WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Natasha Hanke got her share of points. So did Morgan Rachu and Jayci Blume.
When all 36 minutes had run off the clock, eight Marathon players scored points and half finished in double digits.
Shooting was the name of the game for the Raiders, who shot 64 percent (16-25) in the first half, to cruise to a 59-44 victory over Assumption during Marawood Conference South Division action Tuesday night. The Raiders have won four straight over Assumption going back to the 2013-14 season.
“We know we’re going to be the shorter team no matter who we play so we pride ourselves on rebounding and being tougher than the other team,” said Hanke, who led all scorers with 18 points. “We had a lot of second-chance points and boxed out on the other end, which got our transition game going. And we shot well and we got a nice lead.”
Marathon went on a 12-2 run to take a 21-12 lead with 8:37 to play in the half.
The Raiders also drained five 3-pointers, all in the first half.
“You can’t shoot much better than we did in the first half,” Marathon coach Jeff Schneider said. “Some nights it’s like this and some nights you can’t throw it in the ocean.
“I was pleased with our ball movement and that improved as the half wore on. We did a good job getting the ball to the middle and moving it around to get good looks and we were able to get a lot of separation on the scoreboard.”
A small part of the Raiders’ success was due to Assumption starters getting into foul trouble. Gena Grundhoffer, Macie Zurfluh and Autumn Linzmeier all had at least two fouls early and had four midway through the second half.
“We didn’t have an answer for them tonight,” Royals coach Joe Birkhauser said. “You could see how hungry Marathon was.
“They came down here and pushed us around and we didn’t deserve to be on the same court as them tonight.”
Marathon out-rebounded Assumption 26-17 and turned many of those rebounds into transition baskets or second-chance points.
“A huge key is for our kids is just getting a hand on the ball when we’re rebounding,” Schneider said. “If we can just deflect it from going straight to the other team that helps us.
“We didn’t do everything right, but I like how hard our girls have been playing. They really bring it on the defensive side of the court.”
Marathon 44 15 — 59
Assumption 21 23 — 44
MARATHON (59): Julia Anderson 5, Jayci Blume 10, Mogan Rachu 10, Olivia Meurette 2, Natasha Hanke 18, Alison Stieber 2, Amanda Kind 2, Alysha Stieber 10.
ASSUMPTION (44): Macyn Krings 3, Autumn Linzmeier 8, Macie Zurfluh 7, Gracie Wendels 9, Gena Grundhoffer 6, Olivia Skibba 3, Jolynn Frisch 6, Chrysten Linzmeier 2.
3-pointers: Marathon 5 (Anderson, Hanke, Blume, Aly.Stieber 2); Assumption 1 (Krings).
Records: Marathon 2-1, 1-0 Marawood South; Assumption 2-2, 0-1 Marawood South.
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