Saturday win earns Warrior girls fifth place at Trojan Classic

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIN RICHMOND
A well-fought game by both teams ended with the Marion Warriors grabbing fifth place at the Trojan Classic with a 42-48 win over Cair Paravel Saturday morning.

The Lions jumped to an 8-0 lead to start the game. But eight points from Toni Gordon and six from Allie Maddox helped the Warriors take 16-14 lead after one period.

Aggressive play by both teams kept either one from taking charge in the second quarter.

After the Lions’ Rebecca Armfield tied the game at 17 with 3:56 to go in the half, Marion went on a 9-4 run to take a 26-19 lead at halftime. Four Warriors-Kimber Hardey, Adrienne Chamberland, Kari Tajchman and Maddox-contributed points to the surge.

Both teams came out firing blanks in the third quarter. But Marion got 3-pointers from Gordon and Erin Carr and then a pair of 2-pointers from Gordon in the final minute to take a 36-27 lead at the final break.

After Marion extended its lead to 13 points on baskets by Gordon and Maddox with just under six minutes to go, Cair Paravel went on a 6-0 surge over the next three minutes to pull within seven.

A 3-pointer from Gordon from the top of the key with 3:01 to go pushed the lead back to 10 points. Marion made five of nine free throws in the last 2:10 while Cair Paravel scored nine points to close the gap to six points at the end.

Leading the Warriors in scoring was Gordon with 20 points, followed by Maddox with 13. Maddox also pulled down 13 rebounds.

Brianne Clark led Cair Paravel with 17 points.

Both teams shot around 26 percent from the field and were about even in turnovers with 24 for the Warriors and 23 for the Lions.

The Warriors had a big edge at the free-throw line, making 16 of 25 while Cair Paravel made only four of 12.

Belleville-The Buffaloes from Belleville bulled their way past the Warriors, 64-39, with a big second half in the second round of pool play at Marion on Tuesday.

Belleville jumped to a 17-9 lead after one quarter, but the Warriors rallied with a 14-8 second quarter to cut the Buffaloes’ led to 25-23 by halftime.

But the Warriors went cold in the second half, making only six of 28 shots (21 percent) while made 14 of 30 (47 percent).

Belleville led 43-30 after three quarters before finishing with the 25-point victory.

Toni Gordon, Allie Maddox and Erin Carr led a balanced Marion attack with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Belleville got 11 points each from Kristen Levendofsky, Nicki Kasi and Ashley Junker.

Wamego-In the opening round of pool play on Monday night, Marion won the first and last quarters, but the Red Raiders won the middle two by a sum of 17 points to take a 65-57 victory at Marion.

Marion led 13-8 after one quarter, but a 20-10 surge by Wamego gave the Red Raiders a 28-23 lead at halftime.

By the end of three quarters, Wamego’s lead had grown to 52-39.

Marion outscored Wamego 18-14 in the final period but could not pull out the win.

Gordon had a huge game for Marion, scoring 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the floor and 5-for-9 accuracy from the free-throw line. Allie Maddox broke double figures with 15 points.

Both teams shot around 44 percent for the game, but Marion committed 30 turnovers to 23 for Wamego.

The leading scorers for Wamego were JaNell Robinson with 20 points, Andrea VonFeldt with 18 and Ashley Carpenter with 17.

Coming-Marion (4-7) will play host to Hillsboro (6-5) in its only game this week. Tip-off will be around 6:30 p.m.

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