Both Marion basketball teams advanced to the championship games of the Marion Classic Saturday night, and both teams concluded the evening as tournament runners-up.
GIRLS?The Marion girls entered Saturday?s championship game against Remington with a 2-0 tournament record after defeating Berean Academy and Belle Plaine earlier in the week. But the Warriors came up short, falling to the Broncos, 52-25.
Kelli Hess scored all three of Marion?s first quarter points at the charity stripe, and Remington enjoyed an 11-3 lead at the end of the period.
Hess opened the second quarter with a three-point basket, but Remington used a 10-0 run to build a 21-6 lead before Hess managed another three-pointer with 3:14 left before halftime. Hess added a free-throw and a basket to bring Marion within 21-12, but Remington enjoyed a 28-12 lead at halftime.
Remington?s lead remained in double figures the rest of the way. The Broncos led, 39-18, at the end of the third quarter and cruised to the 27-point victory.
Hess led all scorers with 15 points.
BOYS?The Marion boys came into the Marion Classic championship with a 2-0 tournament record after wins over Berean Academy and Belle Plaine, but the Warriors fell at the hands of 2-0 Eureka, 55-39.
Tim Knolla started things off for Marion with a free-throw less than a minute in, but Eureka claimed the lead with a basket at the 5:56 mark and never trailed again.
James Jones brought Marion within 4-3 with a basket with 4:54 to go in the opening period, but Eureka stayed in front to lead, 13-10, at the end of the first quarter.
Zach Robson scored 20 seconds into the second quarter, again bringing Marion within one, 13-12, but Eureka gained distance with a 5-0 run. The Warriors trailed by seven, 24-17, with 3:23 left before halftime, but a basket by Bret Voth and two free-throws from Grif Case narrowed Eureka?s lead to 24-21 at halftime.
Eureka used a 6-0 run to build a 30-21 lead before Jones scored at 5:08. A Eureka three-pointer extended the lead to 10, 33-23. Three consecutive Marion scores by Taylor Heidebrecht, Jones and Robson later narrowed Eureka?s lead to 35-30 with 2:22 left in the third period. But Eureka gained distance to lead, 42-33, going into the final quarter.
Eureka extended its lead to double figures with a basket with 6:52 to go, and Marion was unable to make up the difference. Eureka led by 16 when time expired.
Jones led Marion with 12 points.
COMING?Marion will host Canton-Galva Thursday.