Marion finishes 2-1 in annual Classic

Chase Stringer shoots the game-winning shot to put Marion in front of Wichita Home School, 60-58, as time expired Thursday. Stringer scored 10 points and had 12 rebounds. Janae Rempel / Free Press
Chase Stringer shoots the game-winning shot to put Marion in front of Wichita Home School, 60-58, as time expired Thursday. Stringer scored 10 points and had 12 rebounds. Janae Rempel / Free Press
The Marion boys’ basketball team went 2-1 in the Marion Classic last week, concluding play with a 75-18 victory over Peabody-Burns Saturday.

Marion built a 25-8 lead after one quarter, and by halftime, enjoyed a 53-14 advantage. Marion outscored Peabody-Burns, 15-4 in the third quarter, taking a 68-18 advantage into the final period.

“We did a couple different things to speed up the tempo, make them go faster than they wanted to go,” coach Terry Edwards said.

Sam Zinn led the Warriors with 19 points. Noah Dalrymple and Chase Stringer each scored 14.

In terms of growth over the course of the tournament, Edwards said he was most pleased with the balanced scoring, particularly versus Wichita Home School.

“We understand that when we play together, we can be as good as we want to be,” he said. “When we turn the ball over and go faster than we should be, we’re going to struggle.”

Wichita Home School—Following its one-point, overtime loss to Eureka Tuesday, Marion bounced back with a thrilling, 60-58 victory Thursday.

After the visitors tied the game with 4 seconds left, Sam Zinn passed the ball to Chase Stringer, who scored the go-ahead basket as time expired.

“Sam needs to see the whole floor,” coach Terry Edwards said. “(He’s) got about three dribbles with 4 seconds. … He happened to find Chase. Chase was where he was supposed to be, and he makes the basket.”

Marion trailed a majority of the game, including 16-10 after the first quarter, and 25-18 at halftime. Home School took a 41-36 lead into the final quarter, but Marion’s 24-point fourth-quarter effort put the Warriors in front at the final buzzer.

Four Warriors scored in double digits, led by Noah Dalrymple with 17 points. Zinn scored 16, Stringer 10 to go with his 12 rebounds, and Evann Heidebrecht 10.

Marion shot 34 percent from the field (20-for-59).

“I thought (Noah) Dalrymple played an excellent game all four quarters,” Edwards said. “He does the dirty work. He does the rebounds, he does the little things.”

The victory avenged a last-second loss to Eureka just two days before, and Edwards credited his team for the work put in at practice in late-game situations.

“We worked on it,” he said. “We knew what we were doing. We were confident in what we were doing and had a better grasp of what needed to be done, instead of something easy over the top because that’s not going to be there.”

Eureka—Marion opened play in the Classic with a 67-66 overtime loss Tuesday.

The Warriors had the ball late in what was a tie game, but Eureka intercepted Marion’s deep inbounds pass and went up for a layup. A foul was called, and the Tornados won the game at the charity stripe with no time remaining.

“(We needed to be) smart with the ball down at the end,” coach Terry Edwards said. “You turn the ball over 21 times, you shoot 58 percent from the free-throw line, I don’t know how you’re in the game.”

Marion led, 18-13, after the first quarter, but trailed, 38-26, at halftime. A 16-6 third quarter effort brought the Warriors within 44-42 by the end of the third quarter, and regulation ended with the teams locked at 58 apiece.

Marion shot about 30 percent from the field (19-for-64). Two Warriors turned in double-double performances. Chase Stringer led the Warriors with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Noah Dalrymple had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Sam Zinn scored 16 points.

Coming—Marion (3-1) was scheduled to face Hillsboro Tuesday and will travel to Belle Plaine Friday for the Heart of America versus Central Plains League challenge.