Marion gets win over Rossville

Sam Zinn scores to give Marion a 9-2 first-quarter lead over Rossville Monday. Zinn scored seven points in Marion’s 55-39 sub-state quarterfinal victory. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free PressThe Marion boys’ basketball team earned a Class 2A sub-state quarterfinal victory over Rossville Monday, 55-39.

The Warriors started the game with a 7-0 run, and led, 18-5, by the end of the first quarter.

Marion led by as much as 25-6, but with the Warriors in foul trouble and plagued by turnovers in the second quarter, Rossville closed the gap to 27-18 at halftime.

“We just got out of rhythm, got out of the rotation, a couple of them got in foul trouble,” coach Terry Edwards said. “(We) got away from what we were doing, basically.”

The Warriors regained momentum in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 17-9, to lead, 44-27 at the end of the period.

Marion cleared its bench in the fourth quarter, and Rossville hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to bring it to the final, 16-point spread.

“Every game we stress (that) the first four minutes of the third quarter is important,” Edwards said. “Go out there and establish yourself, come out like you did in the beginning of the game, get after them, play with intensity and put your foot down on them. … That’s what we said, and we got back to doing what we were doing and didn’t foul.”

Chase Stringer led all scorers with 19 points. Evann Heidebrecht scored 11.

With the win, Marion advanced to face Hillsboro in the semifinals Thursday.

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