Both Marion basketball teams succumbed to Haven Thursday in their final games before the holiday break.
Girls?Marion lost a heartbreaker to Haven Thursday, 44-43. The Warriors led by as many as 10 points in the game but gave up the lead late.
After trailing early on, Marion began to take control. The scoring burst was capped by a Kourtney Hansen basket that put Marion in front, 14-7, with 1:53 left in the period. Haven ended the quarter with a last-second three-pointer to draw within 14-10 at the first break.
The Warriors picked up where they left off in the second quarter, outscoring Haven 8-2 at the start. Contributing baskets during that stretch were Kourtney Hansen, McKenzee Remmers and Elizabeth Meyer. Bailey Robson added a pair of free throws to give Marion a double-digit, 22-12 lead with 4:02 left in the half. But from there, Haven scored five unanswered points to narrow the gap to 22-17 at halftime.
The teams traded baskets. Robson answered a Haven three with a trey of her own, and after Erika Hess made a pair of free throws, Marion?s lead was 31-24. The Wildcats scored the final three points of the quarter, bringing the score to 31-27 heading into the final break.
Things took a turn for the worse in the fourth quarter. Haven drained four three-pointers in a three-and-a-half minute span. Meanwhile, Marion committed four turnovers on consecutive possessions. As a result, Haven took the lead, 41-33.
In the final minute of the game, Marion embarked in a furious rally, outscoring Haven, 10-3. Robson drained a three in the final seconds, but the effort was not quite enough.
Robson led the Warriors in scoring with 13 points.
Boys?Marion lost to Haven, 59-35, Thursday.
The first half was fairly close, but the game got away from the Warriors in the second half.
In a low-scoring first quarter, Jack Schneider made Marion?s only field goal. Mason Pedersen added a pair of free throws, and Schneider made one to make it 7-5 in favor of Haven, a score which held through the end of the quarter.
Marion enjoyed a 5-0 run to start the second quarter courtesy of Peyton Heidebrecht and Nicholas Stuchlik. But with Marion leading, 12-9, after Dylan Pippin scored, Haven went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good.
The Warriors trimmed the Wildcats? lead to three a few times, but Haven ended the half with five unanswered points to lead, 25-18 at halftime.
Haven capitalized on Marion turnovers and built its lead to double figures, 33-18. The third quarter ended with the Wildcats leading, 41-24.
Haven outscored Marion, 18-11 in the final period to earn the 24-point win.
Nicholas Stuchlik led the Warriors with nine points.
Coming?Marion will resume play at Canton-Galva Jan. 5.
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