DuBOIS –There are some games that go past far too quickly while others can’t end soon enough.
For the DuBois Central Catholic High School girls’ basketball team, it was a case of the latter rather than the former as it fell to Marion Center, 50-17, in its home opener Tuesday.
The Lady Cardinals (0-3) really never got out of the blocks on offense in the first half and didn’t hit a shot from the field until there were just 20 seconds to play before the break.
Comparatively speaking, the second half was a better one as they hit four times from the field, including three from beyond the arc.
“It was just a weird combination of things,” DuBois Central Catholic head coach Jordan Hoover said. “It was like sometimes we had open looks and didn’t bury them, sometimes girls were open and we didn’t see them and sometimes we tried to force (the ball) to people that weren’t open. But we certainly aren’t as bad as we played tonight, especially in the first half.”
Still, while the offense couldn’t get started, it took a long time for the game to really get out of hand as the DCC defense limited Marion Center to just 15 points over the first 12 minutes.
Unfortunately, after that, things started to spiral as the Lady Stingers took four minutes to double their offensive output and take a 30-4 lead to the intermission.
After that, it was just a matter of playing out the string.
Eight of the 10 players that Marion Center sent to the floor scored in the game with two hitting in double digits as Paige Snyder led the way with 11 points while Ariah Alabran ended with 10.
DCC was led by a pair of sophomores as Maia Cogley led with five points while Jordan Kosko had four.
Three Lady Cardinals hit 3-pointers in the game as Cogley and juniors Ashley Wruble and Haley Pettenati all hit one.
But, the points were few and far between for DCC early.
Marion Center edged out to a 5-0 lead before the Lady Cardinals got on the board with a free throw by Abbey Pettenati.
The Lady Stingers continued to build on their lead as they dropped in three more field goals before a final free throw from DCC’s Shayleigh Gulvas hit another free throw to eventually send the game to the second with Marion Center on top, 11-2.
Despite still not hitting a shot from the field, Lady Cardinals were able to keep the lead in reach as they allowed Marion Center just four points over the next four minutes.
However, those four points were just the start of what eventually turned into a 19-0 run that didn’t end until Cogly hit a shot with 20 seconds left in the half to send the game to the break, 30-4.
DCC continued to lose ground in the third as a 3-pointer from Wruble and a basket by Kosko accounted for all of its points as Marion Center made it 43-9 to start the fourth.
After that, Cogley and Haley Pettenati both hit 3s while Kosko chipped in a pair of free throws to account for DCC’s eight fourth-quarter points as Marion Center went on to the win.
DCC will now travel to Johnsonburg Friday.