The Marion Warriors had mixed success on the hardwood tonight, taking on Ell-Saline on the road in a make-up game. The girls lost, 57-36, but the boys came back from a first-quarter deficit to earn a solid victory, 47-34.
The Warriors looked a bit shaky coming out of the gate, scoring first but allowing the Cardinals to seize the lead and run with it. Ell-Saline held Marion at two points and took off with an 11-point scoring burst that gave them an 11-2 lead with three minutes left before the break.
Fortunately for the Warriors, Mikael Antoszyk hit a three-pointer with two minutes left to jump-start Marion?s offense. The Warriors held the Cardinals at 13 points and made their own 11-point scoring run to gain a 15-13 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.
Ell-Saline tied the game seconds later, but Jordan Versch put points on the board to start an eight-point scoring burst for the Warriors. The Warriors led, 25-17, going into the locker room at the half.
The second half of the game was all Warriors, with Marion sitting tight on their double digit lead. The Cardinals tried to regain their lead, but their shots were not going in and strong shooting from the Warriors kept them solidly ahead.
Marion took its biggest lead of the game with a minute left, 45-30, for a fifteen-point margin. They won by thirteen points, 47-34.
Jordan Hett made double digits for the Warriors, scoring 15 points, and Cade Hays led with 17 points for the Cardinals.
From the beginning this game was all Ell-Saline, with the Cardinals putting the first points on the board with a three-pointer and never allowing Marion to take the lead.
The Cardinals led, 11-8, at the first break and had extended their lead to 13 points, 30-17, at the half, thanks in part to a seven-point scoring run with just over five minutes left.
Ell-Saline started off the second half with an eight-point scoring run that the Warriors? Whitney Gordon snapped with a three-point shot. At the end of the run the Cardinals led 38-17, the 21-point margin their largest of the game.
Gordon scored another quick five points at the end of the third quarter to slightly narrow the Cardinal?s lead, but Ell-Saline still led, 46-25.
The Cardinals continued to dominate for the rest of the game, taking the 57-36 victory.
Gordon scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds for the Warriors. Brittany Clancy led the Cardinals in scoring with 18 points.
The Marion girls will travel to Hutch Trinity for sub-state competition Monday.