Sophomore guard Marian Turnbull scored nine fourth quarter points, powering a 14-3 Maroon run as visiting Episcopal defeated ISL rival Flint Hill 50-44.
Turnbull getting hot was a welcome development for Episcopal, which found itself trailing 35-33 in the fourth quarter after leading most of the game. Episcopal forward Cayla Williams sunk two free throws to tie the game, then Turnbull on the next possession hit a three-pointer. After Flint Hill’s Lynley Birchard answered with a trey of her own, Turnbull hit another three-pointer to make it 41-38 Episcopal.
Those two Turnbull treys opened things up and essentially won the game for the Maroon. Episcopal was only 3-20 from beyond the arc on the night and Flint Hill had a great amount of success after the first quarter packing in its defense and forcing outside shots.
“At the beginning of the game I was focused more on distributing,” said Turnbull, in her first year with the Maroon after transferring in from Pitsburgh. “When shots weren’t falling later I figured it was time for me to step up and try and make my own.”
Turnbull wasn’t finished. She hit two free throws, and after a beautiful steal and bucket by senior guard Dymin Gerow found Williams in the post for another Episcopal basket. The 14-3 run was complete, with Episcopal now leading 47-38.
Flint Hill continued to fight, as the Huskies did when they trailed 17-7 after a quarter, but it wasn’t enough. Sophomores Caitlyn Shumadine and Birchard led the way for Flint Hill, each hitting three three-pointers and finishing with 13 points. The young Huskies remain winless in the competitive ISL AA.
Gerow led the way with 12 points for Episcopal, which moved to 6-7 in the ISL with the win. Turnbull finished with 11 points, senior forward Haley Sabol had 10 points and 13 boards, and senior guard Maya Thompson added nine points and four assists.
The Maroon are coming off a win over powerful Sidwell Friends on Saturday and a run like last year’s, where Episcopal made it to the ISL AA Tournament Championship, seems very possible.
“I think [it’s possible] as long as we just stay playing together as a team and looking for each other, that’s been our best games so far,” said Turnbull.
all stats are unofficial
|Threes: Turnbull 2-6, Thompson 1-6, Williams 0-2, Sabol 0-2, Gerow 0-4|
|Threes: Shumadine 3-5, Birchard 3-7, Giuliani 0-2, Costigan 0-4|