Sometimes motivation can come in the form of a loss.
Marion proved that on Friday night in 66-50 win against Hoisington during the Warriors’ winter homecoming.
Wanting to get the season moving in the right direction, the Warriors were not interested in repeating Tuesday night?s 64-34 loss at Haven.
?On Tuesday we got wooped by Haven,? said senior forward Isaac Hett. ?We were all ready to come out and show that wasn?t us on Tuesday.?
?What happened Tuesday night was more of a motivator than homecoming,? said Marion coach Jeff McMillin. ?But homecoming?s nice. They get the fans excited and we kind of fed off of that. I think it was more wanting to bounce back from Tuesday and having team goals we still need to meet. We were really avid about trying to get those tonight. I think we played pretty well.?
Perhaps the most motivated was Hett, who scored 27 points, mostly on drives to the basket. The strategy for Hett to attack the basket was premeditated by McMillin and?Hett, who new Hoisington?s 6-foot-7 freshman Cody Stettler didn?t have the lateral quickness to defend the smaller Hett outside of the paint.
?Forty-four?(Stettler), he was a big guy, but coach told us that he wasn?t very quick,? said Hett. ?That?s the thing with me and Eric (Vogel), we?re not the biggest post players but we?re a lot quicker than a lot of them are. So that?s the way we score our points is by quickness instead of height.?
The Warriors’ front line all finished in double figures. Recently crowned winter homecoming king Vogel finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, 10 offensive. Wil Case scored 16 points and picked the Cardinals’ pockets for?four steals.
The success of the front line came from solid guard play, who fed the front three all night.
?They (Mitch Cady, Drew Maddox, Jordan Hett and Jordan Versch) did a good job of finding those guys,? said McMillin. ?Our emphasis was getting to where Wil could attack from the wing and where we could get the ball to the short corner to Eric and Issac. That wouldn?t have happened if the guards wouldn?t have gotten the ball to them.?
Cady scored seven points. Jordan Hett booked four points and led the Warriors with five assists.
Marion improved to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in MCAA play. Marion will take on Riley County at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Trojan Classic in Hillsboro.