Marion lost two games to Berean Academy for the second time this season Tuesday night. The girls lost, 42-33, while the boys dropped a 53-24 contest.
Girls?Marion got off to a slow start offensively in Tuesday?s nine-point loss at Berean. The visiting Warriors did not score in the game?s first six minutes, and the home team built an 8-0 lead. Erika Hess put Marion on the board with a free throw at the 1:50 mark, and Kourtney Hansen made Marion?s first basket with 47 seconds left in the opening period. Berean led, 12-3, by the end of the first quarter.
After Berean extended its lead to double figures with a pair of free throws, Julia Hall scored back-to-back baskets to cut Marion?s deficit to 14-7. A 6-0 Berean run increased the home team?s lead to 13, and the team?s traded scores the rest of the half for a 26-15 margin at the break.
The teams traded blows in the third quarter, battling to a 36-23 score as the period ended. Bailey Robson, Hall and Elizabeth Meyer scored in succession to start the final quarter, cutting Marion?s deficit to 36-29 with 3:39 to play. Berean scored its first points of the quarter from the charity stripe with 2:52 left, and the teams battled from the free-throw line the rest of the way. Kourtney Hansen made all four free throws she attempted in the final 1:13, and although Marion outscored Berean 10-6 in the final period, it was not quite enough to overcome the deficit.
Boys?Pitted against a talented Berean squad, Marion trailed the duration of Tuesday?s 29-point loss.
With Berean in front, 4-0, Jacob Baldwin scored Marion?s first points with 3:54 left in the opening quarter. Marion did not score again until 37 seconds remained in the quarter when Mason Pedersen made a basket, bringing the score to 10-4 as the quarter ended.
Baldwin made a free throw to start the second quarter, but with Marion plagued by turnovers, Berean rattled off 10 points before Baldwin scored at 3:52 to make it 20-7. Bret Voth and Dylan Pippin each chipped in a basket, and the half ended with Berean in front, 28-11.
Neither team scored for nearly three minutes after halftime. Pedersen and Nicholas Stuchlik scored back-to-back baskets midway through the period, and Baldwin scored a minute later for a 33-17 margin. Berean closed the third quarter with a 6-0 burst to take a 39-17 lead into the final break.
Berean built to its largest lead as the game ended. Pedersen and Baldwin accounted for the entirety of Marion?s fourth-quarter scoring.
Coming?Marion will travel to Inman Friday.
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