Marion swept Canton-Galva Friday night. The Warrior girls earned a 47-36 victory, while the Marion boys won, 65-43.
GIRLS?After struggling through the first quarter, Marion found its rhythm in the second quarter en route to a 47-36 victory over Canton-Galva Friday.
Canton-Galva opened the game with back-to-back baskets by Erika Smith and Cassidy Enns, and when Marion managed only four free throws the duration of the quarter, the Eagles enjoyed a 9-4 margin at the end of the period.
The tide began to turn at the start of the second quarter. Kelli Hess drained a three-pointer and scored the tying basket with 6:10 to play before halftime. A basket by Kaelyn Thierolf gave Marion the lead, 11-9. Katey Ehrlich made a basket before Smith scored to bring Canton-Galva within 13-11. The teams traded baskets, and Marion led, 17-13, at intermission.
Marion burst out of the locker room with six unanswered points to lead, 23-13, when Kirsten Hansen scored. It was a back-and-forth battle until another 6-0 Warrior run extended the lead to 31-17 after Hess scored off her steal. The quarter ended with the teams trading scores, and Marion led, 35-23.
For the Warriors, the fourth quarter became a battle from the charity stripe, as all 12 of Marion?s points came from free throws. The Eagles, meanwhile, scored three three-pointers in the final 1:38 courtesy of Smith, Enns and Keana Haydon, but when the final buzzer sounded, Marion led by 11.
Hess and Ehrlich shared top scoring honors for Marion with 12 points. Smith led Canton-Galva with 11.
BOYS?Marion led from start to finish in its 65-43 victory over the Eagles.
Jacob Baldwin and Zach Robson scored back-to-back baskets for an early lead before Tanner Klingensmith scored to put Canton-Galva on the board. From there, though, Marion scored 10 unanswered points to enjoy a double-digit, 14-2, advantage. The final 2:04 became a three-point show. Nick Bray drained a three-pointer, then Taylor Heidebrecht and Zach Robson followed with two three-pointers 36 seconds apart to end the quarter with a 20-5 Marion lead.
The teams traded scores to open the second quarter until Klingensmith scored three straight baskets to bring the Eagles within 27-18 with 3:25 left before halftime. But Marion ended the quarter with a 13-0 run that included three Robson three-pointers in succession for a 40-18 halftime advantage.
Connor Farnham hit a three out of the break, but Marion surged with another 13-0 run that put the Warriors ahead 53-21 with 4:14 left in the quarter. Bray drained a three-pointer at 4:01, and neither team scored again until less than one minute remained in the period. The third quarter ended with a three-pointer for each team: one from Bret Voth and one from Bray, for a 57-27 score heading into the final period.
Bray drained a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter, and Klingensmith followed with a basket before Timothy Knolla scored for Marion. Bray drained three more three-pointers in the final 2:57, and Marion led by 22 when all was said and done.
Bray led all scorers with 21 points. Klingensmith added 12 for Canton-Galva. Robson led Marion with 19 points. Knolla added 14 and Heidebrecht 11.
COMING?Marion will play at Sedgwick Tuesday.