Marion splits two games with Berean Academy

Kristen Herzet scores to give Marion a 6-1 lead over Berean Tuesday.Marion split two games with Berean Academy Tuesday.

Girls?Marion edged visiting Berean Academy, 40-39, Tuesday.

The home team took command early, limiting Berean to just one free throw in the first 6:25 of play while building a 6-1 lead courtesy of baskets by Erika Hess and Kristen Herzet.

The visitors made their first basket with 1:35 left in the period, and Marion enjoyed a 9-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Berean made just two of 12 attempts in the period.

In the second quarter, the teams traded scores, and Marion led, 15-10 after Hess scored with 2:26 left in the half. Capitalizing on a few Marion turnovers, Berean narrowed the gap to 15-14 at halftime.

Berean took the lead with a basket after intermission. Kirsten Hansen scored Marion?s next seven points over a three-and-a-half-minute stretch, and the teams locked heads at 22.

Herzet and Elizabeth Meyer scored to put Marion back in front, but Berean scored to close the gap at the final break to 26-24.Erika Hess scores to give Marion a 15-10 lead over Berean during the second quarter Tuesday.Elizabeth Meyer scores to give Marion a 26-22 lead over Berean during the third quarter.

Following a 28-28 tie, Hess and Meyer scored to give Marion a four-point cushion. Marion missed some opportunities to extend its lead at the free-throw line, and Berean went on a 6-2 run to tie the game at 34 with 2:03 left in the game.

Hess and Kourtney Hansen each made a free-throw, and Bailey Robson scored for a 38-34 margin with 1:08 to play. Berean made a free throw and a basket to cut the deficit to one, then Meyer sank a pair of charity shots.

Berean missed two shots, then called timeout with 7.5 seconds remaining. A Berean three-pointer missed its mark, but a second-chance jumper went in with one second left, bringing the final margin to 40-39 in favor of Marion.

Kirsten Hansen and Hess shared top scoring honors with nine points each. Meyer and Herzet each scored eight.

Mason Pedersen shoots for two during the first quarter against Berean.Boys?Despite an impressive start, Marion lost to Berean, 48-40, Tuesday.

When Berean shots missed their mark, Marion went on a 10-0 run to start the game. The visitors scored their first basket with 1:34 left in the opening period, and Marion held a 13-4 lead at the first break. Tyler Zinn contributed nine points to the effort.

For as strong as Marion began, things shifted in the second quarter. In a role reversal, Marion suddenly struggled to score, going 0-for-6 from the field. Berean took advantage with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 13. Dylan Pippin made one of two free throws?Marion?s only point of the quarter?and Berean built a 22-14 lead by halftime.

Berean scored the first points of the third quarter at the 4:19 mark to take a double-digit lead. Jack Schneider scored four of Marion?s eight points in the period, which ended with Marion trailing, 36-22.

Dylan Pippin draws a foul during the first quarter against Berean.In the fourth quarter, Marion slowly began to close the gap, drawing within 37-29 after Mason Pedersen drained a three-pointer. The home team trimmed the lead even further when Schneider and Zinn scored in succession for a 39-33 margin. By the time Pippin scored on a traditional three-point play, Marion was within 41-36 with 2:42 to play. That was as close as Marion got, however, and Berean went on to win by eight.

Zinn led the effort with 13 points.

Coming?Marion will host Inman Friday.

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