Cascade was short handed, yes, but give Marist some credit: They still had to seal the deal. There is a lot to like here with Marist.
#1 Paige Doerr was everywhere tonight for the Spartans. When Marist did the bulk of their damage, in the first half, fast breaks both of her creation and that featured her finishing at the rim were plentiful. Forcing turnovers, distributing the ball, facilitating the offense with penetration in the paint—she did it all. That’s a player that can lead a playoff push.
Cascade played…slow. Partially a symptom of missing so much talent, partially from the Marist pressure. The ball got stuck with such regularity that even when Cascade didn’t turn the ball over in live play in the form of an intercepted pass or picked off dribble, a five-second call was almost continuously near being assessed. Despite all that, Cascade was competitive in the second half. There’s horses here despite what was missing.