Marion girls roll past Eureka in sub-state opener

Erika Hess draws a foul late in the second quarter against Eureka. Hess scored five points in Marion?s 60-23 win.
Erika Hess draws a foul late in the second quarter against Eureka. Hess scored five points in Marion?s 60-23 win.
The third-seeded Marion girls used a hot start to propel them to victory over sixth-seeded Eureka Tuesday in a Class 3A sub-state quarterfinal game. Once the Warriors were rolling, there was no stopping them en-route to a 60-23 win.

The teams were familiar opponents. Marion had won a 52-25 contest over the Tornadoes in mid-December.

Marion came out firing on all cylinders, making six of its first 10 field goals while holding Eureka scoreless to build a 15-0 lead. Kourtney Hansen strung together 10 points on her way to a game-high 22.

Eureka scored its first and only field goal of the period at the 3:07 mark before Bailey Robson and Kristen Herzet closed the quarter with baskets to give Marion a 19-2 lead.

Marion outscored Eureka 16-8 in the second quarter, led by Erika Hess with five points, including a quarter-opening three-pointer. At halftime, Marion led, 35-10.

Kourtney Hansen puts up a layup during the second half against Eureka. Hansen led all scorers with 22 points in Marion?s 60-23 win.
Kourtney Hansen puts up a layup during the second half against Eureka. Hansen led all scorers with 22 points in Marion?s 60-23 win.

The Warriors continued to build their lead, reaching a 30-point spread with a 5-0 run to lead 44-14 with 2:31 left in the third quarter. The teams more or less traded scores for a 52-21 margin by the end of the period.

With a running clock in place to start the fourth quarter, McKenzee Remmers drained a three-pointer about 15 seconds in, and Coach Kelly Robson cleared his bench on the way to the 37-point win.

Joining Kourtney Hansen in double figures was Bailey Robson with 11 points.

Coming?Marion will face No. 2 Southeast of Saline Friday in a semifinal game at Halstead. The Trojans defeated No. 7 Halstead Tuesday, 52-24. Marion faced SES in the season-opener and lost, 46-42.