Marion girls finish 07-08 as substate runners-up

The Marion High School girls basketball team capped off a season
that will not be soon forgotten with a 70-44 loss to SE of Saline in
Hillsboro Saturday.

The game, for the first half at least, was considerably more competitive than the score would indicate. The Warriors trailed 17-14 after the first
frame and were down only three at halftime. Marion was unable to bounce
back after a 24-point third quarter by the Trojans and was outscored 20-8 in the fourth.

Lindsay Hett
got Marion out of the gate in a flash, burying two 3-pointers and a
long 2-pointer to change a 5-2 deficit into a 10-5 lead in a 55-second
span early in the first quarter. Julia Zeiner got on the board with a
short-range shot at the 4:30 mark.

Zeiner notched a fast break
layup for a 14-7 lead, then swatted Sadie Roesner's shot at the other
end, and everything was rolling Marion's way. But as quickly as it had
materialized, the Warrior lead evaporated. SE of Saline ended the
period on a 10-0 run.?

Kimber Hardey had scored the Warriors
first basket of the game, and broke through with Marion's first basket
of the second quarter, a dribble-drive layup at 6:25. A steal by Kayley
Heerey followed immediately, but points did not. Marion closed within a
point twice in the frame, never led, and also trailed by six twice.
After Kristen Steinborn made a foul shot with 1:01 left until halftime,
Zeiner added two more free throws, making it 26-23 at intermission.

added 11 points after the half, finishing with 17. Heerey scored four
in the third quarter, finishing with six. No other Warrior had more
than two after the intermission, as the Trojans limited their own
mistakes while forcing 10 Marion turnovers. SE of Saline also
outrebounded Marion 37-21 overall and 16-4 at the offensive end.

loss marks the end of Marion's most successful girls basketball season
in recent history, but with a young roster, also points to a very
bright future.

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