Marion splits games at Moundridge

Marion split two games at Moundridge Tuesday. The girls won, 37-36, and the boys lost, 78-69.

Girls—A last-second basket by Courtney Herzet lifted Marion past Moundridge Tuesday, 37-36.

Marion trailed at the end of the first three quarters, and in the first half, Kourtney Hansen and Alli Molleker accounted for all of Marion’s points.

The Warriors trailed, 11-7, after one quarter of play, with Hansen scoring five of those points.

Hansen and Molleker each scored five points in the second quarter—the Warriors outscored the Wildcats, 10-8 in the period—to bring Marion within two at halftime, 19-17.

Moundridge held the upper hand in the third quarter, outscoring Marion, 10-8. Sam Richmond made a three to aid the effort, and Marion scored five points at the charity stripe. The Wildcats led, 29-25, heading into the final period.

Hansen and Corrina Crabb led scoring efforts for Marion in the fourth quarter with four points each as Marion outscored the home team, 12-7. Hansen dished the ball to Courtney Herzet for the game-winning layup.

Hansen led the Warriors with 17 points. Moundridge’s Bethany Stucky led all scorers with 19 points, including nine made free-throws.

Boys—Marion suffered a 78-69 loss Tuesday to a Wildcat team led by the two-man show of Dillon Vogts and Noah Eichelberger, who combined to score 65 points on the night.

Vogts made nine three-pointers and led all scorers with 34 points, while Eichelberger made 10 two-point baskets and drained three treys on his way to a 31-point night.

The Warriors, however, claimed the lead after one quarter of play, 19-18, with Chase Stringer scoring eight of his team-high 21 points in the period and Sam Zinn adding seven points.

But a 17-9 Wildcat effort in the second quarter, led by 12 points from Eichelberger, put Marion in a hole from which it was too deep to climb. Marion trailed, 35-28, at halftime.

Although Vogts drained four three-pointers in the third quarter, Marion nearly matched Moundridge’s offensive production. Stringer led the effort with seven points. Eli Hett made a three-pointer, and Zinn, Evann Heidebrecht, Noah Dalrymple and Blaine Mermis made two-pointers. Moundridge took a 54-46 lead into the final period.

The teams battled fairly evenly through the fourth quarter. Heidebrecht scored 10 points to pave the way, but the deficit was too large to overcome, and Marion lost by nine in the end.

Stringer scored 21 to lead Marion. Zinn and Heidebrecht each scored 12. Zachary Stuchlik scored 11.

Coming—Marion will host Sterling Friday.

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