The Marion Warriors girls’ basketball team finished 2-1 at the Trojan Classic in Hillsboro beating Hesston in the third place game on Saturday. The Warriors trailed the Swathers by as much as thirteen in the second half, and rallied a late comeback to win, 61-56.
Julia Zeiner and Lindsay Hett combined for 49 points. Hett scored eight points in the last 6:30 of the contest including a three with over six minutes to play to pull the Warriors to 50-49. Hett stole the ball away on the defensive end to create the 51-50 go-ahead-points on a pass up court to Zeiner for a fast break lay up.
From that point on, Marion didn?t trail again building to a six-point win.
The first half was back and forth. The lead changed several times and Hesston was matching Marion basket for basket and vice versa. Marion fell behind early in the ball game but quickly came back to tie the?game at seven. After that, neither team could build any lead until the second half. The first half ended 36-35 Hesston.
Zeiner finished with 28 points, seven rebounds. Hett had 21 points, four rebounds, five steals, and three blocked shots. Whitney Gordon shared a game high nine rebounds with Hesston?s Sam Short.
Other scorers for Marion were Gordon (5), Bridget Lundy (3), Kayley Heerey and Kristen Steinborn (2).
Hesston was led by Mallory Schroeder with 17 points. Short added 14.
Marion improved to 9-2 overall and is 3-0 in MCAA play.
The Marion boys finished 1-2 at the Trojan Classic defeating Republic County in the Trojan Classic seventh place game on Saturday 65-45 in Hillsboro.
The Warriors jumped out to a 16-7 lead to end the first quarter. Marion continued to build its lead in the second quarter to a 33-15 half time lead.
In the second half, Marion opened its lead up to over 20 and led 42-23 going into the fourth quarter.
Eric Vogel had 20 points, seven rebounds. Isaac Hett finished with 16 points six rebounds. Other scorers for Marion were Wil Case and Mitch Cady (8), Jordan Hett (7), and Jordan Versch, Jacob Harper and Scott Jones (2).
Marion improved to 5-6 overall and is 2-1 in MCAA play.
Marion hosts Ellinwood on Tuesday in a match up rescheduled from Jan. 5 due to inclement weather.