Marion girls win big, boys victorious in thriller at Hutchinson Trinity

The Marion basketball teams continued their winning ways by sweeping Hutchinson Trinity on the road Friday.Kirsten Hansen shoots for two during the first quarter at Hutchinson Trinity. Hansen led all scorers with 11 points in Marion?s 42-21 win.

Girls?Marion cruised to a 42-21 victory over the Celtics Friday.

The Celtics scored just one field goal in the first quarter, which happened to be the game?s first basket. From there, Kirsten Hansen drained the first of her three three-pointers to ignite an 11-0 Warrior run. Trinity chipped in a free throw before McKenzee Remmers scored back-to-back baskets to give Marion a 15-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Celtics trimmed the margin to six with a pair of three-pointers to kick off the second quarter, then Marion strung six unanswered points together to enjoy a 21-9 lead. Trinity scored with 3:47 left in the half to make it 21-11, and neither team scored again before halftime.

Marion outscored Trinity 12-5 in the third quarter. Kirsten Hansen contributed a pair of threes to the effort, and the Warriors ended the period on a 9-1 run to lead, 33-16, heading into the final quarter.

McKenzee Remmers scores to give Marion a 37-17 lead over Hutchinson Trinity. She scored 10 points in Marion?s 42-21 win.After a Celtic free throw, Remmers scored twice to increase Marion?s lead to 37-17. Trinity made a pair of baskets, then the Warriors scored the final five points of the game, courtesy of a three-pointer by Erika Hess followed by a basket by Kourtney Hansen off a turnover. That brought it to the final, 21-point spread.

Kirsten Hansen led all scorers with 11 points. Remmers added 10.

Boys?In a game that came down to the final seconds, Marion earned a 64-62 victory over Hutchinson Trinity with a last-second three-pointer by Tyler Zinn.

Marion held a seven-point lead going into the final period after a monstrous third quarter effort in which the Warriors scored more points (26) than they did in the first two quarters combined. The effort righted the ship after a tepid first half, during which Marion made just two field goals in the first eight minutes of play and trailed by as many as 14 points.

Tyler Zinn shoots for two during the first quarter at Hutchinson Trinity. Zinn led all scorers with 37 points.For as thrilling as the game ended, it began in a much different fashion. Trinity built a 7-0 lead before Nicholas Stuchlik broke Marion?s scoring drought halfway through the period. The Celtics increased their lead to 13-2 before Dylan Pippin chipped in a pair of free-throws at the 2:25 mark. Stuchlik scored Marion?s second field goal as time expired in the quarter, giving Trinity a 17-6 lead at the first break.

Zinn and Stuchlik contributed to a 9-2 Warrior rally to start the second quarter to close the gap to 19-15, but Trinity responded with eight unanswered points to stretch the lead back to double figures, 27-15. The Celtics led by as many as 30-16 before Zinn and Mason Pedersen closed the half with a 6-0 run, bringing the halftime score to 30-22.

Jack Schneider caught fire after intermission, scoring nine points in just more than three minutes of play. Zinn drained a pair of three-pointers during what became a 15-1 Warrior run that put Marion in front, 37-31, at the 4:25 mark.

Nicholas Stuchlik draws a foul during the third quarter. He scored eight points in Marion?s 64-62 win. The Warriors stretched their lead to 10, 46-36, after Pedersen scored off a turnover, and the third quarter ended with Marion in front, 48-41.

Pedersen scored early in the fourth quarter to put the Warriors up 50-41, but Trinity used a three-point play and a basket off a steal to draw within 50-46 and force coach Jeff McMillin to call timeout. Zinn scored Marion?s next eight points, including two three-pointers, for a 58-53 margin with 4:15 left in the game.

Pippin made a free-throw, but then Marion turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions, allowing Trinity to tie the game at 59 with 49 seconds left to play. Zinn scored to put Marion up by two, 61-59, and Trinity called timeout with 18 seconds remaining.

The Celtics made a go-ahead three-pointer with five seconds left to the delight of the home crowd, and McMillin called timeout. With one second put back on the clock, Zinn received the inbounds pass and drained a three-pointer as time expired to give Marion the 64-62 victory.

The Marion boys? basketball team celebrates Tyler Zinn?s game-winning three-pointer that gave the Warriors the 64-62 victory over Hutchinson Trinity.

Zinn led all scorers with 37 points.

Coming?Marion will host Berean Academy Tuesday.

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