ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
With only one game last week, the Marion girls’ basketball team made good of their matchup with Cottonwood Valley League rival Herington Friday night, beating the Railers, 41-28.
The Warriors trailed after the first quarter, but battled back in the second quarter to take a 20-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.
After intermission, the Blue-and-Red held the Railers to just two points in the third quarter-both on free throws. Meanwhile, the Warriors tacked on 12 points of their own.
The Railers staged a short comeback in the final quarter, but Marion held on and came away with its ninth win of the year and its fifth win in the CVL.
According to Warrior coach Jerry Smith, the third quarter was key to the Marion win.
“It was a great win,” Smith said. “The girls adjusted so well to what we wanted to do in the second half. It’s something we wanted to put in a game, but we just hadn’t done it yet. I’m real proud of the girls.
“This could have been a real tough game for us. I thought everybody played great.”
Marion’s Brandi Peterie led the Warrior offensive attack, shooting 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-7 from the free-throw line for 17 points. Peterie also added two assists, two rebounds and one steal.
The Warrior’s Krista Zogelman added 12 points, four assists, four rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot.
Coming-Marion is 9-8 overall and 5-2 in the CVL following their win over Herington.
The Warriors traveled to Wichita Tuesday to face Wichita Trinity Academy. They have Friday off, then will travel to Council Grove, Tuesday, Feb. 19, to face the CVL leaders.