Marion splits with Eureka to conclude Classic

The Marion basketball teams split games with Eureka in the final games of the Marion Classic Saturday. The girls won, 41-27, and the boys lost, 59-50.

Courtney Herzet
Courtney Herzet
Girls—The Marion girls concluded play in the Marion Classic with a 41-27 victory over Eureka Saturday.

Kourtney Hansen scored Marion’s first six points, and when Eureka made just one of four baskets attempted in the period and turned the ball over eight times, Marion enjoyed a 9-3 lead at the first break.

Marion held Eureka scoreless the first 3:29 of the second quarter and forced five Tornado turnovers, including four on consecutive possessions. The Tornadoes attempted just one shot in that stretch, allowing Marion to build a double-digit, 15-3 lead thanks to two free throws each by Alli Molleker and Corrina Crabb and a basket by Hansen.

But after that, Eureka ended the quarter on a 7-3 run, for an 18-10 Warrior lead at intermission.

Marion enjoyed an 11-6 third-quarter, as Courtney Herzet contributed five points to the effort. Meanwhile, the Tornadoes endured a scoreless stretch of 4:40 with seven turnovers, breaking the drought with three points to end the period, for a 29-16 Marion lead.

The teams played fairly evenly through the final quarter. Marion led by as many as 39-20 when Hansen made consecutive baskets and Crabb added a free-throw midway through. Eureka ended the game with a 7-2 burst to bring it to the final, 14-point spread.

Hansen led all scorers with 15 points. She had 11 rebounds.

Zachary Stuchlik
Zachary Stuchlik
Boys—The Marion boys ended tournament play in the Marion Classic with a 59-50 loss to Eureka Saturday.

The teams battled to a 16-16 tie after one quarter of play, both making seven of 12 attempts from the floor. Chase Stringer contributed seven points to the effort, and with Marion trailing by two with less than a minute left, Evann Heidebrecht scored the tying basket. Meanwhile, the game’s leading scorer, Kash Parmes, tallied 10 points by the end of the quarter en route to a 24-point night.

Marion enjoyed its last lead, 21-19, after Stringer drained a three-pointer with 4:57 left in the first half. From there, Eureka ended the half on an 11-5 run, thanks in part to the effort of Haydon Mead, who scored seven of those points, and went on to score 18 on the night. Marion trailed, 30-26 at intermission.

Parmes scored another seven points in the first 3:37 of the third quarter, and Eureka extended its lead to 41-32 before Noah Dalrymple scored the final four points of the period with a basket and two free-throws, narrowing the gap to 41-36 at the final break.

Marion trimmed its deficit to three a few times, the final time when Zachary Stuchlik scored with 3:58 to play for a 47-44 margin. But Marion misses and a turnover allowed the Tornadoes to stretch their lead to 53-44 with 2:21 to play. The closest Marion got after that was within five, and Eureka scored the final four points of the game to win by nine.

Stringer led Marion with 14 points. Heidebrecht scored 11. Stuchlik recorded 11 rebounds to go with his eight points.

Coming—Marion will compete in the HOA/CPL Challenge in McPherson Friday.