Marion splits two games at Bennington

The Marion basketball teams split a pair of games at Bennington Friday.

Girls?Marion rolled to a 50-22 victory over Bennington.

Bennington scored its only two baskets of the first quarter within the first 1:39 of play?a game-opening two-pointer and a traditional three-point play?to take a 5-4 lead. From there, Marion ended the quarter with a 12-1 run to stake a 16-6 advantage. Erika Hess led the effort with five points.

The Warriors held Bennington scoreless the duration of the second quarter as the Bulldogs were 0-for-6 from the field. Meanwhile, led by four points by Bailey Robson, Marion extended its lead to 24-6 by halftime.

One minute into the third period, Bennington scored its first basket since the 6:21 mark of the first quarter, but Kourtney Hansen and Kirsten Hansen later combined for a 7-0 run to extend Marion?s advantage. The Warriors ended the quarter on an 8-2 run, giving Marion a 41-14 lead at the final break.

The teams traded scores in the fourth quarter. Marion reached the 30-point spread?and a running clock?when Kristen Herzet made a free throw with 3:57 left in the game, and the Warriors went on to win by 28.

Marion shot around 46 percent from the field in the game (21-46), while limiting Bennington to around 24 percent (8-34).

Kourtney Hansen led all scorers with 13 points.

Boys?Marion got off to a slow start in a 63-45 loss to Bennington Friday.

The Warriors went 2-for-6 from the field in the opening quarter. Jack Schneider made a free-throw to start the game, and Evann Heidebrecht scored the Warriors? first basket at the 4:12 mark. Peyton Heidebrecht added a second basket with 31 seconds left in the period. Marion trailed, 18-5, by the end of it.

Schneider and Nicholas Stuchlik scored in succession to start the second quarter, and the teams traded scores. Bennington extended its lead with a 9-0 run to end the half for a 35-15 advantage at halftime.

Marion played Bennington evenly through the third quarter. Schneider and Evann Heidebrecht each scored six points for the Warriors, bringing the margin to 49-29 at the final break.

The Warriors outscored the Bulldogs in the final period, aided by four three-point baskets by Mason Pedersen, but the deficit was too large to overcome. Marion trailed by 18 when the final buzzer sounded.

Pedersen led all scorers with 18 points. Evann Heidebrecht added 12.

Coming?Marion will host Moundridge Tuesday.

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