The Marion basketball teams suffered a pair of defeats in their season-openers against Southeast of Saline Friday.
Girls?Victory was within Marion?s grasp Friday in its first game of the season.
The Warriors built a 40-31 lead with 4:27 left in the game, but Southeast of Saline outscored Marion, 15-2 after that to claim the win, 46-42.
Marion battled the Trojans evenly through three quarters of play. The Warriors found themselves in an early hole, as Southeast?s Erica Montgomery scored the Trojans? first 10 points to contribute to a 12-5 SES advantage. Marion closed the first quarter with a 6-0 run thanks to a pair of two-pointers by Kristen Herzet and a basket by Kirsten Hansen that closed the gap to 12-11 at the first break.
The Warriors continued to trail until Bailey Robson and McKenzee Remmers fired off back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game at 21. The first half ended with SES clinging to a 25-23 lead.
Marion gained a slight edge in the third quarter. Herzet and Kirsten Hansen scored in succession to close the period with Marion in front, 33-31.
The Warriors increased their lead with a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter. Robson ignited the run with a basket off a turnover, and by the time Kourtney Hansen scored at the 4:27 mark, Marion had its biggest lead of the night, 40-31.
But with Marion struggling against Southeast?s press, the Trojans used a 10-0 run to reclaim the lead. Marion?s scoring drought lasted for more than two minutes. Elizabeth Meyer pushed Marion in front, 42-41, with a basket at the 2:11 mark, but the Trojans scored five unanswered points to end the game.
Kourtney Hansen led Marion in scoring with 10 points.
Boys?Through one quarter of play, Marion kept pace with state-ranked Southeast of Saline, but in the end, the Trojans gained the upper hand to the tune of 53-31.
Marion fell behind, 4-0 before Jack Schneider put the Warriors on the board with a three-pointer. Two free throws from Nicholas Stuchlik gave Marion its only lead, 5-4. Still, the Warriors hung with the Trojans, and a two-pointer by Zachary Stuchlik tied the game at 9, which held through the end of the first quarter.
Marion trailed, 18-17 with 2:33 left in the half. From there, Southeast extended its lead with a 9-0 run, giving the Trojans a 27-17 advantage at intermission.
The margin ventured briefly back into single digits, first when Peyton Heidebrecht sank three charity shots, and later, when Schneider scored to make it 31-22 at the 3:52 mark, but from there, Southeast scored eight unanswered points before Mason Pedersen drained a three. The third quarter ended with SES in front, 41-25.
Nicholas Stuchlik scored Marion?s first four points of the fourth quarter, but then the Warriors went cold. Marion?s scoring drought last more than five minutes, finally ending when Zachary Stuchlik scored with 6 seconds left in the game. That brought it to the final, 22-point spread.
Nicholas Stuchlik led Marion with 10 points.
Coming?The Warriors will host the Marion Classic next week. Marion will take to the court against Bell Plaine Thursday and Remington Friday before concluding the Classic Saturday.
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