The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team withstood a late comeback attempt by visiting Marion and hung on for a 58-52 win on Friday, Dec. 6.
After leading the entire game, the Lady Vikings saw their advantage disappear at the 3:58 mark in the fourth quarter when the Lady Giants went in front, 48-47. Coach BreAnne Dyer's squad, however, sunk its free throws down the stretch to retake the lead and hold on for its third win in six outings this season.
Huntington North senior Lindsey Foster made an impact on both ends of the court as she tossed in 20 points on offense and recorded six steals on defense, helping the Lady Vikings double-up Marion in point off turnovers, 16 to 8.
Senior Paige Coolman supplied 16 points and six rebounds while sophomore Madi Canady added 11 points and nine boards.
Huntington North led 11-7 after the first quarter, 28-20 at halftime and 41-35 after three frames before Marion made things interesting in the final stanza.
Dejah Cyrus recorded a double-double for the Lady Giants with 22 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs. The junior made all 10 of her field goal attempts as Marion upped it shooting percentage from 26.9 percent in the first half to 41.2 percent in the second. The Lady Giants finished shooting 35 percent on a 21 of 60 showing from the floor.
Sophomore Julia Cardwell logged Marion's second double-double of the night with 14 points and 12 boards, helping the visitors win the rebounding battle, 48-34. Sophomore Stacia Smith chipped in 12 points.
The Lady Vikings shot 40 percent for the game, hitting 20 of 50 shots. They finished 14 for 21 at the charity stripe in the second half and made 18 of 31 there for the game for 58.1 percent. Marion made 8 of 18 freebies for 44.4 percent.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Lady Vikings and puts them at 1-0 mark in the North Central Conference. The Lady Giants drop to 2-5, 0-1 in league play.
Huntington North smoked Marion in the junior varsity game, 47-12.
All but one of the Lady Vikings' 10 players scored, with junior Morgan Butler and sophomore Sierra Estep leading the way with 10 and nine points, respectively.