The Marion girls’ basketball team struggled on offense and absorbed a 49-16 loss at Southeast of Saline Friday to begin their season.
“I was pleased with our effort,” coach Kelly Robson said. “The players played hard and tried to do the right things.”
The Warriors weathered a scoreless first period to trail, 10-0. Megan Richmond finally put points on the board for Marion at the free-throw line to begin the second quarter. Kelli Hess added six points and Julia Hall completed a traditional three-point play.
Even so, it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Trojans, who established a 28-14 lead by halftime.
The outlook didn’t improve much in the second half. Katey Ehrlich provided Marion’s only points at the free-throw line for the final score of 49-16.
Robson said he knew Marion’s lack of height would be an issue this season, and SES has two good inside players the Warriors’ just couldn’t contain.
“We fought hard on the inside, but we will need to get tougher in there,” he said. “For the most part, our zone defense was pretty good, but our man-to-man defense allowed too many scoring chances. We will certainly need to keep working to defend better in man-to-man.”
Robson said the Warriors handled the ball well for the first game of the season and got good looks at the basket, despite not shooting well.
“We have to look at the season as an opportunity to get better, both individually and collectively,” Robson said. “We knew going into the season that we are weak in some areas and the first game helped show us our weaknesses.
“Now we must learn our lessons and get back to the work of trying to get better.”
Coming—The Warriors are scheduled to play in the Marion Classic Monday through Saturday, with pool play games at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. Peabody-Burns and at 4 p.m. Friday vs. Remington.