Marion girls’ season ends in sub-state semifinals

Kourtney Hansen
Kourtney Hansen
The Marion girls’ basketball season came to a close Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 3A sub-state tournament hosted by Mission Valley. The third-seeded Warriors overcame a poor start in what became a competitive game, but in the end, Marion succumbed to No. 2 Wellsville, 40-34.

In the game’s first four-plus minutes, Marion committed seven turnovers and missed two shots, allowing Wellsville to build a 10-0 lead. Kourtney Hansen made the Warriors’ only basket of the period at the 3:35 mark, and by the first break, Marion faced a 16-2 deficit.

The Warriors made up some ground in the second quarter. Despite 3-for-9 shooting from the field, Marion outscored the Eagles, 10-5, when Wellsville shots refused to fall. The Eagles made just two baskets in 10 attempts in the period, and Marion scored the final six points of the quarter to draw within 21-12 at halftime.

After halftime, Alli Molleker and Sam Richmond scored in succession to close the gap to five, but Wellsville broke its 5:26 scoring drought by draining two three-pointers sandwiching a basket by Hansen at the 4:53 mark. That was Marion’s final made basket of the period, and the Warriors added three free-throws, but trailed, 31-21, at the final break.

Corin Parmley
Corin Parmley
Wellsville attempted, and made, its final basket with 4:25 in the game. The three-pointer put the Eagles in front, 36-27, but after that, Corin Parmley scored to ignite a furious 7-1 Warrior rally over the next three minutes. Taelyn Pagel made a three-pointer in that stretch, and by the time Hansen scored with 22 seconds left, Marion had closed the gap to 37-34. Wellsville, however, made three of four free-throws in the final 22 seconds, while Marion missed two shots, bringing the final margin to six.

Hansen led the Warriors with 10 points. The Warriors committed 26 turnovers in the game and attempted 11 fewer shots than the Eagles. Marion concludes the season with an overall record of 15-7.