Marion boys get big win over Sterling

The Marion boys’ basketball team defeated Sterling Friday, 67-60.

The Warriors came out firing on all cylinders, enjoying a 20-11 lead after the first quarter.

“We’re pushing the ball and getting easy looks (in the first quarter),” coach Terry Edwards said. “They’re over-playing on dribble drives, so we’re getting (Noah Dalrymple) the ball and he’s scoring easy baskets and sharing with Chase (Stringer). Then second quarter, we took a break.”

The Black Bears rallied to draw within 32-29 by halftime, and Sterling inched closer still after three quarters, 47-45. Sterling made a go-ahead three-pointer with about six minutes left in the game, but Marion, however, scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to Sterling’s 15 to outlast the Black Bears. Sam Zinn was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final quarter.

“I was really pleased with them, the way that they stuck together and played hard and smart down the stretch and finished the game because give Sterling credit,” Edwards said. “We’re at their place, and a couple of their guys were making shots, and every time we turn around they were right there with us.”

Stringer led Marion’s scoring effort with 16 points and nine rebounds. Dalrymple and Zinn each scored 15 points. Zinn recorded nine assists. Eli Hett scored 13 points, draining four three-pointers.

Marion made 39 percent of its attempts from the field (22-for-56), including 43 percent from three (6-for-14).

Sedgwick—Marion earned its first Heart of America league victory by defeating the Cardinals Tuesday, 65-52.

After the first quarter ended in a 15-15 tie, Marion took the lead by halftime, 31-27. The Warriors gained distance in the third quarter, which ended with Marion in front, 46-40. A 19-12 fourth-quarter effort sealed Marion’s win.

Three Warriors scored in double digits, led by Noah Dalrymple with 20 points and nine rebounds. Chase Stringer scored 13 points and also had nine rebounds. Evann Heidebrecht scored 10 points.

“We’re getting distribution with the boys,” coach Terry Edwards said. “It’s not like one person is scoring 25 and then the other five are just scoring three or four, so we’re taking contribution points out of all of them.”

As a team, Marion shot around 44 percent from the field (23-for-52). The Warriors made 19 of 28 free-throws attempted (68 percent).

Coming—Marion (2-4, 10-6) will host Ell-Saline Friday for homecoming.