Warrior gals derail Herington with 50-45 win

The Marion girls’ basketball team outlasted the Herington Railers Friday night at home, 50-45, to give the Warriors a 3-1 record in the Cottonwood Valley League.

Coach Jerry Smith was excited about the win.

“It was a great win coming off of vacation,” he said. “It seemed like some of our practices weren’t as intense as they should be because you get tired of playing against yourself.

“Herington has a good basketball team, fundamentally they’re probably as sound as any team we’ll play.”

Smith said he thought his bench players made a huge impact for the Warriors.

“I think we are a much more rounded team than they are,” Smith said. “They (Marion bench players) all come in and give you something. The difference in the game was that we had a lot better bench than they did.”

The Warriors got off to a good start, jumping to an early 13-7 advantage after the first quarter.

But the Railers made a strong comeback in the second period, narrowing the margin to four points by halftime, 28-24.

In the third period, the battle intensified and the Railers and Warriors began trading baskets. At the end of the quarter, the score was knotted at 38.

In the final quarter, Marion’s defense held Herington to just seven points and forced several turnovers.

The Warriors managed 12 points of their own for the win.

Marion’s Krista Zogelman tallied 14 points, two assists, two steals and two rebounds to pace the Warrior offense.

Brandi Peterie added 12 points, 11 boards and two steals

With the win Marion moves to 4-5 for the year and 3-1 in the CVL.

Coming-The Warriors hosted Wichita Trinity yesterday and will travel to Wichita Friday night to battle Wichita Independent.

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