Up and down game winds up in win column for Mexico girls

Up and down game winds up in win column for Mexico girls
Jordyn Thurman
Dave Faries

The Bulldogs were in serious trouble with time winding down on Friday night at Marshall.

Since the started of the second quarter nothing had gone right. Down by 8 with four minutes to play in the game, Mexico looked to be on the way to their fourth loss of the season.

But in stepped Jordyn Thurman. The freshman guard drained a three that not only narrowed the gap, but also sparked a Bulldogs rally.

“That catapulted us,” said head coach Ed Costley.

Fired up, Mexico went on to claim a 49-43 come from behind victory to go 15-3 for the season.

Yet nothing was certain until Riley Blevins scored on a fast break with 2:30 remaining and followed with a plus one. That extended Mexico’s newfound advantage to 5 points, and they held the hosts at arms length from there.

For the Bulldogs it was an unusual night. It started off like most other games, with Capri’Ona Fountain controlling the paint on defense and Mexico jumping out to a 15-8 lead after one.

Suddenly it became a nightmare. Easy layups rolled around the rim and toppled out. Jump shots fell harmlessly. Rebounds that were coming readily in the first quarter slipped from Mexico’s grasp. Passes were bobbled.

“We couldn’t catch the ball,” Costley said.

The Bulldogs couldn’t score, either. They recorded just 4 points in the seconds and were blanked in the third to fall behind 28-19.

But the situation changed just as suddenly. After Thurman’s three, the dry spell ended and the floodgates opened. In the final period the Bulldogs could do no wrong, pouring in 30 points to Marshall’s 15.

Mya Miller scored 9 of her 14 points in the final period. Blevins put up 7 of her 14 in the same stretch.

“It was an interesting game,” Costley noted. “In the second and third we did just enough defensively to stay in it.”

Taylor DeMint had a solid outing, scoring 9 on the night. Riley Thurman added 7. Jordyn Thurman’s 3 points in the scorebook weighed more in importance than the numeral allows. And Alexis Willer tacked on 2.


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