Marion teams sweep Inman

Marion swept visiting Inman Tuesday. The girls won, 40-37, and the boys won, 58-53.

Courtney HerzetGirls—A strong start set the tone for Marion in a 40-37 victory over Inman Tuesday.

Four of Marion’s first five baskets were three-pointers, including the first two by Kourtney Hansen and the second two by Sam Richmond. When Richmond made her second trey at the 2:55 mark, Marion led, 16-5, and 6-for-11 shooting from the field (55 percent) propelled the Warriors to a 19-7 lead at the first break.

The Warriors cooled in the second quarter, going nearly the entirety of the quarter without a made field goal. Hansen made the Warriors’ only basket of the period with 8 seconds left in the half, and that, combined with three free-throws, brought the halftime score to 24-15 Marion.

The Warriors extended their lead to double figures within the first two minutes of the third quarter, and, despite a stretch of seven consecutive misses, maintained a double-digit, 34-24, lead at the end of the third quarter.

Inman closed the gap, however, in the final period when Marion attempted just three field goals, missing them all, and scored just six points at the charity stripe. The Teutons drew within 37-35 with 1:16 to play, then Hansen made two free-throws, followed by one of two charity shots by Corin Parmley, making it 40-35 with 30 seconds left. Inman made one final basket at the buzzer to bring it to the final, three-point spread.

Hansen led all scorers with 18 points.

Zachary StuchlikBoys—After a hot start, Marion weathered a second-half Inman rally to defeat the Teutons, 58-53, Tuesday.

Marion made seven of its first eight attempts from the field (88 percent) to burst to a 16-2 lead with 2:42 left in the first period. Evann Heidebrecht and Zachary Stuchlik made back-to-back three-pointers to highlight that stretch. Inman outscored Marion, 7-2, in the final 1:54 for an 18-9 Warrior lead at the first break.

Marion made just three of 12 attempts in the second quarter. Stuchlik led the effort by making both a three- and two-point basket. Inman, however, made five field goals to close the gap to 25-20 at intermission.

The Teutons made three three-pointers in the third quarter, including two in a 32-second span to take the lead, 26-25, but a 7-2 run, capped by five points from Stuchlik, put the Warriors back in front, 32-28, with 4:10 left in the third quarter. The Teutons made another three to draw within one, but Marion never trailed again, and led, 42-34 at the end of the third quarter.

A basket by Noah Dalrymple put Marion in front by 10, 44-34, and Marion led by that same margin, 49-39, after a three-point play by Stuchlik. But a 12-5 Teuton rally in a 3:31 span, capped by a three-pointer, brought Inman within 54-51 with 1:42 to play.

The teams traded scores the rest of the way, leading to Marion’s five-point win.

Stuchlik led all scorers with 21 points. Sam Zinn scored 12, and Chase Stringer, 10.

Coming—Marion will travel to Elyria Christian Friday for a non-league contest.

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