Marion pulls out nail-biter to remain undefeated; girls fall at home to Remington

The best teams find a way to win, even on an off night, and the Marion boys’ basketball team proved they were capable of just that as they rallied in the final quarter for a 40-39 home victory over Remington Tuesday. They remain undefeated at 5-0. The Marion girls weren’t so lucky, losing a 39-19 decision to the Broncos to fall to 2-4. 

Boys – Marion came out as flat as week-old Pepsi in the first half of play; the Warriors had breakdowns on defense and couldn’t buy a rebound, not to mention struggling to score. Jordan Hett started hot, landing back-to-back shots and draining a three-pointer to make it 7-7 at 2:43 in the first quarter. But the Broncos took a 14-10 lead into the second quarter and things began to get out of hand. 

Remington out-scored Marion in the second period, including a five-point run at the beginning of the quarter for an eight-point lead, 19-10. Marion called a time-out to regroup, and Jordan Hett and Jacob Harper combined with a three-pointer from Taylor Heidebrecht to whittle the Bronco lead down to five at the break, 22-17. 

The Warriors looked lack-luster once more out of the locker room, allowing Remington a 10-4 run despite two buckets from Harper. Hett and Harper joined forces for nine points in the remaining three minutes to finally shift the momentum in Marion’s favor and make it 34-30 at the end of the third period.

Zac Robson kept the ball rolling with a three-pointer seconds into the final quarter. But Marion went 0-4 at the line, while Remington added three freebies to make it 37-33 at the five-minute mark. It appeared the comeback would slip out of the Warriors’ grasp, but Heidebrecht nailed a three-pointer and Harper drove to the rim for two buckets to give Marion its first lead since the opening minutes, 40-39, with 2:24 remaining. 

Marion missed two more free throws, but its defense stood strong and earned back-to-back stops. Robson pulled in a key rebound as the seconds ticked down and then nabbed a steal to secure the win just before the buzzer. 

Harper recorded 16 points and Hett 14 points in a low-scoring contest. Heidebrecht added six points, Robson three and James Jones one point. 

Girls – Turnovers and trouble handling the press and Bronco defense was the name of the game against Remington.

Like last Friday, Marion started off with multiple turnovers. But the Warriors held Remington to two points and made a bucket of their own to tie it, 2-2, at 6:30. The Broncos scored six straight points before Marion’s Corey Shields found the basket on a rebound. Remington led, 10-4, at the end of the first quarter. 

Brianna Hall and Megan Richmond combined for a six-point scoring burst to begin the second quarter, but the Broncos answered with 10 straight points to go up at the break, 24-10. 

The outlook didn’t improve much in the third quarter, as turnovers and poor shooting enabled Remington to build a 31-14 lead by the end of the period. 

The trend held true for the final period, with Kirsten Hansen scoring off a steal with 35 seconds left for the final score of 39-19. 

Richmond led the Warriors in scoring with seven points. 

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