Marion girls claim 2-0 week

Kourtney Hansen eyes the basket during the first half of Tuesday’s game with Sedgwick. Hansen led all scorers with 22 points in Marion’s 51-35 win. Hansen followed Tuesday’s performance with a double-double at Hutchinson Trinity Friday, where she scored 16 points and recorded 10 steals.The Marion girls’ basketball team secured a 2-0 week of Heart of America play by defeating Hutchinson Trinity Friday, 58-50.

The Warriors scored consistently through all four quarters, building a 14-9 lead by the end of the first period. Five Warriors contributed points.

The teams played evenly through the second quarter for a 30-25 halftime score. Sam Richmond led Marion’s effort with nine points in the quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead all scorers with 13 points.

Marion outscored the Celtics, 14-10, in the third quarter to lead 44-35 by the end of it. Richmond made her third 3-pointer of the night in the third quarter, and Corin Parmley made a three as well. Kourtney Hansen contributed six points on three 2-pointers.

Trinity held the upper hand in the fourth quarter, 15-14, but Marion held on for the eight-point win.

“The key to the win for us was, as is usually the case this year, keeping the turnovers down some,” coach Kelly Robson said. “We had 14 in the game, and most weren’t the kind that led to scores at the other end. When we take care of the ball, we seem to do OK. We also shot it well.”

Hansen and Richmond shared scoring honors with 16 points each. Hansen also recorded 10 steals, seven rebounds and seven assists. Alli Molleker scored 10.

Sedgwick—A solid shooting night propelled Marion to a 51-35 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday. With a majority of the Warriors’ shots coming in the paint, Marion went 23-for-43 from the field (53 percent).

“We didn’t do anything special except we saw the passes and we made good passes tonight, and we kept our turnovers down,” coach Kelly Robson said. “That’s just what we’ve been talking about. When we don’t foul and we don’t turn it over, we’re tough to beat.”

The game was highly contested in the first half, however, as a back-and-forth first quarter led to a 12-12 tie at the first break.

Leading 19-18, Marion outscored the Cardinals, 5-2 in the final 1:43 of the second quarter, thanks to a three-point play then a basket by Kourtney Hansen. Marion led 24-20 at halftime.

The Warriors took control in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 13-4 and holding Sedgwick scoreless for a 5:17 stretch. The Cardinals were 1-for-8 from the field in the quarter while Marion was 6-for-11. Marion led 37-24 by the end of the period.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors’ lead peaked at 50-31 when Hansen scored with 1:55 left. Marion went on to win by 16.

Hansen led all scorers with 22 points.

Coming—Marion (6-1, 13-4) was scheduled to host Inman Tuesday and will travel to Elyria Christian Friday for a non-league game.

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