The Marion basketball teams kicked off the New Year with a sweep of league opponent Canton-Galva Tuesday night. The girls won, 48-30, and the boys followed with a 67-51 victory.
Girls?The Marion girls? basketball team was firing on all cylinders Tuesday in its 48-30 win over Canton-Galva. Aside from an early tie, the Warriors never trailed in the contest.
Kourtney Hansen scored the game?s first four points to give Marion an early advantage. With Marion leading, 6-2, Zoe Unruh scored, and Cassidy Enns added a pair of free throws to tie the game.
From there, the Warriors outscored Canton-Galva 9-2. Unruh made a basket with 5 seconds left to break the Eagles? drought and bring the score at the end of the first quarter to 15-8 in favor of Marion.
The Eagles went on a run to start the second quarter when Unruh, Kelli Nightingale and Enns scored in succession to close the gap to 15-14. That prompted coach Kelly Robson to call timeout. Then Marion embarked on an 11-1 run. The Warriors led, 26-15, at halftime.
The teams more or less traded scores after intermission. Kourtney Hansen scored six of Marion?s 11 points in the third quarter, while Enns contributed four points to the Eagles? cause. Marion led, 37-23, heading into the final quarter.
Kourtney Hansen scored off her steal to ignite a 6-0 Warrior run to start the fourth period, giving Marion a 20-point edge. The Warriors took their largest lead, 48-26, when Erika Hess scored with 2:46 to play. Nightingale and Enns scored the game?s last two baskets, bringing the final margin to 18.
Kourtney Hansen led all scorers with 17 points. Hess and Bailey Robson each scored nine. Enns led Canton-Galva with 12.
Boys?The Marion boys? basketball team received a shot in the arm Tuesday with the addition of Olathe South transfer Tyler Zinn, who made his debut in a Warrior jersey at Canton-Galva. Eligible to play beginning in January, the 6-1 senior guard contributed 29 points in three quarters of play to give the Warriors the spark they needed en-route to a 67-51 victory.
Zinn?s presence on the court lit a fire under the entire Warrior team, sparking Marion?s best offensive production so far this season. The Warriors came into the contest averaging just more than 38 points per game.
Canton-Galva jumped to an early lead thanks to baskets by Ethan Loyd and Hunter Pearson. With Marion trailing, 6-2, Jack Schneider and Zinn drained back-to-back three-pointers. Nicholas Stuchlik capped the 8-0 run with a basket to put Marion in front, 10-6. Travis Unruh scored the Eagles? next six points, while Zinn contributed five for Marion. Reed Wiens drained a three to tie the game at 15, and the first quarter ended with the teams locked at 17.
Clayton Sargent and Unruh contributed to a 6-0 Eagle run that put Canton-Galva in front, 25-19. The Eagles held the lead the duration of the half. Zinn accounted for eight of Marion?s nine points the remainder of the half, including a basket off a steal to bring the halftime score to 31-28 in favor of Canton-Galva.
Marion embarked on an 11-0 run after intermission. Dylan Pippin chipped in six points to the effort, including a basket to put Marion in front, 39-31. Evann Heidebrecht later made a three- and two-point basket to give Marion its first double-digit lead, 44-34. The third quarter ended with Marion in front, 49-41.
The Warriors built their lead with an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter. Marion held its largest lead, 63-43, when Mason Pedersen drained a three, and coach Jeff McMillin cleared his bench en-route to the 16-point win.
Zinn led all scorers with 29 points. Dylan Pippin added 11, and Nicholas Stuchlik 10. Unruh led Canton-Galva with 20 points. Reed Wiens added 12.
Coming?Marion will travel to Hutchinson Trinity Friday.
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