Big second half carries Martin girls to road win
A slow start gave way to a solid finish for the Martin girls’ basketball team in its SAC road showdown against Watervliet on Thursday, Dec. 20.
The result was a comeback victory.
After being held to 12 points in the opening half, the Clippers regrouped to score 12 points in each of the final two quarters to earn the 36-30 win.
The victory was the fourth in four games for Martin heading to Christmas break.
“This was not our best effort of the season and we didn’t play as well as we’re capable of playing,” longtime Martin coach Doug MacVean said. “But I’m definitely happy with being 4-0 heading into (Christmas) break.”
Some long-range shooting helped Watervliet jump out to a quick 13-8 lead at the conclusion of the opening quarter.
Christy Klimkiewicz knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, while Erin Yazel added one. Kiaya Warner did her best to keep the Clippers close, scoring all four of her points in the first quarter.
“We got off to a slow start,” MacVean said. “As a result, we were making it too easy on (Watervliet).”
Both teams scuffled offensively in the second stanza, with the Clippers managing just four points and Watervliet managing only two points. Jaclyn Hildebrand and Faith Guritz each scored two points to account for the Clippers’ scoring output.
Things started to turn around for Martin in the third quarter as the Clippers used a 12-8 scoring edge to take the lead at 24-23.
Defense played a big role in the turnaround.
“We picked up the intensity on defense and things got better from there,” MacVean said.
Martin continued its improved play in the fourth quarter, using a 12-7 edge to slowly pull away.
Hildebrand scored five of her team-topping nine points in the final eight minutes to make sure Martin kept its unbeaten record intact.
Guritz was close behind with eight points. She also pulled down a team-best six rebounds and came through with a team-best seven steals.
Briana Warner had six points, followed by four from Kiaya Warner, three from Grace Shettler and two each from Aleyca Morey, Jordyn Selser and Kelsey DeMann.
“Like I said, this wasn’t our best performance,” MacVean said. “But a win on the road is always good and staying undefeated is always good.”