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Ensign's 13 points, 10 rebounds leads Huskies to fourth straight non-conference victory

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - North Marion senior Katie Ensign led the Huskies with a game-high 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 37-18 win at Banks, including a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter that started an eight-point run to put the contest out of reach.The North Marion girls basketball team continues to get back on track this new year, traveling to Banks to defeat the hosting Braves 37-18 on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Led by 13 points and 10 rebounds from senior wing Katie Ensign, the Huskies (6-6) picked up their fourth straight victory since Jan. 1, moving the team back to .500 in the win column for the first time since the team was 2-2.

Junior guard Mya Hammack added 12 points for the Huskies, but it was the 5-foot-11 Ensign who proved to a problem all night for the smaller Braves, scoring both inside and out, while mopping-up with rebounds and put-backs.

Banks led early 7-3 after a Maddy Shook 3-pointer, but then scored just three more points in the first half when Morgan Belden splashed a 20-footer midway through the second quarter.

North Marion, who also started slow, picked things up in the second quarter, getting 10 late points from Ensign and Hammack to take a 20-10 lead at halftime. Neither team created much offensively in the third, with the Braves getting just a bucket from both Kate Hailey and Madison Walker, while Ensign scored four for the Huskies.

Leading by 10 to start the final quarter, Ensign slammed the door shut on any hopes of a comeback, hitting a quick 3-pointer to start the period. Megan Netter followed, scoring five straight to put North Marion ahead 32-14 before Hailey scored four late points to close-out the Braves scoring.

The Huskies were scheduled to return to Hubbard for their first home game of 2020 when they play No. 7 Valley Catholic (8-4) on Tuesday, Jan. 14. North Marion hits the road again on Friday, traveling to Seaside (6-6) for their final non-conference game of the regular season.

North Marion kicks off its league schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at No. 10 Molalla


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