Marion gets first league victory

Chloe Burkholder shoots for two during the second quarter with Ell-Saline Friday, giving Marion a 20-6 lead. Burkholder drained three three-pointers in the game, scoring 11 points in Marion’s 45-25. Janae Rempel / Free PressThe Marion girls’ basketball team earned its first Heart of America league win of the season by defeating Ell-Saline Friday, 45-25.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first points at the charity stripe, but Marion ended the first quarter on a 12-0 run to lead, 12-2.

Chloe Burkholder drained her second three-pointer of the night in the second quarter, and Marion extended its lead to 24-6 by halftime. Burkholder drained a third trey early in the third quarter, but Ell-Saline rallied, outscoring Marion, 12-5, to close the gap to 29-18 by the end of the third quarter. A 16-7 Warrior effort, however, fueled by 10 points from Jayden May, sealed Marion’s 20-point victory.

“Defensively, in the first half, I was really pleased with our intensity,” coach Kelly Robson said. “Second half, our passing for easy buckets for a partner showed real unselfishness, and I really liked that.

“Tonight, we had a feeling that if we’d play well, we could win this one. And they did play well.”

May led all scorers with 16 points, including three three-pointers, two of which came in the fourth quarter. Burkholder scored 11, also draining three treys.

Coming—Marion (1-6, 3-14) was scheduled to host Remington Tuesday and will host Elyria Christian Friday.

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