The Marion girls’ basketball season came to a close Thursday with a 47-41 semifinal loss to Inman in the Class 2A substate semifinals hosted by Hillsboro.
The Warriors had defeated the Teutons by a 40-37 margin on Feb. 13, but things were different the second time around.
In the teams’ first meeting, Marion took the upper hand with a hot start offensively, but this time, it was the Teutons who came out shooting well.
All four of Inman’s made field goals in the first quarter were three-pointers. Those baskets, plus a free-throw, left Marion trailing, 13-6, at the end of the first period. On the other end of the floor, the Warriors were 2-for-13 from the field in the first quarter.
The Teutons hit their fifth three with 6:40 left in the half. But Sam Richmond answered with a trey of her own to ignite a 10-3 Warrior rally to end the period, closing the gap to 21-16 at halftime.
Marion continued to gain momentum, limiting Inman to six points in the third quarter while scoring 13 as five Warriors scored points in the period. After Richmond drained her second three-pointer of the night, Kourtney Hansen scored to tie the game at 23. By the end of the period, Marion had taken the lead, 29-27.
But Inman scored 20 points to Marion’s 12 in the fourth quarter, with the Teutons making 13 of 19 free-throws attempted in the period.
Marion trailed, 37-36, with 2:31 to play, then Inman made its sixth three-pointer of the night and followed with two free-throws to gain distance, 42-36. Richmond made her third three-pointer to trim the deficit to three, but Inman made four free-throws before Marion scored again—a basket by Corrina Crabb with 12 seconds left. One more Inman free-throw brought it to the final, six-point spread.
Hansen and Richmond shared top scoring honors for Marion with 11 points each.
Marion concludes its season with an overall record of 17-5.
Marion will graduate six seniors: Hansen, Courtney Herzet, Jessi Lewman, Alli Molleker, Corin Parmley and Richmond.