FALLING ROCK, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover guard Jordan Marshall penned one doozy of a final chapter to her career Thursday night.
Marshall, along with point guard Makayla Shamblin, are the only two seniors on the Huskies' squad and both were recognized as part of Senior Night. As part of that ceremony, both players wrote blurbs that were read over the public address system before the game.
Marshall's statement ended with a couple of sentences in which she dedicated her performance to her late father who passed away from brain cancer four years ago, leaving her in tears before the game even started.
But in Rudy-like fashion, Marshall canned her first three 3-point attempts and played lock-down defense until reinforcements arrived in the second half, and in the end it was visiting Mingo Central that left in sadness after Hoover's 61-52 win.
Marshall, who began her career three years ago on a Huskies squad that finished 9-11, helped Hoover (12-10) clinch a winning record. She was happy but spent after the game.
"It was a little nerve-wracking in the beginning but I feel like I really made [my dad] proud," Marshall said. "I wanted nothing but this victory. We wanted to come out with a winning season, we pushed for it, and the fact that we got it is just awesome."
As it turned out, the Huskies had to push hard, fast and late to pull off a win.
After trailing by five at halftime, the Miners went on a 6-0 run out of the break to extend their lead to 33-22.
But Hoover answered with an immediate 14-0 run capped off by, what else, a Marshall 3-pointer, and took a two-point lead into the final quarter.
From there, it was sophomore Bethany Romine who arrived to the party just in time, draining four of her six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, sparking the Huskies to a 25-point frame and eventually a regular-season-closing win.
"Mostly it's just hitting some shots and it fuels itself," Hoover coach Greg Ullman said. "It's almost an animal once it gets going. We're so much more confident at home shooting the ball. What happens is when we hit a couple of shots our defensive energy really picks up. Then we get some turnovers and it just keeps rolling faster and faster."