Marion swept by Moundridge

The Marion basketball teams lost a pair of games to Moundridge Tuesday.

Taelyn Pagel
Taelyn Pagel
Girls—Marion got off to a poor start in Tuesday’s 39-26 loss to the Wildcats.

The Warriors went 0-for-8 from the field in the opening quarter, allowing Moundridge to build a 12-1 lead by the end of it. Courtney Herzet scored Marion’s lone point at the charity stripe with 1:08 left in the period.

Alli Molleker made Marion’s first basket 19 seconds into the second quarter and was fouled, completing the three-point play to make it an eight-point game. Molleker scored again at the 5:37 mark, but Marion did not score again until Kourtney Hansen made a basket with 54 seconds left in the half. Moundridge led, 18-8, at halftime.

After the Wildcats scored twice to stretch their lead to 14, Marion enjoyed an 8-0 run led by six points from Hansen, to close the gap to 22-16. But an 11-2 Moundridge end to the quarter gave the visitors a 33-18 lead at the final break.

Marion outscored Moundridge, 8-6, in the final quarter, but the deficit was too large to overcome.

Hansen led the Warriors with 10 points, eight of which she scored in the third quarter.

Blaine Mermis
Blaine Mermis
Boys—Marion suffered a 58-44 defeat Tuesday.

When Marion made just one of its first five attempts, Moundridge built a 10-2 lead. But then the Warriors made their next three, including three-pointers by Evann Heidebrecht and Zachary Stuchlik, to cut into the Wildcat lead. By the end of the first quarter, Moundridge led, 17-10.

Marion more evenly matched Moundridge’s scoring in the second quarter, at one point drawing within 26-22 when Chase Stringer and Blaine Mermis made two- and three-point baskets in succession. But when the game’s high scorer, Dillon Vogts, single-handedly outscored Marion, 8-4, to end the half, Marion trailed, 34-26.

The Warriors cooled in the third quarter, making just one of 12 field goal attempts—a two-pointer by Mermis at the 4:35 mark was Marion’s only basket. A pair of free-throws by Peyton Heidebrecht provided Marion’s only other points in the period, which ended with Moundridge in front, 45-30.

Marion outscored the visitors, 14-13, in the final quarter. Stringer led the effort by scoring eight points, including the final six points of the game to trim what had been a 58-38 deficit to 58-44 by the final buzzer.

Stringer was Marion’s high scorer with 10 points. Stuchlik and Mermis each scored nine. Vogts led all scorers with 20 points.

Coming—Marion will travel to Sterling Friday.

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