Marion edges Sedgwick by one

Bailey Robson shoots for two during the first half at Sedgwick Tuesday. Robson led the Warriors with 11 points in Marion?s 35-34 win.On a night when both teams experienced offensive challenges, the Marion girls secured a 35-34 victory at Sedgwick Tuesday.

With the win, Marion improved to 8-1 in league play, clinching a spot as co-champion with Moundridge, while improving to 14-5 overall.

Both teams struggled to score early on. Marion missed its first eight attempts from the field.

?We needed to try to drive it more effectively,? coach Kelly Robson said. ?We drove in, but our shots were kind of wild. We need to learn to drive in there against pressure and get up a quality shot.?

Sedgwick attempted?and missed?just two shots in the first five minutes of play and turned the ball over at least four times.

After making one of two free-throws early on, Kourtney Hansen scored the game?s first basket with 3:13 left in the first period. Sedgwick made a three, then Erika Hess responded with a trey. Sedgwick scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 7-6 lead.

After the Cardinals built an 11-8 lead, Kirsten Hansen scored to ignite a 7-2 run to end the half. Bailey Robson scored the final four points, giving Marion a 15-13 lead.

The Warriors increased it to 21-16 before Sedgwick?s Sydney Hilliard cashed in on three traditional three-point plays and a three to put Sedgwick in front, 28-25. A Kourtney Hansen free-throw and basket by Robson tied the game at the final break, 28-28.

The teams were tied at 34-34 with 2:59 left. Both teams missed a few shots, and after a Sedgwick miss, Marion secured the rebound and Coach Robson called timeout with 45 seconds to go.

With 6.9 left in regulation, Sedgwick?s coach was whistled for a technical foul while making a case for a double-dribble violation. Bailey Robson went to the free-throw line and made one of two technical shots. A long Sedgwick three-point attempt missed at the buzzer.

Marion played without Marshelle Conley as a result of illness, with other Warriors not feeling up to par, either, Coach Robson said.

Bailey Robson led the Warriors with 11 points. Kourtney Hansen had 10 rebounds to go with her seven points.

Coming?Marion was scheduled to host Sedgwick Tuesday.

The Warriors will compete in the Class 3A sub-state hosted by Halstead next week. Additional teams in the field include Eureka, Southeast of Saline, Halstead, Hesston, Hutchinson Trinity, Sedgwick and Remington.

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