CUSTER — Mason County Eastern saw its two-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night at home with a 49-22 loss to Marion in a Western Michigan D League girls basketball game.

Marion (6-2, 5-1 WMD) is one of the upper tier teams in the conference this year, and showed why against the Cardinals, who are sitting just off the pace.
Marion put the defensive squeeze on the Cardinals right from the start, and never loosened its grip. The Eagles enjoyed a 15-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, and outscored the Cardinals, 11-6 in the second to build a 26-9 halftime lead.
The Eagles had a 12-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter and headed into the fourth holding a 38-18 lead. Marion finished the game off with an 11-9 run.
“I was pleased with the play of Kaitlyn Mickevich, Lucy Shoup and Olivia Wing,” said Cardinals head coach Jake Smith. “They fought hard defensively the whole game, and rebounded well.”
Wing wound up as the Cardinals’ leading scorer with nine points and Shoup added five.
Georgia Meyer threw in 27 points for the Eagles while Madison Sutton contributed eight.
Mason County Eastern slipped to 4-4 overall and 4-1 in the league. The Cardinals are home again Friday for a league matchup with Pentwater.