Marion girls defeat Herington in 2A substate quarterfinals

Kourtney Hansen
Kourtney Hansen
Marion defeated Herington, 40-24, Monday in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A substate tournament hosted by Hillsboro.

When Marion shots refused to fall, the Warriors relied on their defense, which forced 28 Herington turnovers.

Herington struggled from the field, too, and Marion took control from the start, building an 8-0 lead—thanks to four consecutive baskets by Kourtney Hansen. The Railers made their first basket with 1:25 left in the first quarter but drained a three to draw within 8-5 at the first break.

Hansen scored her 10th points 55 seconds into the second quarter, then neither team scored for more than three minutes as a result of missed shots and turnovers.

Sam Richmond broke the drought at the 3:46 mark, but Herington outscored Marion, 8-4, in the final 2:45 to draw within 16-13 at halftime.

Hansen scored 14 of Marion’s 16 first-half points.

Marion enjoyed a 7-0 run to start the third quarter, then Herington scored two baskets in a 41-second span. Marion closed the quarter on a 6-0 run to enjoy a double-digit, 29-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors maintained momentum with a 9-0 start to the fourth quarter. Herington scored its first points of the period with 1:48 left in the game, and Marion cruised to the 16-point victory.

“The frustration just kind of built up on us in the first quarter, first half,” coach Kelly Robson said. “I was really pleased that it felt like we put that away in the second half and played much more like ourselves.”

Hansen led all scorers with 22 points.

Coming—Marion advances to play Inman in the semifinals Thursday at Hillsboro.