The Terrier women's basketball team had a tough time getting their offense going on Saturday evening, as Hiram fell 57-42 to Marietta College in the 34th annual Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot.
The host Pioneers held the Terriers without a basket through the first four minutes of the opening quarter, running out to a 6-0 lead.
The Terriers responded with solid defense through the remainder of the frame, holding Marietta to just one more basket through the final five minutes.
Hiram's offense came through with a 6-0 run to end the quarter, holding a one-point advantage after one (9-8). Hiram's leading scorer, Tashauna Wright, posted the final four points of the frame, giving Hiram the one-point lead.
Both offenses had a rough go in the opening frame, as both the Terriers and Pioneers tallied just three made baskets during the quarter.
The offense responded for both sides in the second frame as both teams tallied their highest scoring quarter of the night in the second.
Marietta outscored Hiram 19-16 in the second quarter, taking a two-point lead into the half.
The Terriers ran their lead to their largest of the game (20-16) on five-straight points from sophomore guard Madison Branch. Hiram's starting guard nailed a three-point basket, before pulling off a steal and fast-break score to put Hiram up four.
Marietta would respond in the quarter with an 11-point run over the next four minutes that turned a four-point Terrier lead into a seven-point advantage for the hosts.
Wright would once again close out the quarter for the Terriers, tallying the last five points of the half to cut the Marietta lead to just two at the break.
The second half proved difficult for the Terrier offense has Hiram tallied just six made baskets in the final 20 minutes, being held to 17 total points.
Marietta outscored the Terriers 16-7 our of the break, holding Hiram to 3-of-14 shooting. The Pioneers would keep Hiram at arms length for the remainder of regulation to take the 15-point win.
For Hiram, Wright led the way as the only player in double figures (13 points). Junior Paris Thompson tallied eight points and six rebounds, while Branch added seven points.
The Terriers will get back to work in the consolation game of the Turkey Shoot on Sunday afternoon as they take on Frostburg State University. The matchup with the Bobcats is scheduled for 1 p.m.