By Joseph Hayes
For a few hours, it was all about the Vikings.
The Marysville High School girls and boys basketball teams took over the St. Clair County Community College Fieldhouse for a period of time Saturday as part of the SC4 Holiday Basketball Showcase.
The Vikings girls were first to play, and suffered a 68-49 loss to Lake Fenton. Gabby Fogarty led the Vikings with 20 points, followed by Kaitlyn Cain, who scored 11 and Madelyn Smith, who scored seven.
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“I thought we played hard,” Fogarty said. “We are missing a lot of girls so we had a lot of girls step up in positions they hadn’t played before.
“We made mistakes we probably shouldn’t have made. We were all in different spots. I think this game will help motivate us to be a better running team going into league play by working together and adapting to new situations when it’s hard.
“It’s super fun to play in the Fieldhouse. It’s nice to be able to play with the boys right after us. We get to watch the boys after us and they support us.”
The Marysville boys were up next, and after a slow start, they helped end the night on a high note for the Vikings faithful in attendance as they overcame a double digit first half deficit for a 59-54 victory over Bishop Foley.
“They are high character kids and work together,” Marysville boys coach Erik Schunk said. “There is not a selfish player on the team. When one player doesn’t have it they are the best cheerleader on the bench when a sub goes in. That’s what makes high school teams be successful, believing in each other and we showed that.
“We were down 10 or maybe 12 and we have been in those situations before. It doesn’t really rattle us. We keep the unity together and continue believing in one another. It’s a great group of kids to coach, win or lose.”
Lawrence Smafield scored 17 points to pace the Vikings in their first victory of the season and Logan Wright added 15 points. Evan Woodard and D’Marco Singleton each added nine points for Marysville.
“It’s happened to us the past few weeks where we have been down in games,” Singleton said. “We came back and couldn’t finish them.
“This game was different because it gave us confidence and taught us how to win as a team. It gave us a winning mentality late in games.”
The Vikings boys trailed for much of the first half and went into halftime down 33-25, before unleashing a torrid second half comeback. The Vikings girls weren’t as fortunate. But they hope to use the experience of playing on a neutral site to help them come district play.
“It’s been a lot of good basketball here,” Marysville girls coach Ryan Rathje said of the SC4 tournament. “It’s a great crowd and an amazing facility and good competition going into the league. This helps prepare us to go on the road for districts.
“We only have seven home games this year and we have to get used to playing on other courts. I think it will be a good experience for us. We did a nice job coming out and really playing hard. We have a lot of things to learn.”