive note. Right before the game started, I could tell the girls were ready to go, and then we came out clicking on all cylinders. We are getting better at the right time, and the effort I got today was excellent.”

Marion came out firing, knocking down four of their first five looks from deep while forcing seven turnovers in the first eight minutes to take a double-digit lead they would not relinquish. The Giants led 22-9 after one quarter of play, and extended that lead to 34-15 at halftime. Defensively, the Giants held the Berries to just five-of-21 shooting in the first half.

Marion cruised in the second half, allowing just 14 more points and securing their fourth straight win.

“It was a total team effort,” Jordan said. “The girls are clicking. We did a lot of positive things on offense, and the defense was really steady.”

A year ago, the Giants had a chance to take the NCC championship, but they squandered that opportunity, losing to Lafayette Jefferson on their home floor.

Now, one year later, the Giants have another chance, and this time, Jordan is ready for a different outcome.

“I’ve been talking about this since last year,” Jordan said. “It left a bitter taste in my mouth. We just want to make sure to pay attention to details. They’ve got a post player who’s about 6-1 or 6-2. She’s very physical. She’s very good. We need to know where she is at all times and we cannot give her easy baskets. We’ve got to front her in the post, double her when she gets it, close out on the perimeter, and just [continuing] to do what we have been doing.”

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