In 32 minutes of play, Marysville showed how they are one of the area’s best squads in its 56-36 win at St. Clair.
In the post the Vikings had junior Payton Husson ruling the paint in her 22 point performance.
All over the court they had junior Devan Valko running all over on defense and scoring 14 points from all over the court.
The shooting sisters of Shannon and Natalie Curley combined for 12 points.
For the Saints, it was junior forward Brooke Mahn leading the way with 15 points. Senior Miranda Greig also scored eight points in the effort.
The Vikings remain atop of the MAC Gold with Center Line, who are both 9-1 in the division and have two conference games remaining. The Vikings (14-4 overall) still have a home game against Roseville, which was scheduled for Friday but canceled due to upcoming cold weather, and Mount Clemens.
St. Clair’s MAC Gold record drops to 3-8 (6-8 overall) with its final league game at home on Friday against Warren Woods Tower.
Backed by their hyped bench and coaching staff the Saints opened the game with a flurry of energy on defense, holding the Vikings to two points in the first four minutes. The Vikings took he ropes and pulled the momentum to their side on an 8-0 run to take a 13-6 lead with a minute left in the opening quarter.
The Saints got the game to 17-12 after Peyton Shaffer nailed a shot, but then “The Payton Husson Show” started on the court. It looked effortless at times, but Husson scored eight of the next ten points to give Marysville a 29-16 lead. The only basket she didn’t score in that run still included a 65-foot pass down court to sophomore Kiara Kelley.
Valko capped off the big quarter with a long exclamation points, hitting a 3-pointer as time expired to hand Marysville a 32-18 halftime lead.
The Saints drove aggressively to the hoop and forced Husson to commit three fouls in the first 3:10 of the half. When she went to the bench her absence didn’t faze the Vikings, who extended their lead to 42-21 when Valko swished a 3-ball.
Marysville senior Chase King continued the bucket party with a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to give the Vikings a cushy 54-29 lead.
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