Marion loses two at Council Grove

The Marion basketball teams lost two games on the road at Council Grove Friday.

Alli Molleker
Alli Molleker
Girls—The Warriors suffered a 61-32 defeat Friday, after digging themselves into a hole early on.

Council Grove’s Faith Brintle hit a three-pointer 39 seconds into the contest, a sign of what was to come. The Braves made six of eight attempts in the first quarter—four of which came from beyond the arc—to stake an 18-4 lead by the first break. Marion, meanwhile, made one of six attempts—a three-pointer by Sam Richmond at the 6:03 mark—and added a free-throw to tally four points in the quarter.

The Braves built their lead to 23-5, then Marion enjoyed a 7-0 run. However, when Marion missed a few shots and turned the ball over twice, Council Grove scored the final eight points of the half in a 26-second span to enjoy a 31-12 advantage at intermission.

Brintle tallied 16 points by halftime. Five of the Braves’ 11 made baskets in the first half were three-pointers.

Marion made a run in the second half, outscoring Council Grove, 7-3 in the first three minutes. Kourtney Hansen scored six of those points, twice recording a steal and scoring off the turnover. A Brave three-pointer ended the run, and the teams traded scores the rest of the way for a 43-25 Brave lead heading into the final break.

The Warriors turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions midway through the final period, which helped the Braves stretch their lead to 51-28 with 3:47 to play. Council Grove built to its largest lead at the end, after, fittingly, hitting one final three-pointer with 34 seconds to play.

Hansen led the Warriors with 18 points. Brintle led all scorers with 23.

Evann Heidebrecht
Evann Heidebrecht
Boys—The Warriors allowed themselves to get sped up in a 64-38 loss Friday.

For the first three minutes, Marion hung with the home team, even building a 6-2 lead after Chase Stringer and Sam Zinn scored in succession. But with the Braves’ up-tempo play, Marion began rushing the pace, which led to turnovers on three consecutive possessions and consequently allowed the Braves to take a 7-6 lead.

Blaine Mermis scored Marion’s last field goal of the quarter at the 4:21 mark, and by the first break, Council Grove held a 22-12 lead.

The Warriors endured a scoreless stretch lasting the first 5:02 of the second quarter. By the time Nathan Baldwin broke the drought, the Braves’ lead had grown to 31-14. Council Grove led, 35-19, at halftime, having scored their final six points at the charity stripe when their last nine field goal attempts of the half missed their mark.

When Marion went 0-for-8 to start the third quarter, Council Grove enjoyed a 12-1 run. Evann Heidebrecht lifted the lid on the basket with a two-pointer at the 4:20 mark, but by the final break, the Braves enjoyed a 60-26 lead.

With a running clock in place to start the fourth quarter, Marion outscored the Braves in the period, 12-4, bringing it to the final, 26-point spread.

Zachary Stuchlik and Stringer shared top scoring honors for Marion with 10 points each.

Coming—Marion will host Moundridge Tuesday.

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