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Putnam County’s Carly Gonet (No. 10) drives the lane as Marquette’s Cassidy Murphy (No. 44) tries to block her Thursday during the Lady Panthers’ 50-43 victory. Gonet hit two key 3-pointers in the second half and scored 11 points to help PC rally from an early 12-1 deficit. NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Marquette’s Cassidy Murphy takes a shot as Putnam County’s Allison Voss attempts to block it Thursday during the Lady Panthers’ 50-43 come-from-behind victory in a Tri-County Conference game at Bader Gymnasium in Ottawa. NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
OTTAWA — The Marquette girls basketball team started hot Thursday night. However, Putnam County finished better.
The Lady Panthers rallied for a 50-43 victory in a Tri-County Conference game in Bader Gymnasium.
Through about three and a half quarters the Lady Crusaders played their game plan almost flawlessly. Marquette slowed down the fast-paced Lady Panthers and made it a half-court contest.
The Lady Crusaders also shot lights out in the first quarter, and offensive rebounds led to several second-chance opportunities.
Bailey McGrogan hit a shot just inside the arc and then Kendall Kaufmann made a spin move into the lane to help propel the Lady Crusaders to a 12-1 lead.
“We had a good start,” Marquette coach Todd Hopkins said. “We had a very good start. We shot the ball well and slowed them down. They got some really good players over there and they run the court well.”
In the second quarter, both offenses were slow getting things going.
Daniela Pavlovich hit a 3-pointer and Lydia Warren drained a shot just inside the arc to trim PC’s deficit to 15-12.
Madelyn Durdan hit a long jump shot for Marquette and then Pavlovich hit a much needed 3-pointer as the Lady Panthers went into the break trailing 21-19.
Cassidy Murphy did a nice job on the boards for Marquette — grabbing 12 — and her turnaround jumper in the lane gave the Lady Cru a 23-21 lead early in the second half.
Kaufmann hit back-to-back shots, but a Carly Gonet 3-pointer trimmed the Marquette lead to 33-27 heading into the final eight minutes.
“Marquette had a really nice game plan coming in,” Putnam County coach James Barnett said. “We didn’t play well, but Marquette executed extremely well for three-plus quarters. Carly is one of our go-to girls and she wasn’t shooting well early, but as the game went on, she hit a couple big shots for us.”
Gonet hit another long-range shot to start the fourth and cut the deficit in half. Moments later, Pavlovich hit a 3-pointer of her own to tie the game at 33-33.
The fourth quarter turnovers continued to mount for the Lady Crusaders as Pavlovich picked up a pair of steals, and with the help of a 17-foot jump shot from Stephanie Wilson, gave the Lady Panthers a 39-35 advantage.
Marquette didn’t go quietly though as Kaufmann’s stick back made it a 44-39 PC lead, but in the end, the Lady Panthers completed the rally.
Pavlovich scored a team-high 18 points, while Gonet had 11 points and Wilson added 10 for Putnam County (16-1, 2-0 TCC).
Kaufmann led all scorers with 19 points, while Murphy added 11 for Marquette (9-7, 1-2 TCC).