Ovid-Elsie fell to 7-5 and 5-3 in the MMAC as Chesaning defeated OE, 38-33. In a tightly contested game, Chesaning made just a few more plays down the stretch.
“Our free throw shooting really hurt us tonight, as it has all year,” said Head Coach Ryan Cunningham. “We missed so many opportunities and we left so many points out there it is tough to swallow. You’ll see that they missed a lot of free throws too, but it was to close out the game where if we had made ours within the flow of the game, we wouldn’t have had to implement the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ at the end and it would have been a more consistent flow for us”.
The Marauders and indians were deadlocked 7-7 after the first quarter, but a 10-0 run gave Chesaning the lead the they would never relinquish. Ovid-Elsie went on a 5-0 run to finish the quarter, but the Indians still held a 17-12 advantage at half.
OE outscored Chesaning 10-7 in the third but a 14-11 differential in the 4th quarter maintained that five-point edge and the win for Chesaning.
Lauren Barton led the Marauder attack with 14 points and hauled in 15 rebounds while Kylee Sevenski added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Josie Nash added 4 points and 3 steals while Erin WItt (4 assists, 3 steals) and Caitlyn Walter (3 assists) each scored 3 points to aid the Marauders. Madison Cunningham also had 3 rebounds.
Ovid-Elsie assisted 10 times on 11 made baskets and turned Chesaning over 12 times, 10 of which were steals. The Marauders also out rebounded the Indians 32-25. Ovid-Elsie committed 21 turnovers on the night and only hit 1 of 14 three point attempts.
Cunningham added, “Statistically, everything is pretty close. 30-25 rebounds, 10-7 assists, 10-10 steals, 10 made two’s, 33.3% FG compared to 31.2% FG’s. They made one more three and two more free throws. That’s the game of basketball – it is the little things. Inches add up to miles. It really doesn’t get any closer than that.”
Ovid-Elsie will head to league-leading Byron on Tuesday for another MMAC showdown and then travel to Durand on Friday night. Both games are slated for 7:00 p.m.