WINSTON — Marshfield dropped the hammer on Douglas in the second half, taking a 43-24 Far West League win in Tuesday’s girls basketball game.
But the Trojans were anything but sad at the end of the contest.
“It was fun,” Douglas freshman post Milaneta Polamalu said. “I didn’t look at the scoreboard, but we were winning for a little bit and I think they felt that.”
Marshfield (21-2, 9-0 FWL) is the top-ranked 4A team in the state, but after the first quarter the Trojans (12-10, 5-4) led 9-6.
“We definitely had them scratching their head a little bit in the first half,” Douglas coach Jason Dickover said. “They weren’t getting the good, clean looks they were getting against us the first time. The first time we played them we were down about 12-0 in about a minute and a half, so I was so proud of the girls to kind of turn the tables on them today. We covered the areas they hurt us on the first time, especially throughout that first half.”
Douglas senior point guard Lainey Rincon sustained an eye injury during a physical play for the ball halfway through the second quarter and didn’t return until the second half.
“It was a physical game, but I would call it basketball physical,” coach Dickover said. “There wasn’t anything out of line. They’re really good athletes, Marshfield, so they understand if they have to establish a position they’re going to do it even if they have to use size and strength to do it.”
Reserve point guard Ayana Parson was sidelined due to a thumb injury, which left Douglas in the hands of freshman Makenna Anderson.
“We finished that first half with our point guard on the bench with that eye injury and held it together,” Jason Dickover said. “Makenna had to come in there and she held it together. She did a great job for us.”
Rincon was able to come back in the second half, but that’s when junior Kaylie Hall found herself in foul trouble.
Rincon finished the game with four assists and two points, while Hall put up three points and four rebounds.
“We’ve been a tough defensive team all year and Marshfield is not used to scoring only 43 points,” Jason Dickover said. “When I came out after halftime I was smiling and laughing with the girls and said, ‘I want to go in and play this half because this is what you’re looking for. You’re playing against a really good team, you’re playing well, this is why we play sports.’
“I told the girls don’t focus on that final score, focus on the way you started that game. It was no fun to go over there and go down 12-0 right of the bat and be out of the game before it started. This was a lot of fun.”
Polamalu led Douglas with eight points and five rebounds.
“She’s a freshman girl that just works really, really hard and competed very hard today and we found her at the right times underneath the basket,” coach Dickover said.
Colleen Jackson had five rebounds in the game and Amy Dickover had four rebounds.
The extended minutes on the court started to wear the Trojans down and Marshfield showed it’s the top team in the league.
“We kind of hit a wall and when we hit the wall their talent was there waiting for us,” Jason Dickover said. “They’re athletic all the way across the board, very good basketball skills as well, and they’re well-coached. When you start looking at trying to attack a team like that there’s three strikes against you right there.”
The Pirates ran a full-court press the entire game and fought to get the ball at every opportunity.
Hailey Browning led Marshfield with 14 points. Jazmin Chavez contributed nine points and Alex Locati added six.
“Even though we lost, we played really well,” Rincon said. “They’re the No. 1-ranked team for a reason.”
Douglas will host North Bend at 6 p.m. Friday in its final Far West game.
MARSHFIELD (43) — Hailey Browning 14, Chavez 9, Locati 6, Garrett 5, Heyer 3, Myrand 2, Erickson 2, Brugnoli 2. Totals 17 7-11 43.
DOUGLAS (24) — Milaneta Polamalu 8, Dickover 4, Hall 3, Jackson 3, Rincon 2, C. Anderson 2, M. Anderson, Williams, Davis. Totals 10 3-11 24.
Marshfield 6 12 12 13 — 43
Douglas 9 6 4 5 — 24
3-Point Goals — Mar. 2 (Garrett, Heyer), Dou. 1 (Jackson). Total Fouls — Mar. 15, Dou. 10.