Warriors girls secure first two league victories

The Marion girls picked up their third win of the year and their second-straight Cottonwood Valley League victory with a 51-29 home win over Council Grove Friday night.

The Warriors and Braves kept the score close through the first two quarters before Marion ran away with the game in the third quarter.

“It’s a great win,” coach Jerry Smith said. “I told the girls this one would probably be more of a mental ball game because they’re always changing defenses. It bothered us a little bit early, but not much.

“The girls came out and played lights out,” he added. “You’ve got to give them all the credit in the world.”

Marion jumped to a 10-6 lead after the first quarter. The Braves threatened to close the margin in the second quarter, but trailed 20-14 at halftime.

After intermission, the Warriors mounted a 19-6 run to take a 39-20 advantage by quarter’s end. In the final period, Marion held the Braves to just nine points and scored 12 points of their own.

“We had a few lapses,” Smith said. “But we had an outstanding game from everybody tonight.”

Smith particularly praised the performances of seniors Maggie Powers and Stacia Williams.

“I thought our leadership from our two seniors through all four quarters was excellent,” he said.

Marion’s Brandi Peterie was 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. She finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals, one block and two assists.

Krista Zogelman also turned in an impressive performance with 10 points, three blocks, three assists and four rebounds.

Chase County-In a physical matchup last Tuesday night, the Warriors came out with a few bruises and their second win of the year, 56-49, at Cottonwood Falls.

It looked as if Marion might run away with the game after going to the locker room at halftime with a 26-14 lead. But the Bulldogs came storming back in the third quarter and pulled within two, 36-34.

In the final period of play, the Warriors and Bulldogs alternated scoring. Late in the fourth quarter, Marion pulled away as senior Maggie Powers drained a series of back-to-back free throws to give the Warriors the win.

Sophomore Brandi Peterie had another strong game with 18 points, making 55 percent of her shots and pulling down nine rebounds.

Senior Maggie Powers had her best offensive output of the season with 14 points.

Coming-After last week’s games, the Warriors are 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the CVL. Yesterday, Marion traveled to Hope for a non-league matchup.

The Warriors will close their pre-Christmas schedule Thursday night at Sacred Heart.

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