Marion teams fall in season opener at Southeast of Saline

The Marion basketball teams fell short in their season openers at Southeast of Saline Friday. The girls lost, 48-25, while the boys dropped a 59-31 contest.

Kirsten Hansen draws a foul during the third quarter at Southeast of Saline Friday. She made one of two shots from the charity stripe.Girls?The Warriors started the game strong. Erika Hess opened scoring with a basket just 20 seconds in, and when Julia Hall fired off back-to-back baskets 9 seconds apart, Marion led 6-2. Bailey Robson drained two three-pointers in a 27-second span, and the first quarter ended with the Warriors in front, 15-10.

But Marion cooled from there. Leading 17-12 after Kourtney Hansen scored, Marion stalled. Turnovers and missed scoring opportunities contributed to a 10-0 Trojan run to end the second quarter, giving Southeast of Saline a 22-17 halftime advantage.

The third quarter saw more of the same. Kirsten Hansen hit a free throw to open the third quarter, but from there, the Trojans scored nine unanswered points for a 31-18 margin by the end of the third period.

With 6:13 left to play, Kirsten Hansen scored Marion?s first field goal since the second quarter. Although Warrior scoring increased in the final period, Southeast of Saline outscored Marion 17-7 and held a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Mason Pedersen drives downcourt during the second half at Southeast of Saline Friday. Boys?With five new starters taking the court for the first time, the Marion boys lost, 59-31, to Southeast of Saline.

It took time for both offenses to get going, as neither team scored the first 2:38 of play. Nicholas Stuchlik scored the game?s first three points for an early Warrior lead, and when Bret Voth made a basket, Marion held a 5-1 advantage. But the Trojans took the lead less than a minute later with a three-pointer, the first of eight Trojan threes on the night. Aided by three more baskets behind the arc, Southeast of Saline enjoyed a 19-9 advantage at the end of the opening period.

The Trojans hit two more threes in the second quarter, but Marion drew within 25-19 after Dylan Pippin made a second-chance basket and Stuchlik followed with two free throws. The first half ended with the Trojans leading, 29-21.

Plagued by turnovers, Marion scored just 10 points after that. Mason Pedersen and Jacob Baldwin scored back-to-back baskets in the third quarter, but the Trojans widened the gap to 41-25 heading into the final quarter.

The Trojans capped a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter with their seventh three-pointer of the night before Voth scored with 6:15 to go. From there, the Trojans fired off a string of 11 unanswered points before Pedersen drained a three-pointer with 2:57 left to play. Voth added a free throw for the final, 28-point margin.

Coming?The Warriors will host the Marion Classic next week. Marion will be in action Tuesday against Peabody-Burns. The girls? game is at 5:30 p.m. and the boys? game is at 7 p.m.

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