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Claire Finn is tall. Lorna McCall is quick.
Thursday night they displayed the best of both of their games as host Marist ran away from Lockport 53-36.
Finn used her 6-2 frame to dominate inside, and threw in the occasional 12-footer, totaling 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
McCall, meanwhile, got the RedHawks off to a fast start and also flirted with a double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds. Brooke Wyderski completed a trio of terrific contributors with 10 points and six rebounds.
Lockport (4-1) was paced by Kyla Creal (15 points, seven rebounds) and Naomi Mayes (11 points).
The RedHawks now stand at 6-1, perhaps a bit better than some observers might have projected for a team that graduated a lot of talent.
“Nobody expects anything from us, but we come out hard every game,” McCall said. “We lost some big talent, but what we have is a lot of kids that have heart and a lot of kids who come to practice every day and want to play. That’s a big part of it.”
McCall and Finn combined for all 14 first-quarter points as the RedHawks opened up a six-point edge. Lockport rallied early in the second period with a 6-0 run, including a long-distance three by Mayes, but then the Porters stalled out.
Marist would score the next nine points, Wyderski coming up big on back-to-back possessions with two free throws and a three-pointer.
Lockport, meanwhile, went 11 consecutive times down the floor without cashing in.
It was 29-21 Marist at the half.
“We started off with a good spark, but I think we got frustrated because shots weren’t falling,” Creal said. “If a shot didn’t fall we’d start pouting and take our time getting back on defense while they were hustling down the floor, able to get transition.”
The Porters found their greatest frustration from the perimeter, where they were just 1-of-17 from three-point range against a Marist defense that also forced 14 turnovers.
“We do a 1-3-1 [zone] and we all just rotate,” a smiling Finn said. “We’re light on our feet. Everyone moves.”
On offense, Finn was a force in helping the RedHawks maintain a double-digit lead for all but a couple of possessions in the fourth quarter. She scored eight points and grabbed three boards over the final eight minutes.
It was by far her busiest night in the post this season.
“The post work we haven’t been really going at it really hard [in practice],” Finn said. “Now we’re finally putting that in, and now it’s an all-around game.”