Marion sweeps Canton-Galva in Thursday make-up games

Marion basketball teams bounced back from road losses Tuesday to claim a couple of home victories Thursday against Canton-Galva. The Warrior girls overcame a third-quarter deficit to claim a 44-37 victory, while the Warrior boys started both halves with scoring spurts that carried them to a comfortable 55-24 win.

GIRLS? GAME

Canton-Galva earned a 4-0 head start before Marion battled back to stake an 8-7 lead after one quarter. The two teams battled to a 9-9 standoff in the second period. When Marion went scoreless in the final 2:30 after a Whitney Gordon three-pointer put the Warriors on top 17-13, Canton-Galva made three of six free throws down the stretch to close the deficit to 17-16 at intermission.

Canton-Galva came out strong in the early minutes of the third quarter, with Erika Smith and Makenzie Farnham combining for 13 of the Eagles? 15 points in a 16-8 surge that propelled them to a 31-25 lead with 3:41 left in the period. But the well suddenly went dry for the Eagles the rest of the quarter. Marion rallied with an 8-0 run to claim a 33-31 lead at the final break. Gordon?s third three-pointer of the night with 35 seconds left put the Warriors on top for good.

Canton?Galva?s scoreless streak carried into the fourth quarter until Farnham made one of two free throws at the 6:18 mark to put the score at 35-32. Marion continued its slow surge with a basket by Katey Ehrlich and two by Gordon to push the margin to 41-33 with 3:48 to play. Canton-Galva, which made only one of 13 shot attempts from the floor during the quarter, never mounted a serious rally as the clock wound down.

Gordon finished with 15 points to pace Marion, which improved to 7-12 for the season. As a team, the Warriors made 30 percent of their shots (17-56) while the Eagles managed 28 percent (11-40). Farnham led Canton-Galva with 14 points as the Eagles dropped to 4-16 for the season.

BOYS? GAME

Marion roared to a 9-0 lead out the of the starting gate and were never serious threatened on the way to their 31-point victory. With the Warriors leading 13-3 after one quarter, Canton-Galva played its most competitive quarter, battling Marion to a 10-10 standoff in the second period for a 23-13 halftime score. Jordan Hett scored 10 points in the first quarter and hit his third three-pointer of the game in the second quarter to give him 13 points at the break.

Marion started the third period much like the first, breaking out another 9-0 run to take total control of the contest. Hett added five points to fuel the offense.

By the end of the third quarter, Marion led 46-19. The Warriors threatened to break the 30 point barrier a couple of times in the final period before finally doing so with three seconds left.

Hett finished with 20 points as Marion improved to 7-12 with the win. The Warriors hit 22 of 48 shots (46 percent) from the floor, including nine three-pointers. Canton-Galva managed only 26 percent success (10-39) with no baskets from behind the arc. The loss dropped the Eagles to 6-14.

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