WINFIELD—By the end of the first quarter of Friday night's game in Winfield, Augusta's girls basketball team already had put the Vikings in the bonus. Casady Marlnee played some of the second quarter with three fouls.
The Orioles fought through the rough start in their first game back from break, but they weren't able to put it all together as Winfield beat Augusta 52-43.
"The biggest challenge for us is we haven't learned how to adapt to them calling it like that," coach Tracy Anderson said. "We've got to be able to adjust out of the gate."
The Vikings made enough free throws down the stretch, and the Orioles didn't—Augusta finished 19-of-35 at the line, which proved costly.
Despite the foul trouble, Marlnee still played aggressively by driving in the lane and getting foul calls of her own. Marlnee finished with a team-high 18 points. She made six field goals and was 6-of-13 from the free throw line.
Augusta outrebounded Winfield 10-4 in the first quarter, but the Vikings had a 17-9 edge through the next two quarters and scored eight second-chance points in that stretch to pull away.
The Orioles' defense kept the game within reach until Winfield buried two 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter for a 44-27 lead.
"We've got to do a better job defensively, both individually and [with] the team concept," Anderson said.
Marlnee's ability to break down the Vikings' defense opened up shots for teammates like Bailey Reichardt, who finished with three jumpers for six points. Reichardt also had a couple assists and steals.
Maddy Leedom scored four points, all from the free throw line. Abby Tipton, who hustled hard for several rebounds, finished with four points. Hope Travaille scored four points, Kylie Wesbrooks, Brooke Eberhardt and Morgan Kirk all had two apiece.
Augusta's freshman girls lost to Winfield as well. The JV girls won 40-34.
The Orioles, now 0-5 on the season, host Collegiate Tuesday.