Marion boys edge Hoisington 61-58; girls win 54-52 in OT

The Marion High School girls basketball team outscored Hoisington 7-5 in the extra session of Friday's 54-52 overtime win. Not to be outdone, the Warrior boys topped Hoisington 61-58.

Calvin Jeffrey scored 17 points, none bigger than the pair of foul
shots he buried with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The
free throws extended a 59-58 lead enough to force the Cardinals to play
away from their interior strength in the final moments.?

Hoisington
had battled back from a 34-36 halftime deficit to tie the game at
49-all with 6:08 remaining. The furious rally was capped with an
exchange of 3-pointers, as Justin Heidebrecht out-dueled Cameron
Horesky to give Marion a 55-52 lead. Hoisington bounced back with a 6-2
run, and the Warriors trailed with 1:53 to go.?

Coming out of a
time out, Marion turned the ball over to Jerad Powell, who missed a
fast-break layup. Isaac Hett ripped down the rebound, and Heidebrecht
finished a difficult drive with a soft touch to give Marion a 59-58
advantage with 1:14 to go.

Hoisington had three fouls to give
before Marion would shoot 1-and-1 free throws, but Marion went 2-for-5,
setting the stage for two last-ditch 3-point shots, both of which were
breathtakingly close, neither of which went in.

Heidebrecht and Isaac Hett each scored 11 points and Eric Vogel added 10.

The
girls got 17 points from Julia Zeiner and overcame a 29-20 halftime
deficit to force overtime. Showing a measure of confidence and
tenacity, Marion put together a 13-5 run in the fourth quarter, taking
a 44-43 lead on one of Zeiner's breakaway layups.?

Coming out of
a time out with under a minute to go, Kimber Hardey took the ball away
from Deandra Kaiser and nailed the first of two foul shots. A moment
later, Hoisington was off and running the other direction. The
Cardinals had numbers in their favor, but Lindsay Hett shut the play
down with her third blocked shot of the night.

Hoisington knotted
the game on the next possession, then untied it when a miscue on
Marion's inbounds pass led to an easy basket and a 57-55 lead for the
visitors. With 20 seconds remaining, Zeiner dribbled down the right
wing baseline. She was met with extra attention from the Cardinal
defense, but outflanked both defenders with a precise bounce pass to
Hardey, who sent the contest into overtime.

The lead changed
hands five times during the fifth period and settled firmly in Marion's
hands when Hardey buried two foul shots with 1:07 left. After Hardey
gave Marion the lead, Hett slammed the door with one final foul shot
with 1.9 seconds left.

Hardey totaled 14 points, and Zeiner scored 17.

 

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