Marion splits games with Elyria Christian

The Marion basketball teams split games at Elyria Christian Friday. The girls won, 47-29. The boys lost, 61-49.

Girls—Marion defeated Elyria Christian, 47-29, Friday.

The Warriors built a 10-5 lead after one quarter of play, led by Kourtney Hansen with four points. Sam Richmond made a three-pointer in the period, the first of two on the night.

Scoring in the second quarter was more evenly matched as Marion held a slight edge, 9-8. Courtney Herzet paved the way with a pair of two-point baskets, and Marion led, 19-13, at halftime.

The Warriors enjoyed their most productive offensive quarter in the third period, outscoring the home team, 15-10. Richmond led the effort with seven points in the quarter, including her second three-pointer of the night. The Warriors led, 34-23, at the final break.

Marion sealed the 18-point win by outscoring Elyria 13-6 in the fourth quarter.

Richmond led all scorers with 14 points. Hansen scored 11.

Boys—Marion lost to Elyria Christian, 61-49, Friday.

The Warriors trailed only by two, 11-9, at the end of the first quarter, with Blaine Mermis scoring five of Marion’s points.

But Elyria Christian stretched its lead in the second quarter by outscoring Marion, 19-10, to enjoy a 30-19 advantage at halftime.

Elyria grew its lead further with a 20-13 third-quarter effort, leaving Marion trailing, 50-32, at the final break.

The Warriors made up some ground in the final quarter, outscoring the home team, 17-11, led by Chase Stringer, who scored nine of those points. But the deficit was too big from which to recover, and Marion lost by 12 in the end.

Stringer and Evann Heidebrecht shared top scoring honors for Marion with 13 points each.

Coming—Marion will host Berean Academy Tuesday.