Marion loses two to Berean Academy

Marion lost two games to Berean Academy Friday night. The girls lost 33-23, while the boys dropped a 60-37 contest.

Girls?The Marion girls struggled to score in Friday?s 33-23 loss to Berean.

Berean built a 5-0 lead before Julia Hall put the home team on the board with a basket at the 4:39 mark. Elizabeth Meyer scored at 1:04, but by the end of the first quarter, Berean led, 11-4.

Marion was plagued by turnovers in the second quarter and struggled to get the ball inside. With Berean in front, 15-6, Bailey Robson made a pair of free throws, then the teams traded baskets for a 19-10 margin at halftime.

Robson opened the third quarter with a three-pointer, but it was Marion?s only points of the quarter. Berean extended its lead to 26-13 by the end of the period.

After Berean built its largest lead of the night, 30-15, with 5:24 left to play, the Marion offense found its stride, rattling off eight straight points, including a three-point play by Kourtney Hansen and two baskets by Erika Hess. But the effort was too little, too late, as Berean claimed the 10-point victory.

Marion shot 23.1 percent from the field (9-39). Hess led the team in scoring with six points. Kourtney Hansen grabbed 10 rebounds. Each team committed 22 turnovers.

Boys?A deep and talented Berean squad proved too much for Marion in a 60-37 loss Friday night.

Marion hung with Berean in the game?s opening minutes and trailed by one, 5-4, when Peyton Heidebrecht scored at the 5:05 mark. But from there, Marion shots refused to fall, and Berean surged to a 15-4 advantage by the end of the first quarter.

Marion responded by outscoring Berean 15-14 in the second period. Jacob Baldwin chipped in six points, and Bret Voth closed the half with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer that put the halftime score at 29-19 in favor of Berean.

But Berean continued to build its lead in the third quarter, capitalizing off Marion turnovers and missed shots for a 43-23 margin after scoring in transition at 1:16. Dylan Pippin and Heidebrecht closed the half with consecutive baskets to bring the score to 43-27 heading into the final quarter.

Baldwin scored six of Marion?s 10 fourth-quarter points, and the game ended with Berean in front, 60-37.

Marion shot 31.6 percent from the field (12-38), while Berean shot 49 percent (24-49), including 61.9 percent in the second half (13-21). Baldwin added 10 rebounds to his team-high 14 points for a double-double performance.

Coming?Both Marion teams will play either Eureka or Remington Saturday. The girls will play at 3 p.m. and the boys at 4:30 p.m.

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