Mohawks edge Vikings

SENIOR: Morley Stanwood senior Marissa Frye drives to the lane against Tri-County on Tuesday. Frye had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-45 Mohawks win. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

SENIOR: Morley Stanwood senior Marissa Frye drives to the lane against Tri-County on Tuesday. Frye had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-45 Mohawks win. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

Frye’s 20-point effort leads Morley Stanwood to 49-45 win over Tri-County

Morley — The Morley Stanwood girls basketball team earned a hard-fought win against Howard City Tri-County, defeating the Vikings  49-45 Tuesday at Morley Stanwood High School.

“I was very pleased,” Mohawks coach Shane Frye said. “We played a complete game from start to finish. I was very happy with the effort from the girls.”

Trailing 14-12 after the first quarter, the Mohawks turned up the defensive intensity to outscore the Vikings 9-2 in the second quarter to take a 21-16 lead at halftime.

Mohawks senior Marissa Frye wove into the  lane and laid the ball off the glass to push Morley Stanwood to a 27-20 lead with 5:40 to go in the third quarter.

It looked like the Mohawks might run away with it, until Vikings senior Ashley Bowen turned up the heat.

Bowen finished with 19 points, including a five-point third quarter that saw the Vikings outscore the Mohawks 19-11 to make it 32-30 after three quarters.

The fourth quarter went back and forth, with the Mohawks struggling against the Vikings’ pressure defense.

The Vikings took their first lead of the half, 43-32, with 1:55 left to go in the game. The momentum was with Tri-County, and it seemed like the game was slipping away for the Mohawks.

That’s when Frye Stepped up.

Frye, who had struggled with turnovers for most of the second half, drove to the basket and drew fouls. Both teams were in the penalty, which meant any foul resulted in free throws.

Leading 45-43 with just over a minute to go, Frye made two trips to the line in the closing moments of the game, making 4-of-4 from the stripe to ice the game for the Mohawks. “I had to make them,” Marissa said. “If I make these to put us ahead, I know my team can do the rest if I make these free throws.”

Frye led all scorers with 20 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Senior guard Hannah Cornell scored eight points and freshman Breanna Berry added six points and seven rebounds.

Emma Doyle and Brooklyn Peacock both scored five points, respectively.

“Tri-County’s a great team,” Frye said. “They’re gonna do very well this year. That we were able to respond to their different challenges is just a testament to our girls’ effort tonight.”

The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Mohawks and gives the team momentum heading into winter break.

“We’ve lost quite a few games pretty bad,” Marissa said. “So this win is great. We can go into break and get our momentum back. A win like this gives us hope again.”

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