The Marion basketball teams traveled to Moundridge Friday night to take on the Wildcats.
The girl?s team found themselves trailing early to the five and two Wildcats, and lost 53-24. The Marion boys also experienced an early deficit and were defeated 65-42. Both teams are now one and six on the year.
The girl?s game began with an aggressive Moundridge team forcing early turnovers with a full-court press. After Marion adjusted, they were able to break the press, but still had difficulty scoring. ?Once they got past the press, it was like the girls would panic and didn?t know what to do next,? said coach Savage.
Marion ran its own half-court press, but had little success. Coach Savage recalled, ?Moundridge handled the press very well?at times, our girls were timid getting to the traps, not wanting to give up a back-door layup.?
With three minutes left in the first quarter the score was ten to four when the Wildcats went on a 17-0 run that lasted late into the second quarter. At halftime, Marion trailed Moundridge by 29, and ended up losing the game by that same amount.
Scoring leaders for the Warriors were Donna Cady and Whitney Gordon, each with nine points. Gordon also had ten rebounds.
The boys team also suffered a 17-0 run by their opponents and began the second quarter down 19-6.
Eager to cut into the lead before halftime, Jordan Versh started the quarter with a quick layup and Jacob Harper connected on a three-pointer to bring the Warriors within 11. From this point, the rally faded and the Moundridge lead grew to as much as 32 in the third quarter.
The Warriors shot 36 percent from the field (16- 44) and had 21 rebounds. Jordan Hett and Dillon Richmond were the high-scorers, each with 12 points.