Poland (11-8) came out in their Section III Sectional playing unafraid. After falling down by six points early in the contest due to two three-point field goals by the Marauders, Poland answered with their own three-pointer, hit by senior Erin Batson, which gave the Tornadoes a boost on the defensive end in the final two minutes of the first quarter.
Two steals from Batson and a defensive rebound from Jordyn Gauthier resulted in a 6-0 run for Poland, and their first lead of the game (15-14), causing New York Mills Head Coach Andrea Dziekan to call a time out.
Answering back like they would throughout the game with excellent shooting from three-point range, New York Mills took the game back with a three-pointer from Erica Pendrak and lay up from Adriana Surprenant, going ahead by four points (19-15) and ending the quarter up by two (19-17) after a basket from Polandís Natalie Powers. Pendrak and Surprenant combined to score all of the Marauders points in the first quarter, with Pendrak scoring 11 points and Surprenant scoring eight points.
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