After securing a win over Southeast of Saline to start the season, the Marion girls’ basketball team lost 40-32 to Berean Academy Monday to open the Marion Classic tournament. More information will follow in next week’s edition.
SES—Marion started the season with a 35-19 victory Friday over the team that ended the Warriors’ season in the sub-state semifinals last year. The win was coach Kelly Robson’s first over Southeast of Saline, but admittedly, both teams featured a number of new faces.
“They are in a similar situation that we are,” Robson said. “We graduated seven seniors. They graduated their five top players. Kylee Thaxton is a really fine player, but she is really the one we were focused on, so when we can take her away and make the others hurry their shots a little bit, they’re going to be less effective. I was quite happy with that.”
Marion trailed, 7-3, midway through the first quarter, then Kourtney Hansen scored on a traditional three-point play to close the gap to one. The Trojans made a two-pointer with 1:26 left in the period, then Hansen drained a three-pointer, recorded a steal and scored again to give Marion an 11-9 lead at the first break.
The Warrior streak continued in the second quarter, as Marion took advantage of Trojan turnovers and outscored SES, 11-2. SES’s drought lasted nearly seven and a half minutes. By the time Hansen scored with 38 seconds left, Marion’s lead was 22-11. The Warriors held that margin at intermission. SES committed 14 turnovers in the first half.
Taelyn Pagel made two free-throws and Corin Parmley made three- and two-point baskets in succession for a 29-13 margin. SES added a free-throw, for a 29-14 score at the final break.
Marion outscored SES 6-5 in the final quarter, leading by as many as 35-15 when Corrina Crabb scored with 2:18 to go. SES scored the final four points to bring it to the 16-point spread.
Hansen led the Warriors with 11 points, all of which she tallied in the first half. She had nine steals and eight rebounds.
“This is going to be a season where we grow as a team,” Robson said. “We’ve got two brand new seniors playing, and they have to learn to mesh together. The juniors have played together awhile, but still, they have to communicate even a little bit differently.
“I saw some really good things, and we can go from here.”
Coming—The Warriors will continue their play in the Marion Classic by facing Wichita Homeschool Thursday. The tournament will conclude Saturday.