Heerey, Zeiner boost MHS record to 4-3

In its first week of league play, the Marion High School girls basketball team rattled off consecutive victories and improved to 4-2 on the season.

The Warriors outran Lyons 63-50 Friday at home, and Marion chainsawed Ellinwood 72-57 on the road Jan. 6.

Hesston won Saturday?s make-up of the game postponed from Dec. 16 game by a 66-51 final score.

Hesston?The Swathers established the upper hand in the first half, taking a 37-19 lead on the strength of a 22-point second quarter.

Marion was outscored 13-12 in the third quarter, but won the fourth quarter, 20-16.

Hesston played heavy-handed defense, and sent Marion to the free throw line 25 times?but the Warriors converted just 13 of the foul shots.

Julia Zeiner scored 14 points, and Whitney Gordon totaled 10.

Lyons?After missing their first shot of the game, the Marion girls ran off a 13-for-18 shooting streak to build a 28-9 halftime advantage.

Julia Zeiner scored 15 points, Lindsay Hett and Kayley Heerey each scored 12, and Whitney Gordon posted 10 rebounds.

But it was the Warrior defense that made all the difference, forcing 31 turnovers, blocking five shots, and limiting Lyons to just 11-for-38 from the field for the contest.

Zeiner started the decisive run, and Heerey curled along the baseline to get open for a 10-footer from the left side, which she buried for a 4-0 Marion lead.

Kristen Steinborn buried two free throws, and Hett knocked down a jumper from the foul line to force a Lions timeout just 2:48 into the game.

Heerey wrapped up the first quarter with back-to-back baskets?a breakaway layup off a steal and a 10-footer off a baseline curl to the right side.

Lyons cut it to 18-7 early in the second quarter, but Steinborn scored a step-through layup, and Zeiner followed with a score off of a dribble drive.

Hett earned a crack at a tradition 3-point play when she was fouled while completing a layup, but did not convert the free throw.

Kristen Geis followed with a 2-pointer, and Zeiner finished the half with a layup.

Steinborn?s layup early in the third quarter put the game out of Lyons reach at 31-12, and the Warriors opened up a 40-18 gap before the end of the period.

Marion outscored Lyons 13-11 in the fourth.

Ellinwood?Lurking underneath the huge disparity in the final score is the fact that the Eagles outplayed the Warriors at the outset and led 16-7 after the first quarter.

But Marion more than overcame its slow start with a 23-9 run in the second quarter that left the Warriors in charge 30-25 at halftime.

A 22-17 third quarter put Marion up ten with eight minutes to play, and the Warriors outscored the Eagles 20-15 in the final frame.

Kayley Heerey led Marion with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. She made five of her nine 3-point attempts.

Julia Zeiner fouled out with 20 points and five rebounds. Lindsay Hett scored 12 points, notched six steals and blocked two shots in nearly 31 minutes on the court.

Coming?Marion hosted Haven Tuesday and travels to Hoisington Friday. Marion plays Riley County (4-3) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, the opening night of the annual Trojan Classic.

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