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Patriots, Gore rally to beat Marshall

Jan. 9—It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

That's what worked for Terre Haute North and particularly Becca Gore on Tuesday night, as the Patriots ended the girls interstate high school basketball game with an 11-2 run for a 39-36 win over visiting Marshall.

After almost 20 minutes of play, Gore had missed 12 of 14 field-goal attempts and her team trailed the Lions 19-16.

But the senior guard scored seven points in the last 4:24 of that third period, then had 10 of her team's 13 points in the fourth quarter. With the score tied 36-36, Gore hit two tie-breaking free throws with 31 seconds left, blocked a shot at the other end, then hit one of two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining to finish off the win.

That gave Gore a game-high 21 points — Cyd'Nei Strader was second among the Patriots in scoring with just five points — and Charlie Walker had 13 rebounds for North, while Lynn Welborn had 11 points and nine rebounds, Addy Ross 10 points and Libby McFarland 13 rebounds of her own for the visitors, who led most of the last three quarters.

There were three ties and four lead changes in the first quarter, two free throws by Ross giving Marshall a 9-8 lead.

North had leads of 11-9 and 14-11 in the second quarter thanks to 3-pointers by Aubrey Ervin and Strader, but went scoreless the last six minutes. Shooting wasn't a plus for either team, but the Lions did manage the last four points of the half — a basket by Welborn and two free throws by Zara Engledow — for a 15-14 advantage.

Marshall built a five-point lead in the third quarter, but five straight points by Gore created a 23-23 tie and two free throws by Emma Martin put the Patriots ahead 26-25. Ross's third basket of the quarter put the Lions back on top and started a 7-0 run that made it a 32-26 game early in the final period. Two free throws by Gore were answered by two free throws by Welborn and it was 34-28.

Then Gore scored five straight points to make it a one-point game, and Sage Lanning picked up a loose ball and drained a 3-pointer with 2:13 left in the game to put the home team ahead 36-34. Engledow broke Marshall's drought with a layup at 1:37, but the rest of the game belonged to Gore.

Assistant coach Michael Harmon coached North on Tuesday. Head coach Nathan Dillion was unavailable and will also be unable to coach the North-South game Friday in Hulman Center.

MARSHALL (36) — Z.Engledow 1-8 2-2 4, Mattas 1-4 0-0 2, McFarland 0-5 1-2 1, Heighton 3-10 0-0 6, Welborn 2-11 7-13 11, Ross 4-8 2-4 10, Robinson 0-3 2-2 2, N.Engledow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-50 FG, 14-23 FT, 36 TP.

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (39) — Ervin 1-8 0-0 3, Strader 1-6 2-2 5, Walker 1-6 0-0 2, Gore 7-22 6-8 21, Strange 0-5 0-0 0, Lawson 1-1 1-2 3, Martin 0-1 2-2 2, S.Lanning 1-2 0-0 3, Kirkham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-50 FG, 11-14 fT, 39 TP.

Marshall 9 6 13 8 — 36

TH North 8 6 12 13 — 39

3-point shooting — Marshall 0-11 (Welborn 0-1, Mattas 0-3, Heighton 0-3, Z.Engledow 0-4), THN 4-18 (S.Lanning 1-2, Ervin 1-5, Strader 1-5, Gore 1-6). Total fouls — Marshall 15, THN 22. Fouled out — Ervin. Turnovers — Marshall 17, THN 15. Rebounds — Marshall 49 (McFarland 13, Welborn 9, Z.Engledow 5, Robinson 4, Mattas 3, Heighton 3, Ross 3, Team 9), THN 40 (Walker 13, S.Lanning 4, Ervin 3, Gore 3, Kirkham 3, Strader 2, Martin 2, Strange, Lawson, Team 8). Assists — Marshall 9 (McFarland 4, Heighton 2, Z.Engledow, Mattas, Welborn), THN 4 (Ervin, Gore, Martin, S.Lanning). Steals — Marshall 6 (Welborn 3, Z.Engledow, Mattas, Robinson), THN 6 (Strange 2, Ervin, Stxrader, Walker, S.Lanning). Blocks — Marshall 1 (McFarland), THN 6 (Gore 3, Ervin 2, Walker).

JV — Terre Haute North 48 (Jaelyn Lanning 26), Marshall 44 (Caitlyn Hilliard 9).

Next — Terre Haute North (6-15) plays Terre Haute South at 6 p.m. Friday in Hulman Center. Marshall (5-18) plays Robinson on Saturday in the opening round of the Little Illini Conference tournament at Lawrenceville.