Marion sweeps Belle Plaine in second games of Marion Classic

The Marion basketball teams swept their second games of the Marion Classic Friday against Belle Plaine. The Warrior girls won, 54-25, and the boys gained a 61-38 victory.Kelli Hess (13) shoots two in the first half against Belle Plaine Friday. Hess contributed 8 points in Marion?s 54-25 victory.

GIRLS?The Marion girls won in convincing fashion Friday night, defeating Belle Plaine, 54-25. The game was tied once, 6-6, but after that, the Warriors took control.

Marion led, 11-8, at the end of the first quarter, and opened the second quarter with a 12-0 run fueled with baskets by Katey Ehrlich, Kelli Hess, Kirsten Hansen and Julia Hall for a 23-8 advantage with 3:17 to go before halftime. Marion led, 25-12, at the break.

The Warriors gained even more distance with an 8-0 run at the end of the third quarter to lead by 21, 39-18, going into the final quarter of play.

Marion continued to build its lead, and coach Kelly Robson cleared his bench part-way through the final quarter. A running clock was put into effect when Kristen Herzet made a basket for a 30-point, 54-24, lead with 35 seconds left, and Marion cruised to the 29-point victory.

Megan Richmond led the Warrior attack with a game-high 11 points. Ehrlich added 10. Hansen contributed 11 assists. James Jones (23) gives Marion a 24-14 lead with a basket in the second quarter Friday against Belle Plaine. Jones contributed 10 points on the night. Tim Knolla (3) is fouled on the way to the basket during the fourth quarter against Belle Plaine. Knolla made the basket and the free throw to complete the three-point play.Grif Case (20) eyes the basket in fourth-quarter action against Belle Plaine. Case made the basket to give Marion a 54-34 lead. He led all scorers with 16 points.

BOYS?The Marion boys never trailed on their way to a 61-38 victory over Belle Plaine Friday night.

The Warriors enjoyed a 10-0 lead after Bret Voth scored with 3:18 left in the opening period. Grif Case contributed six of Marion?s first 10 points. The first quarter ended with Marion in front, 16-5.

That margin remained the same at halftime, with Marion leading by 11, 28-17, at intermission.

Twice, the Dragons drew within seven, the last time at 30-23 with 5:08 left in the third quarter. But a 5-0 run thanks to back-to-back baskets by Zach Robson and Taylor Heidebrecht secured the Warriors a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

The Warriors held a 43-27 advantage at the end of the third quarter, and later used a 10-0 run to build a 57-34 lead with 3:52 left in the game. Coach Jeff McMillin later cleared his bench, and Marion won by 23.

Case led all scorers with 16 points. Jacob Baldwin added 12 and James Jones, 10.

COMING?The Marion Classic will conclude Saturday. The Marion girls are scheduled to play at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow that game.

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