Louisville Keeps Pace in 1st with Win at Marlington
Louisville 69, Marlington 59
The Louisville Leopards Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated the host Marlington Dukes 69-59 Saturday Night at Marlington High School. With the victory, Louisville improves to 12-5 overall and remains tied with West Branch atop the NBC Standings with a 10-1 conference mark.
Sarah Lairson scored a team-high 19 points, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and recorded 3 steals to lead the Lady Leopards. Abby Beaver finished with 13 points to compliment her game-highs of 8 assists and 4 steals. Alexa Oberster also reached double figures with 10 points and pulled down 5 rebounds for Louisville.
Marlington led 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Leopards offense kicked into high gear with a 20-point second quarter to take a 29-25 lead by halftime. Louisville extended their lead to 47-35 at the end of the third and remained ahead by double digits at the final buzzer.
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The Leopards out-shot the Dukes across the board. Louisville made 45% (24 of 53) of their shots from the field compared to Marlington’s 32% (16 of 49) performance from the floor. This included a 37% (3 of 8) to 26% (7 of 26) edge from beyond the arch and a 78% (18 of 23) to 71% (20 of 28) advantage from the charity stride.
The Dukes (13-5, 8-3) were led by Alivia Lepley who dropped in a game-high 24 points and Robin Campbell who poured in 20 points. Campbell finished with a team-high 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Brooke Brodzinski also scored 6 to round out the top Marlington scorers.
With the victory, the Leopards have defeated the Dukes 7 consecutive times and have now won 38 out of their last 40 head-to-head meetings overall. Louisville now leads the all-time series 66-17 with a 34-6 mark in games played at Marlington. The Lady Leopards are 19-1 when playing at MHS since 1998.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the New Philadelphia Quakers on Monday, January 30. JV will start at 6:00 PM and Varsity will follow around 7:30 PM.
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