MARION -- What started as the beginning of a sure loss, turned into a ballgame Tuesday night in Marion between the Lady Wildcats and the Herrin Lady Tigers.
Herrin came out strong, outscoring Marion 14-5 in the opening period.
Then the Cats fought back in period two, with each team putting just six points on the board.
Trailing 20-11 at the half, the Lady Cats came out fierce in the third, putting 14 on the board while keeping Herrin in single digits with nine.
Leading by four at the start of the final period, the Lady Tigers managed to put the win away, outscoring the Cats 12-11 to come away with a 41-36 win.
"I thought we played extremely well defensively," said MSH assistant coach Marty Manfredo. "Unfortunately we had a problem in that we had a couple of lulls offensively where we might go four, five, six possessions and come away empty. That digs yourself a hole."
Manfredo said that the Lady Cats never gave up, though.
"Give the girls credit," he said "They were down big, came back and had a chance to win in the last minute.
"That's all you can do ... give yourself a chance."
Freshman Jerzy Bittle led all scorers with 16.
*Joni Manfredo contributed to this article.