Semistate title eludes Blazers in 2OT letdown
LOGANSPORT — The opportunities were there for the taking.
Dia Rallings hit a contested 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation that sent the game to overtime. Emma Nolan was fouled on a layup with three seconds left in overtime, but missed the free throw, and the game went to double overtime.
The Blazers could not create any momentum off either of those plays, however. Marquette suffered a 69-64 loss to Union City in the Class A North Semistate at Logansport.
It can be argued if momentum, as an intangible force, actually exists. But offensive execution evaded the Blazers for much of the game, even after plays that might’ve swung the game in Marquette’s favor.
"I thought when Dia hit that big shot to take it to overtime, I could see in the kids’ faces they thought they were done," first-year Blazers coach Katie Collignon said. "I don’t get that. I thought that happened a lot today, where the kids looked like the game was over.
"That’s something we’ve got to work on. That’s just something internally, having something in you that you’re not going to quit. As a coach. I’m disappointed because I never thought we were out. Even with three starters fouling out, I still liked our chances."
Marquette was called for seven more fouls in the game than Union City, including 14 fouls after halftime to Union City’s seven. Union City made one more free throw than the Blazers attempted.
Sophia Nolan fouled out with a little more than four minutes left in regulation. She had 23 points and five rebounds.
Emmery Joseph fouled out with a little less than four minutes left in the first overtime. She had nine assists.
Morgan Crook fouled out late in the second overtime. She had three points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
"It’s tough that way, right?" Collignon said. "I thought we really did a great job defensive, overall, throughout the game. The first half, I thought we were kind of slow, a step slow the whole time. We kind of knew what they were running.
"I thought in the second half we stepped it up. We did a great job in the third quarter, like Marquette defense was back. Just some bad plays down the stretch. We reached in when we shouldn’t, tried to trap and we reached in. I thought our defense just was a step slow."
Union City has four seniors on its roster, and all of them start. The Blazers started four sophomores.
Justiss Cantu had 36 points to lead Union City (24-4). She hit 14 of 19 free-throw attempts, adding nine rebounds, six steals and four assists. Courtney Wise had 10 points.
Emma Nolan also had 23 points for Marquette (21-6). She added 10 rebounds, notching her 10th double-double of the season, and three blocked shots.
Lone senior Hannah Nolan had four points and six rebounds off the bench.
"I told the girls I can’t be mad at the effort. I can’t be mad at them," Collignon said. "We grew a lot this year as a team, as individuals. They do a great job for me every day.
"We picked the wrong day to make too many mistakes. It’s disappointing for our senior, whose heart was in it. But we get another chance at it. I just have to remind them that it goes by so fast. Your high school years go by so fast. You’ve only got four years to play for your school and with your friends, so cherish it."
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Class A North Semistate
UNION CITY 69, MARQUETTE 64 (2 OT)
UNION CITY (24-4)
Justiss Cantu 10 14-19 36, Kora Kerns 3 0-0 8, Kelsey Zimmers 2 1-2 7, Baylee Hartman 3 0-0 6, Courtney Wise 3 3-4 10, Ellie Kerns 0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Green 0 0-0 0. Totals — 21 18-25 69.
Sophia Nolan 9 3-7 23, Mackenzie Marovich 1 2-2 4, Emmery Joseph 0 0-1 0, Morgan Crook 1 0-0 3, Emma Nolan 9 3-4 23, Hannah Nolan 2 0-1 4, Dia Rallings 1 2-2 5, Clare Salyer 0 0-0 0. Totals — 23 10-17 64.
3-point shooting — Union City 7-22 (Cantu 2, K. Kerns 2, Zimmers 2, Wise), Marquette 8-24 (S. Nolan 4, E. Nolan 2, Crook, Rallings). Rebounding — Union City 35 (Hartman 10, Cantu 9, Wise 7), Marquette 30 (E. Nolan 10, Crook 6, H. Nolan 6, S. Nolan 5). Assists — Union City 7 (Cantu 4), Marquette 16 (Joseph 9, Crook 6). Steals — Union City 11 (Cantu 6, Zimmers 4), Marquette 11 (E. Nolan 4). Blocks — Union City 7 (Wise 5), Marquette 4 (E. Nolan 3). Total fouls — Union City 16, Marquette 23. Fouled out — S. Nolan, Joseph, Crook (MQT). Technical fouls — None. Turnovers — Union City 19, Marquette 20.