Marion loses two to Remington

Marion’s second league games of the season proved to be an uphill climb as both Warrior squads fell to visiting Remington Tuesday.

Sam RichmondGirls—Marion suffered a 51-27 loss to the Broncos.

Coach Kelly Robson said his team’s effort was not up to par in the game, which saw the Broncos jump to an early, 8-0, lead. Marion salvaged the remaining 4:35 of the first quarter by scoring the final seven points, closing the gap to 8-7 by the end of it.

After Sam Richmond made a basket 45 seconds into the second quarter, Marion endured a 5:28 stretch without making a field goal. Kourtney Hansen and Taelyn Pagel each scored two free-throws before Richmond ended the drought with a basket at the 1:47 mark. At that point, Remington led, 21-15, and the Broncos extended it to 25-17 by halftime. Hansen and Richmond combined to score 14 of Marion’s 17 first-half points, each with seven.

Remington’s Emily Laham—the game’s leading scorer—hit a pair of three-pointers in the first 2:37 to extend the Bronco margin to double figures, then Richmond answered with a trey at the 4:08 mark, making it 31-22. Marion, however, scored just five points after that—a span of 11:52. Remington scored 20, and ended the third quarter with a 6-1 run to lead, 37-23.

Marion’s scoring woes continued in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors remained locked at 23 the first 6:31. Hansen broke the spell with a basket with 1:29 to play. By that time, Remington had tallied all 51 of its points. Taelyn Pagel scored off a turnover to bring it to the final, 24-point spread.

Richmond led Marion’s effort with 10 points. Hansen scored 9.

Mason PedersenBoys—Marion dug itself a hole too deep from which to recover Tuesday, despite solid play down the stretch in a 53-44 loss to Remington.

The Warriors made just one of their first 10 attempts in the opening quarter. The Broncos, on the other hand, were red-hot, making nine of their first 13. That combination led to a 19-3 Remington lead at the first break.

Marion missed its first four shots of the second quarter before Peyton Heidebrecht lifted the lid on the bucket with a two-pointer three minutes in. By halftime, Remington led, 27-10.

The Warriors looked like a different team in the second half. Having made four of 22 attempts (18 percent) before halftime, the Warriors made 15 of 26 after (58 percent).

Marion went on a 6-2 run to start the third quarter and the teams traded baskets. With the Warriors trailing, 35-20, Mason Pedersen scored, the first of four made baskets on consecutive possessions for Marion. By the time Pedersen scored again with 17 seconds left, Marion had cut the deficit to single digits, 37-28. A Bronco free-throw as time expired made it 38-28 at the final break.

Remington outscored Marion, 9-4, to start the fourth quarter to lead by 15, then the Warriors enjoyed a 7-2 stretch capped by three-pointer by Sam Zinn with 1:54 to play. The teams traded scores, and Pedersen scored the game’s final basket—a three-pointer—with 4 seconds left, bringing Marion within nine at the final buzzer.

Pedersen led the team with 18 points.

Coming—Marion will travel to Bennington Friday.

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