OREGON – In the ninth-place game of the Oregon Tip-Off Tournament, it was Hall falling to Ottawa Marquette 54-28.
The Lady Red Devils really didn’t have a chance with a bigger, more physical Marquette team that jumped out to a 16-4 lead.
“We weren’t ready for them,” said Hall assistant coach Josiah Martin. “We were sitting back in a zone and they took advantage. We went back to a man-to-man defense.”
The Crusaders went up 22-6 before Bekka Dagraedt ended a long scoring drought for Hall with a basket. Hall went over five minutes without scoring in the second quarter.
“They were just a better team,” Martin said. “We preached rebounding and boxing out, but they were taller.”
Trailing 29-11 early in the third quarter, Hall put together a mini-rally to stay within 36-16 on a basket by Kaylee Golden and free throws by Golden, Ellen Herrmann and Dagraedt.
Brenna Faletti took one for the team when she was inadvertently clubbed by 5-foot-11 Alice Salt. Hall was awarded two free throws and the ball out of bounds after the flagrant foul. It was Salt who put in six quick points to stake Marquette to a 33-13 lead early in the third quarter before committing the foul on Faletti.
Ellen Herrman, who led all scorers with 15 points, added two baskets to keep the margin at 41-20 when the third quarter ended.
Earlier in the day, Hall soundly thrashed Milledgeville 40-20. Ellen Herrmann led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points. Becca Herrmann added nine and Faletti and Golden eight points each.
“The positives in the tournament were the leadership of Becca and the defense of Jackie Wallaert,” Martin said. “Jackie surprised us with her play. We need to get back and work on our offense, though.”
Martin was filling in for head coach/superintendent Mike Struna, who was at a school board conference Saturday.
Struna coached the first three games of the tournament.
“It’s all brand new stuff for us,” Martin said. “It’s both our first year coaching.”