Marion battled Inman in two games Friday night, but when all was said and done, both Warrior teams lost by the same score, 48-43.
GIRLS?Marion led by as many as seven points in the first half of Friday?s game, but a spell of chilly shooting after intermission left the Warriors trailing. Despite gaining a slight advantage in the third quarter, when all was said and done, the Warriors trailed by five.
Kelli Hess started things off for Marion with a basket just over a minute into the game, but Inman claimed a 5-2 lead when Naomi Williams scored twice. The teams traded baskets until Bailey Robson ignited a 6-0 run that put Marion in front, 14-11, by the end of the first quarter.
Hess scored Marion?s next four points for an 18-13 margin with 5:24 left before halftime, and when Hess capped a 5-0 Warrior run with a basket off a turnover, Marion had its largest lead of the night, 23-16, with 1:07 left before the break. The Teutons cut the score to 23-20 at halftime. Hess scored 14 of Marion?s first-half points.
Kirsten Hansen opened the second half with a basket less than a minute in, but the Teutons reclaimed the lead with eight unanswered points when Marion shots refused to fall. Megan Richmond gave the Warriors a slight advantage with back-to-back baskets, and two free throws by Katey Ehrlich gave Marion its final lead of the night, 31-30, with 1:27 left in the third quarter. Marion trailed, 34-31, going into the final period.
Marion drew within two, 36-34, after a three-point play by Ehrlich and later when Hess made two free throws for a 42-40 score with 1:40 left. Each team chipped in a free throw after that, but the Teutons battled from the charity stripe, making five of six free throws to lead, 48-41, with 27.1 to go. Ehrlich scored the game?s final basket with 2.5 on the clock.
Hess led Marion with 17 points.
BOYS?Despite battling back from a 10-point first-quarter deficit to lead by two in the third quarter, the Marion boys dropped a five-point loss to Inman Friday.
The Teutons posed a dual threat in seniors Justin Friesen and Barkley Williams, who scored 19 points apiece to account for all but 10 of Inman?s points.
When Marion shots missed their mark, Inman jumped to an 8-0 lead out of the gate. Taylor Heidebrecht scored Marion?s first points 3:25 into the game. When the Warriors managed only one free throw for more than the next two minutes, Inman built its lead to 10, 13-3, after a three-pointer by Williams with 1:59 left in the opening quarter. But the Warriors chipped away at the Teuton lead. Timothy Knolla drained a three-pointer, Jacob Baldwin chipped in a free throw, and Knolla made a basket at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 13-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Friesen opened the second quarter with a three-pointer, but six straight Warrior points put Marion within 16-15. The teams then combined for three three-pointers in a span of 45 seconds?two from Friesen and one from Grif Case?for a 22-18 Teuton advantage. The half ended with Inman leading, 24-20.
With four three-pointers, Friesen accounted for half of Inman?s first-half points.
Knolla got Marion within one, 24-23, with a three-pointer and later scored a three-point play to tie the game at 26. Heidebrecht followed with a basket for a two-point Marion lead. The margin remained within two points until Friesen drained a three-pointer for a 35-32 Teuton advantage. Case scored with six seconds left, but a Friesen three at the buzzer gave Inman a 38-34 lead going into the final break.
Williams scored first for Inman, but when Baldwin followed a Case three-pointer with a basket, Marion closed the gap to 40-39 with 6:43 left to play. The score remained that way for more than three minutes until Case pushed Marion in front with a basket with 3:21 to go.
Williams and Friesen combined for the next six points for a 46-41 Teuton lead with 45.9 seconds remaining. Baldwin scored Marion?s final basket with 36 seconds left, and two Williams free throws sealed the game.
Case led Marion with 15 points. Knolla added 12.
COMING?Marion will play at Remington Monday in games rescheduled from last Tuesday.