MARENGO – Marengo’s girls basketball team can look at Thursday’s victory a couple of ways. With an opponent mired in a tough shooting night, the Indians can be proud of their defensive effort.
However, the offensive end could have used a little more work because it could have been much worse for Genoa-Kingston.
The Indians took down the Cogs, 38-11, in a Big Northern Conference East Division game for Marengo’s third straight win. Although it wasn’t as convincing as they may have liked, they’ll take it.
“We didn’t score as much as we should have,” senior Jessica Villie said. “The last two games we had 50 and 48, so I was kind of hoping we’d end up around the same thing. We were trying some new things. We just really couldn’t hit shots.”
G-K had a much more difficult time hitting shots against Marengo’s defense.
The Cogs made only four field goals in the game and seemed to handle the Marengo press to begin with, but once the ball crossed into the Cogs’ offensive end, everything seemed to fall apart.
Marengo (4-6, 2-1) coaxed the Cogs into more turnovers (10) than made baskets (8) in the first quarter, and G-K did not score its first field goal until the 2:24 mark of the second quarter.
“Defensively, we did all right,” Marengo coach Nick Rode said. “We still have a little way to go on both ends of the floor, but we’re hoping we can take care of that quickly.”
Marengo ended the first quarter with an 11-0 lead and built the lead to 15 before G-K’s first field goal.
From there, Marengo settled into a bit of a rhythm but had trouble executing at times. They benefited from G-K’s slow start but didn’t want to play down to their opponent.
“When they’re not making, we needed to get the board and go down and capitalize,” Villie said. “It’s hard not to play down to someone’s level at that pace, but we had to get our offense going.”
Sabrina Marsh was happy that her team was ready for every rebound on missed shots by G-K (2-7, 0-3) to turn those opportunities into easy buckets on the other end.
“We’re not where we need to be or where we could be yet,” Marsh said. “We’re definitely getting there.”
She and Villie led the Indians with eight points. Kassidy Girmschied, Courtney Tremmel and Lynsey Hoeske each had four points as Rode played his reserves for most of the second half.
“We started out early in the season with some tough loses, close loses.,” Rode said. “We’ve won three in a row now and we’re looking to build on that as a turning point for us.”