Marion splits games with Rural Vista to conclude Cougar Classic

The Marion basketball teams split their final games of the Cougar Classic Saturday night. Both teams faced Rural Vista. The boys lost, 56-47, while the girls won in comeback fashion, 41-40.

Dylan Pippin turned in a double-double performance with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors? 56-47 loss to Rural Vista Saturday.
Dylan Pippin turned in a double-double performance with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors? 56-47 loss to Rural Vista Saturday.

Boys?Marion lost Saturday?s seventh-place matchup to Rural Vista by nine.

Both teams got off to a slow start. Unofficially, Marion made 4-of-14 field goal attempts in the opening quarter (28.6 percent). With Rural Vista in front, 7-2, Mason Pedersen drained a three-pointer to ignite an 8-2 Warrior run. Jack Schneider closed the quarter with a three-point and two-point basket, boosting Marion in front, 10-9, as the quarter ended.

Bret Voth gave Marion its largest lead, 12-9, but after that, the Heat went on a 19-6 run to give them a double-digit, 28-18, advantage with 2:26 left in the second quarter. Marion rallied with a 10-3 burst to end the quarter, including back-to-back threes by Voth and Schneider, but the Warriors trailed, 31-28, at halftime.

The first six minutes of the third quarter belonged solely to Dylan Pippin and Cade Stilwell, as the pair single-handedly scored the game?s next 13 points, putting Marion behind by two, 37-35, at the 2:24 mark. The third quarter ended with the Heat in front, 42-37.

Rural Vista built its lead to 49-39, then Nicholas Stuchlik scored two baskets to trim the margin to six. That was the closest Marion got, however, and the Warriors fell by nine in the end.

Pippin led Marion with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Schneider added 10 points.

Kourtney Hansen drives between two Rural Vista defenders and scores during the third quarter. Hansen scored a game-winning free throw with 5 seconds left in the game.
Kourtney Hansen drives between two Rural Vista defenders and scores during the third quarter. Hansen scored a game-winning free throw with 5 seconds left in the game.
Girls?They say the only score that matters is the final one. That proved true for the Warriors, who, after trailing the entire game and by as many as 11 points, took their first and only lead with 5.1 seconds left in the game and went on to defeat Rural Vista by one.

With the victory, Marion claimed third place in the Cougar Classic tournament.

Marion got off to a slow start, trailing 7-0 before Marshelle Mermis put the Warriors on the board midway through the first quarter. A 10-4 run by the Heat left Marion trailing, 17-6. Kourtney Hansen scored the quarter?s final basket, bringing the score at the first break to 17-8.

Marion outscored the Heat 8-2 to start the second quarter, but the Warriors found themselves in foul trouble. Rural Vista scored seven of its nine points in the quarter from the charity stripe, and the first half ended with the Heat in front, 26-21.

Rural Vista outscored Marion 6-5 in the third quarter and took a 32-26 lead heading into the final period.

Slowly, Marion began to chip away at the deficit. Hansen scored Marion?s first eight points of the quarter, bringing the Warriors within one, 35-34, with a basket with 3:35 to play. Rural Vista extended its lead to 38-34 before Bailey Robson drained a three-pointer to again bring Marion within one. Rural Vista kept the lead by making one free throw on two separate trips to the line sandwiching a charge foul called on Marion. Hansen scored to close the gap to 40-39 with 1:07 to play, and after two missed Heat free throws, Kristen Herzet tied the game with a free throw with 39.3 seconds left.

Rural Vista turned the ball over on its next possession, prompting coach Kelly Robson to call timeout. Hansen drove to the basket and drew a foul with just 5.1 seconds remaining. She made the second of two free throws, giving Marion a one-point edge. Rural Vista missed a shot at the buzzer, giving Marion the victory.

Hansen was named to the all-tournament team.

Coming?Marion will host Hillsboro Tuesday.

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