Marion splits season-opener at SES

The Marion basketball teams found mixed results in their season-opener at Southeast of Saline Friday. The girls earned a 35-19 victory, while the boys suffered a 68-37 defeat.

Kourtney Hansen
Kourtney Hansen
Girls—Marion started the season with a 16-point victory Friday over the team that ended the Warriors’ season in the sub-state semifinals last season. The win was coach Kelly Robson’s first over SES. Admittedly, both teams featured a number of new faces this time around.

Marion trailed, 7-3, midway through the first quarter, then Kourtney Hansen scored on a traditional three-point play to close the gap to one. The Trojans made a two-pointer with 1:26 left in the period, then Hansen drained a three-pointer, recorded a steal and scored again to give Marion an 11-9 lead at the first break.

The Warrior streak continued in the second quarter, as Marion took advantage of Trojan turnovers and outscored SES, 11-2. SES’s scoring drought lasted nearly seven and a half minutes, and by the time Hansen scored with 38 seconds left in the half, Marion’s lead was in double figures, 22-11. The Warriors held that lead at intermission. SES committed 14 turnovers in the first half.

The Warriors grew their lead when Taelyn Pagel made two free-throws and Corin Parmley made three- and two-point baskets in succession for a 29-13 margin. SES added a free-throw, for a 29-14 score at the final break.

Marion outscored SES 6-5 in the final quarter, leading by as many as 35-15 when Corrina Crabb scored with 2:18 to go. SES scored the final four points to bring it to the 16-point spread.

Hansen led the Warriors with 11 points, all of which she tallied in the first half.

Evann Heidebrecht
Evann Heidebrecht
Boys—Pitted against a sharp-shooting SES team, Marion suffered a 68-37 defeat Friday. The Trojans finished third in Class 3A a year ago.

The Trojans made 13 three-pointers in the game, accounting for more than half of their scoring. The game’s leading scorer, Bryce Banks, made eight of them, including two within the first 2:15 of play to contribute to a 9-2 Trojan lead.

Marion made three of 11 attempts from the field in the first quarter. Zachary Stuchlik scored two of them to lead Marion’s effort with four points. By the end of the quarter, SES led, 25-9.

SES continued to build its lead in the second period. Stuchlik scored Marion’s first basket of the quarter at the 4:56 mark, then Sam Zinn drained a pair of three-pointers in a two-minute span. But the Trojans matched that with two threes in the final 2:06, and by halftime, SES led, 42-18.

In the third quarter, Evann Heidebrecht scored two baskets in succession and Stuchlik drained a three, but by the end of the period, SES had built its advantage to 57-25.

A three-pointer and a three-point play extended SES’s advantage to 63-25, then Zinn made two baskets sandwiching a three-pointer by Mason Pedersen, for a 63-32 score. With a running clock in effect, SES went on to win by that same, 31-point margin.

Banks led all scorers with 26 points. Jackson Montgomery added 14.

Stuchlik led the Warriors with 11 points. Zinn added 10.

Coming—The Warriors will host the Marion Classic next week. Marion will play Berean Academy Monday.

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