Short bench takes its toll on Marauders

Jackie Nimec (Binbrook), Taylor Chiarot (Hamilton) and Alyska Lucan (Barrie) each scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Marauders fell, 60-50, to the visiting Laurier Golden Hawks Wednesday night (Jan 6) in women’s Ontario University Athletics basketball.

It looked as if the Golden Hawks were going to run away with the game at the start of the first quarter. Renata Adamczyk (Greensville) started the visitors on an 8-0 run at 9:51. Mac’s first basket came from Alyska Lukan (Barrie) at 7:30. The teams traded baskets for most of the rest of the quarter, with the Marauders getting a 4-0 run to end the first period down 17-10.

In the second quarter, Lukan again scored first for the Marauders, starting them on a 7-0 run that saw them tie the score at 17-17 by 8:19. Adamczyk restored the Golden Hawks lead at 7:56. At that point scoring stopped for more than two minutes. Laurier held a modest lead until Taylor Chiarot (Hamilton) lifted McMaster to its first lead of the game, 21-20, at 3:25.

The Marauders increased the lead to five, 25-20 at 2:26. The Golden Hawks ended the quarter with a 7-0 run that saw them tie the game, and then go ahead on a Mallory Kohlmeier (Sarnia) basket right at the buzzer. The half ended with Laurier leading 27-25.

The Marauders shot a nice 47% compared to 20% for the Golden Hawks and had a slight edge on rebounds. Top scorers for McMaster in the half were Chiarot and Lukan with eight points and Jaklynn Nimec (Binbrook) with seven. For Laurier, Adamczyk had eight points and Felicia Mazerolle (Elliot Lake) 7.

The third quarter was the highest scoring of the game. Adamczyk got it underway at 9:39. Laurier got another basket before Nimec put Mac on the board, first with a pair of free throws at 8:55 and then with a basket at 8:21. The Golden Hawks held a small lead until the last minute of the quarter. Caitlin Croley (London) scored with 51 seconds left to pull McMaster to within one, 45-44. Then Croley got another basket right at the buzzer to put the Marauders ahead, 46-45.

Scoring was slow to start the fourth quarter, but when it got going it was all the Golden Hawks. Christa Mancino (Port Colborne) started them on a 9-0 run that carried them to a 54-46 margin by 5:49. Nimec got a basket for the Marauders at 5:11 but by this time the effects of playing with only seven dressed players really showed. The Golden Hawks gradually widened their lead to double digits and took the game, 60-50.

Top scorers for the Marauders were Nimec with 15 points, Chiarot with 13 points and Lukan with 10. Chiarot had nine rebounds and Lukan seven. The short handed Marauders got valuable minutes from all their players.

For the Golden Hawks, Adamczyk led all scorers with 17 points and nine rebounds. Christa Mancino and Mallory Kohlmeier had 12 each.

This loss moves the Marauders to 3-6 in conference play.

The Marauders travel to London on Saturday, Jan. 8 to play the Western Ontario Mustangs at 1 p.m.