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Hurricanes lose the late lead, then game

North Marion struggles but holds on for win

By LINDSEY SNYDER
Published December 12, 2006


INVERNESS-North Marion struggled to take the lead against district rival Citrus, but hard work and determination eventually brought the Colts a 67-61 victory Monday night.

North Marion fought hard to stay in the game, beginning the fourth quarter down 40-45. That deficit didn't last long as the 'Canes began to turn over the ball, allowing the Colts to take control.

"That was good for us," North Marion coach David Waters said. "We were able to capitalize on their turnovers."

The Colts kept the lead throughout the rest of the fourth, and the fans went crazy as North Marion players Darius Morgan and Albert Gary each dunked in the fourth.

Star senior Latrell Baker also shined for the Colts, leading the team with 24 points.

"It just felt great to win," Baker said. "We were down the whole game and then we just pulled it together."

Citrus left the court disappointed.

"All the sudden things got out of control," coach Tom Densmore said. "We had a two or three turnovers in the fourth and the momentum just switched."

This game was important for both teams.

North Marion is now 1-2 in Class 4A, District 6 and 2-4 overall. Citrus is 3-3 and 1-3.