Marion teams fall in championship games of Marion Classic

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.Kelli Hess (13) dribbles past the Remington defender in the second half Saturday. Hess led Marion with a game-high 15 points in the Warriors? 52-25 loss to the Broncos.

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. James Jones (23) makes a basket to narrow Eureka?s lead to 8-5 in the first quarter Saturday. Jones led Marion with 12 points in the Warriors? 55-39 loss to Eureka.

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.

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