It was a tough night for the Marion boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, as they both suffered double-digit losses at Remington. A strong third quarter wasn’t enough to overcome a 20-point halftime deficit for the boys, leaving them with a 54-35 defeat and a 2-4 overall record. The girls fell, 47-22, putting them at 0-4 overall.
Boys – Marion may not have looked stellar coming out of the gate, but Jordan Hett and Jacob Harper combined to put the Warriors ahead by two in the first two minutes of play. But they struggled offensively the rest of the quarter, allowing the Broncos a 7-0 scoring spurt before Ethan Hett sank a three-pointer at 1:26 to make it 9-7.
But the recovery was short-lived, as Remington went on to score 15 unanswered points through the end of the first quarter and most of the second. There seemed to be an invisible barrier around the basket for Marion, as they were putting plenty of good shots up, but none were going in. Finallly senior Mikael Antoszyk stole the ball and made a backwards layup with two minutes left before the break to make it 27-9. Jordan Hett and Antoszyk put up four more points, but the Warriors still trailed by 20 points going into the break.
Marion looked like their old self coming out for the third quarter, with Scott Jones scoring in the lane at 7:31 to kick off a Warrior recovery. Harper put up back-to-back points and Jones chipped in another basket with four minutes remaining to bring Marion to 35-21. From then on Jordan Hett took over, scoring seven points in the last two and a half minutes of the third quarter to pull Marion within 10 points, 37-27.
But the comeback was not meant to be. Harper fouled out at the end of the third quarter, and the Broncos rebounded in the fourth quarter with an eight-point scoring run to put them up, 44-27, with 5:31 remaining. At that point not even two three-pointers at the end of the quarter from the dynamic Hett duo could pull at the win for Marion.
Jordan Hett had sixteen points, including two three-pointers. Ethan Hett also had six points from beyond the arc, Harper put up six from the field, and Antoszyk and Jones each had four points inside.
Girls – Marion went up by five points to start the game, but then allowed 12 unanswered points that put them down, 12-5, at the beginning of the second quarter. Senior Whitney Gordon finally scored at 7:19 to snap the streak, but the Broncos put up eight more points in the next three minutes of play time and kept Marion from scoring.
Corey Shields finally put more points on the board with 2:45 remaining before the break, making it 20-9, then followed it up with another basket seconds later off an assist from Katey Ehrlich. But Marion still trailed at the break, 28-11.
The Broncos continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Warriors, 19-11, in the second half. In fact, Marion did not score at all until Gordon managed a basket with 32 seconds left in the third quarter. Ehrlich chipped in two points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and Kelly Hess and Gordon combined for seven points in the last two minutes of the game, but the outcome was never really in question.
Gordon led with 12 points, with Shields and Hess chipping in four each.