Marion sweeps Berean in Marion Classic

The Marion basketball teams swept Berean Academy Thursday night in the Marion Classic. The Marion girls won, 47-34, while the Marion boys defeated Berean, 44-42.Kelli Hess (13) shoots two in the second half Thursday against Berean Academy. Hess led Marion with 16 points.

GIRLS?The Marion girls led from start to finish in their 47-34 victory over Berean. Marion built a 7-0 lead after baskets by Kirsten Hansen, Kelli Hess and Megan Richmond and led, 11-3, at the end of the first quarter.

Marion built a double-digit, 23-11, lead when Julia Hall made a basket with 1:02 left before halftime, and enjoyed a 24-15 advantage at the break.

Although Berean chipped away at the Marion lead to draw within 24-19 early in the third quarter, Marion surged to a double-digit, 30-19, margin after three consecutive scores by Hess and Katey Ehrlich.

Bailey Robson increased Marion?s lead to 38-24 with 6:39 left in the game, and Marion cruised to the 13-point victory.

Hess led Marion with 16 points.Zach Robson (12) lays in two points to give Marion a 33-31 lead at the start of the fourth quarter Thursday against Berean Academy.

BOYS?The Marion boys won by a two-point, 44-42, margin over Berean. Tim Knolla opened the game with a three-point basket 15 seconds in, but Berean surged to a 16-3 advantage after sinking four baskets from behind the arc. Knolla cashed in on a three-point play, and Marion trailed, 16-6, at the end of the opening quarter.

Berean made a basket to start the second period, but Marion began to chip away at the Berean lead, using a 6-0 run to draw within 18-12 with 4:54 left before intermission. Knolla drained a three-pointer with 4 seconds on the clock to narrow the gap to 25-21 at halftime.

Taylor Heidebrecht tied the game, 27-27, with a three-point basket with 4:18 left in the third quarter, and Marion took the lead, 29-27, when Knolla followed with a basket. Marion built a three-point lead, but Berean tied it, 31-31, with a three-pointer as time expired in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw the teams tied twice more before Marion took the lead for good with 3:35 remaining when Zach Robson made a basket for a 38-36 margin.

Marion held a five-point, 41-36, advantage with 1:40 left in the game, but Berean used two three-point baskets to narrow the gap to 43-42 with 31 seconds left. Heidebrecht made a free throw with 23 seconds on the clock. Berean missed a three-point attempt but rebounded the ball and called timeout with 3.7 seconds remaining. The Berean shot at the buzzer did not fall, and Marion came away with the two-point victory.

Knolla led with 17 points. Robson added 10.

COMING?Marion will play Belle Plaine Friday. The girls will play at 4 p.m., followed by the boys at 5:30 p.m.

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