The Marion boys’ basketball team extended its win streak to four consecutive games with a 59-41 victory at Council Grove Friday.
The Warriors took control from the start with a 13-8 first-quarter effort and built their lead to 27-18 by halftime. A big third quarter, in which Marion outscored the Braves, 19-5, gave the Warriors a 46-23 advantage at the end of the period, and although Council Grove outscored Marion in the final period, the Warriors hung on to win comfortably by 18.
“They were trying to play zone, and (we) beat them down the floor, or if they were in (man-to-man defense, we) still beat them down the floor,” coach Terry Edwards said. “Pushing the ball, because if we make two or three passes, we’re going to turn it over, so let’s get down there and shoot it quick.”
Chase Stringer had a double-double performance, scoring a team-high 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Eli Hett and Noah Dalrymple each scored 11 points. As a team, Marion made 45 percent of its field goal attempts (24-for-53). While acknowledging a tough stretch of opponents leading up to the Centre tournament, Edwards said the Warriors are finding their rhythm.
“We’re getting in rhythm and turning a corner,” he said. “Every night’s still a battle yet.”
Coming—Marion (0-4, 8-6) was scheduled to resume Heart of America league play by hosting Sedgwick (1-0, 5-7) Tuesday. The Warriors will travel to Sterling (0-2, 2-11) Friday.