Marion sweeps Inman at home

Two more Heart of America league victories are in the books for Marion as the Warriors swept Inman Friday night.

Kristen Herzet shoots for two during the third quarter against Inman. She scored six points in Marion?s 45-27 win.
Kristen Herzet shoots for two during the third quarter against Inman. She scored six points in Marion?s 45-27 win.

Girls?Marion led from start to finish in Friday?s 45-27 victory over Inman. An 11-0 first-quarter effort established Marion?s advantage early, and the Warriors never relinquished it.

Bailey Robson kicked off scoring with a basket 37 seconds into the game. Four Warriors got in the scoring column in the first quarter, including Robson, Kirsten Hansen, Kourtney Hansen and Erika Hess. Inman went 0-for-7 from the field and committed six turnovers, and by the time Kourtney Hansen scored off a turnover at the 3:25 mark, Marion held an 11-0 advantage.

Inman scored five points in the first two minutes of the second quarter before Hess drained a three-pointer to ignite an 11-0 run that put Marion firmly in front, 22-5. Inman broke its drought with a buzzer-beating basket, bringing the halftime score to 22-7.

Kourtney Hansen attempts a shot during the second half against Inman. She scored five points in Marion?s 45-27 win.
Kourtney Hansen attempts a shot during the second half against Inman. She scored five points in Marion?s 45-27 win.

The Warriors committed five turnovers in the first four minutes of the third quarter, and Inman drew within 24-12. The teams traded scores the rest of the way. Robson drained a three-pointer to boost Marion?s lead to 32-16 by the end of the third quarter.

Marion grew its advantage to start the fourth quarter. Kourtney Hansen made a free throw, then grabbed a steal on Inman?s next possession. She dished out an assist to Kirsten Hansen who scored to make it 35-16. Kristen Herzet added a basket to make it 37-16 with 5:16 to play.

The Teutons narrowed the gap to 39-24 with 2:05 left, but Marion stretched it back out to win by 18.

Kirsten Hansen led all scorers with 13 points.

Boys?Marion never trailed en-route to a 70-62 victory over Inman Friday.

The Warriors built a 9-0 lead to start the game, with Jack Schneider and Tyler Zinn contributing points to the run. Inman made only one of eight attempts from the field in the first quarter and committed eight turnovers. The Warriors led, 13-4 at the end of the period. Six of those points came at the free-throw line.

Tyler Zinn draws a foul during the third quarter against Inman. He made 15 of the 20 free-throws he attempted in the game and led Marion with 21 points.
Tyler Zinn draws a foul during the third quarter against Inman. He made 15 of the 20 free-throws he attempted in the game and led Marion with 21 points.

Marion took its first double-digit lead when Tyler Zinn made two free-throws. Mason Pedersen later made two three-pointers in a 39-second span, boosting Marion?s lead to 21-6. Inman fired back with a pair of threes to trim the margin to nine.

With Marion leading 25-12, Inman took advantage of four Warrior turnovers with a 9-0 run. Nicholas Stuchlik made two charity shots to give Marion a 27-21 halftime advantage.

Inman further narrowed the gap to 33-30 midway through the third quarter. Pedersen drained a three-pointer, Zinn made two free-throws and Peyton Heidebrecht scored to push Marion?s lead back to double figures, 40-30. Inman outscored Marion 5-1, making it 41-35 heading into the final quarter.

Pedersen made his fifth three-pointer 10 seconds into the fourth quarter, and Marion grew its lead to 47-35. Over the next two minutes, however, Inman outscored Marion 12-4, thanks largely to three three-pointers by freshman Payton Froese, who led all scorers with 23 points in the game. With 4:54 to play, Inman was within 51-47.

After that, Inman committed a foul and then a technical foul. Nicholas Stuchlik and Zinn each made two free throws, then Dylan Pippin drew a foul and made two free throws. Within a 12-second span, Marion?s lead grew back to double figures, 57-47.

Peyton Heidebrecht scores during the third quarter to give Marion a 40-30 lead over Inman. Heidebrecht scored nine points in Marion?s 70-62 win.
Peyton Heidebrecht scores during the third quarter to give Marion a 40-30 lead over Inman. Heidebrecht scored nine points in Marion?s 70-62 win.

In the final 3:06, Marion made 11 of 16 free throws to seal the eight-point win. Inman sent Marion to the free-throw line 50 times in the game, where the Warriors converted 38 charity shots (76 percent).

Zinn led the Warrior effort with 21 points, making 15 of the 20 free-throws he attempted. Pedersen scored 16 points and Nicholas Stuchlik, 12.

Coming?Marion will participate in the Cougar Classic at Centre next week. The girls have received the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 Solomon Tuesday at 7 p.m. The fifth-seeded boys will face No. 4 Rural Vista Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

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