Red Bud JV Drops Short Game Against Marissa

Red Bud JV Drops Short Game Against Marissa

Nolan Cowell, Staff Writer

Due to a shortage of players on the Marissa roster, Red Bud JV would play a two-quarter contest against Marissa’s JV squad on Thursday night. Marissa led early on 4-0 after hitting both free throws on their first trip to the line and a drive-in layup by Meteor Freshman Tanner Middendorf. It took Red Bud nearly 4 minutes to get their first points, which came by Musketeer guard Nick Fehr. Drew Grohmann got in on the action shortly after with a short floater to tie the game at 4 apiece. Nick Ganter added to Red Bud’s offensive effort by backing down the Meteor defender and scoring the post-up bucket. Hunter Baker would not let the Meteors fall behind, however, scoring 6 first-quarter points on 3 identical layup drives into the post. Fehr attempted to give Red Bud a lead going into the second quarter with a corner three, but Marissa’s Chase Weis had other plans, answering Fehr with a buzzer-beater three of his own, tying the game at 13. Marissa started the final quarter of this short game hot. The 6’4” Grant Harrell helped Marissa gain a three-point advantage to open the quarter by converting a 3 point play after the Red Bud fouled him on the shot. Chase Hurst got in on the action with a long two, which stretched the Marissa lead to 5. Fehr once again tried to claw Red Bud back into the game with a steal and assist to Nick Ganter for a layup, however, Harrell answered right back by backing down Ganter and scoring once again in the post. The Musketeers had no other option but to intentionally foul to get the ball back, but Marissa converted on all 4 free throws of Red Bud’s intentional fouls. Ayden Shemwell scored a layup as a last-minute attempt at the win, but Marissa’s final trips to the line put the game out of reach as the JV Meteors defeat the JV Musketeers by a final score of 27-18.