Mars girls come up shy
Planets can’t fi nd buckets in 44-28 loss to Hampton
Butler Eagle
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February 4, 2013
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Mars’ Jessica Bunner fi ghts to get through Hampton’s defense during the Planets’ 44-28 loss Thursday night.

ADAMS TWP — With a share of first place on the line, Mars needed a little bit more luck in its section rematch against Hampton.

The Talbots, though, asserted themselves early — using an 11-0 run — and kept the Planets at bay in a 44-28 Section 1-AAA girls basketball victory at Mars High School Thursday.

“When you’re playing in a big game like this, you look at shot selection and I thought we had some good looks in the first half,” Mars coach Tony Howard said. “We just couldn’t get the shots to fall in.”

“We changed up a lot to try and make things tougher,” said Hampton coach Mary Bukovac. “We showed some different looks that they might not think would be there.”

The teams were knotted at 2 two minutes into the game before Hampton (15-4, 10-0) scored the next 11 points — two baskets coming from Sarah Pilarski to close out the quarter, then Lexi Griggs opening the second frame with a 3-point play and another baskets for a 13-2 lead with 6:15 left before halftime.

Hampton would enjoy a 21-8 lead until the Planets (13-7, 8-2) received two free throws by Ali Goetz with 0.9 seconds before halftime, then used a Sara Getsy 3-pointer to open the third quarter to make it 21-13.

“That half-court trap gives us fits,” Bukovac said, “and turnovers hurt us a bit. It’s something we just make adjustments to.”

Hampton, however, countered with a bucket by Jordan Busshaus and a 3-pointer by Pilarski to take a 26-13 lead with 6:39 in the quarter.

Mars would not pull any closer than nine points the rest of the way.

“Really? It seemed like it was a two-point game the whole way,” Bukovac said. “They have that potential to put a run together.

“It doesn’t matter what the records are when these two teams play each other ... Tony does a great job and no doubt (Mars) will give some teams trouble in the playoffs,” Bukovac added.

Pilarski led all scorers with 16 points while Griggs added nine. Mars was led by Goetz’s 11 points.

“We definitely keyed on Sarah,” Howard said. “Their size makes a difference. We pressured their guards and got some turnovers.


Julie DiBucci 0 0-0 0, Bri Intrieri 2 0-0 4, Sarah Pilarski 6 3-6 16, Jordan Busshaus 1 0-0 2, Caitlin Jameson 1 0-0 2, Amanda Reese 2 2-4 6, Courtney Collins 0 1-2 1, Jade Alim 2 0-1 4, Lexi Griggs 4 1-1 9. Totals: 18 7-14 44.


Sara Getsy 2 0-2 6, Teresa Dallatore 1 1-3 3, Jessica Bunner 1 0-2 2, Alyssa Mathews 1 0-0 2, Ali Goetz 2 7-10 11, Daniella Paras 0 0-2 0, Elyssa Paras 1 1-2 4. Totals: 8 9-21 28.

Hampton 8 13 10 13—44

Mars2 8 9 9—28

3-point goals: Hampton 1 (Pilarski); Mars 3 (Getsy 2, E. Paras)

Monday: Mars at Highlands