Marion boys and girls claim victories over Chase Co.



The Marion High School boys clobbered Chase County 71-42 Friday.

Justin Heidebrecht started fast. Calvin Jeffrey missed the mark with his first shot, and Bulldog forward Tyler Duncan grabbed the rebound.

But Heidebrecht pilfered the ball from Duncan in the Chase County backcourt and gave the Warrriors the lead they would not lose all of 13 seconds into the contest.

Luke Gordon finished off a pass from Jeffrey on the next trip down, and Heidebrecht struck again, setting up his own score with a steal and a layup at 5:59 in the first.

The Bulldogs bounced back with a 3-point shot from Brian Palermo, halving the lead 11 seconds later.

But the layup line at Marion?s offensive end stayed open for business through the remainder of the first quarter, with Chase Carlson scoring back-to-back buckets at 5:39 and 5:09.

Eric Vogel added to the rash of easy baskets with a short jumper at 4:26, and Jeffrey getting on the score sheet with a layup at 3:05.

Elliott Hett notched a layup at 2:32, and Mitchell Leppke followed with a simple score at 2:17.

Vogel scored again with 59 seconds to go, but the Bulldogs outpaced the Warriors 3-2 in the final minute of the first quarter, which ended Marion 20, Chase County 8.

The 3-2 spurt grew to 5-2 on the first shot of the second quarter and then to 8-2 as Palermo nailed a short range jumper and a 3-pointer to open the frame.

Jeffrey, off an assist from Carlson, quashed the run with a 3-pointer of his own, restoring a double-digit lead at 5:36.

Palermo stayed hot, taking a steal for a layup at 5:30 and drawing a foul from Carlson?his third?and making it 23-16 at the line.

Jeffrey hit a 2-point shot and Heidebrecht notched two foul shots to make it 27-16 with 4:21 left in the half.

Marion ran it to 37-23 at halftime, and the Bulldogs came no closer after the intermission.

Heidebrecht shot 6-of-8 from the floor, went 2-for-3 from the 3-point arc and buried both his foul shots for a total of 16 points.

Heidebrecht also notched a team-high six rebounds, two assists and six steals.

Vogel also played efficiently, hitting four of five field goals and two of three field goals for a total of 10 points. Despite a slow start, Jeffrey scored a team-high 19 points.

Coming?Marion was scheduled to visit Garden Plain at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

As part of a three-game week, the Warriors will also play at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Inman, and at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Saint John.


The Marion High School girls passed every test Chase County threw at them Friday night, doubling up on the Bulldogs 28-14 in the first half and playing effectively enough to build their lead to 58-39 at the final buzzer.

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Marion?s Lindsey Hett skies for a shot? against Chase County. She scored eight points for the winning Warriors. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

Chase County took the opening tip and scored quickly out of the gate, claiming leads of 2-0, 4-2, 6-5.

Marion grabbed the lead for good 3:19 into the opening frame, with Kayley Heerey making an open jumper set up by Kimber Hardey for a 7-6 lead.

The Bulldog offense stalled after that and Marion opened up an 11-6 lead before the quarter ended.

A 17-6 run ensued, and Marion made it 18-10 when Hardey drew fouls on consecutive plays?she took a charge on defense and was whacked while shooting on offense.

She hit one of two foul shots on that trip, but got back to the line on Marion?s next possession and hit both for a 20-10 lead.

The lead climbed as high as 17, but a 3-pointer on Chase County?s final possession of the half aided the Bulldogs cause.

Behind Aubrey Watts, who scored 13 points in the game, the Bulldogs pulled to 32-20 before a 9-1 Marion run that made it 41-21 and effectively ended the game with 3:19 to play in the third quarter.

But Chase County played tenaciously to the final buzzer and hung with the Warriors through the second half, putting up a 15-13 third quarter and a 15-12 fourth.

Coming?Marion visited Garden Plain at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. As part of a three-game week, the Warriors will also play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inman, and at 4 p.m. Friday at Saint John.

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