Marion drops both at Collegiate

The Marion High School girls basketball team lost at Collegiate 63-57. The boys lost 71-34.?

21-13 early in the second quarter, the Warrior girls rallied to take a
22-21 lead on a pair of foul shots by Bridget Lundy. Marion kept its
foot on the gas, opening up a 30-23 lead behind 15 first-half points
from Julia Zeiner.

Collegiate got the best of the third quarter,
outscoring Marion 29-12 to carry a 52-42 lead into the final frame.
Back-to-back steal-and-score layups by Lindsay Hett jumpstarted the
Warrior offense early in the period, but 10 points was too much to
overcome. Hett knocked down a 3-pointer in the left wing corner with 8
seconds left to make it a 2-possession game, 62-57.

When the
Spartans got a fast-break started with a 50-foot cannon-shot lead pass
that zipped past two Warriors and scored a spectacular layup early in
the boys game, the 0-4 deficit Marion had seemed instantly larger than
the numbers on the scoreboard.

Calvin Jeffrey scored 18 points,
but the rest of the Warrior offense managed just 16 in the face of a
"defense decides championships" effort on Collegiate's home floor.

technical foul in the waning moments of the first quarter helped bring
Marion cut it to 13-10 before the start of the second. Luke Gordon
scored first in the second, but Collegiate collected five fast points
on a combination of field goals and foul shots. Marion trimmed it to
18-14 on a backdoor layup by Justin Heidebrecht, but back-to-back
scores prompted a Warriors timeout with 4:47 left in the second.?

Those 4:47 were not kind to Marion. Collegiate built its lead to 34-18 and headed into halftime on a 16-4 run.

Spartan guard Andrew Hourani tallied 14 in the first two quarters, but Marion stymied him in
the second half, limiting him to one basket the rest of the way. Yet
Collegiate's scoring continued unabated, with runs of 27-10 in the
third and 10-6 in a fourth quarter shortened by a running clock.

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