Marion splits non-league games with Council Grove

Marion split a pair of basketball games with Council Grove Thursday night. The girls lost, 52-48, and the boys won, 61-52.

Jessi LewmanGirls—Marion could not hang on down the stretch in a 52-48 loss to Council Grove Thursday.

The teams traded scores in the first quarter, as Sam Richmond scored five of Marion’s first six points. A 5-2 run put the Braves in front by four, 12-8, but Marion made its last three field goal attempts of the period, including a three-pointer by Courtney Herzet, and two-point baskets by Corrina Crabb and Kourtney Hansen. The 7-0 run gave Marion the lead at the first break, 15-12.

Council Grove outscored the Warriors, 6-2 to start the second quarter, and Marion made its last basket of the half—a two-pointer by Herzet—with 2:40 to play. Richmond added a pair of free-throws after that, but Council Grove held the lead at intermission, 24-23.

The Braves extended their lead to 35-28 midway through the fourth quarter, but Marion worked to close the gap to 35-34 at the final break, with Kourtney Hansen scoring the final four points of the period.

Marion took the lead, 44-41, by scoring on four consecutive possessions midway through the fourth quarter. But Marion made just one of its final six field goal attempts after that, also turning the ball over twice. An 11-4 Brave run in the final 3:08 sealed the Warriors’ fate.

Hansen led the Warriors with 19 points. Richmond scored 10.

Chase StringerBoys—A solid effort propelled the Marion boys to a 61-52 victory over Council Grove Thursday.

The Warriors got good looks under the basket, contributing to 58 percent shooting from the field (25-for-43).

Council Grove, meanwhile, scored most of its points from beyond the arc with 10 of its 18 made field goals coming from three-point range.

The Braves made three of their first four attempts from the field to burst to a 9-2 lead. Then Chase Stringer, who scored Marion’s first eight points, made two baskets in a row to ignite a 14-3 Warrior rally to close the period.

Council Grove’s Carter Finch made three three-pointers in the first 3:22 of the second quarter—he made five treys on the night—but those were the Braves’ only points of the period. With Marion trailing 21-20, Sam Zinn scored two- and three-point baskets to start an 11-0 Warrior run in the final 4:02. Zachary Stuchlik and Stringer also contributed baskets, and Marion held a double-digit lead at halftime, 31-21.

The Braves used three third-quarter treys by Sam Kirk to make up some ground for a 42-37 score heading into the fourth quarter.

Marion extended its lead to double figures. Stringer punctuated Marion’s 10-3 run with three baskets in succession, including a one-handed dunk that ignited the crowd. Marion led by as many as 13, 58-45, after Eli Hett made a pair of free-throws, and the Warriors went on to win by nine.

Stringer led all scorers with 22 points. Zinn scored 18.

Coming—Marion will resume league play at Moundridge Tuesday.

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