Marion girls finish second in tourney

Kelli Hess (13) shoots two in the first half against Belle Plaine Friday. Hess contributed 39 points over three games of the Marion Classic last week.The Marion girls concluded the Marion Classic as runners-up Saturday with a 2-1 tournament record.

The Warriors defeated Berean Academy and Belle Plaine before falling to Remington in the championship game, 52-25.

?It?s been a long time since Marion has had a team in the final of this girls? tournament, so (the girls) should really be proud of themselves for that,? coach Kelly Robson said. ?(We) didn?t win it, but we also understand the quality of opponent we had there.

?(Remington?s) a good quality team, and they?ve got one thing we can?t do. They?re tall and long, and we can?t do that. We just can?t make ourselves any taller.?

Kelli Hess scored all three of Marion?s first-quarter points at the charity stripe, and Remington enjoyed an 11-3 lead at the end of the period.

Hess opened the second quarter with a three-point basket, but Remington used a 10-0 run to build a 21-6 lead before Hess hit another three-pointer with 3:14 to play before halftime. Hess added a free-throw and a basket to bring Marion within 21-12, but Remington enjoyed a 28-12 lead at the break.

Remington maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the way. The Broncos led, 39-18, at the end of the third quarter and built a 31-point margin, 52-21, with 3:18 to go before winning by 27.

Hess led all scorers with 15 points.

?Kelli continues her really strong play,? Robson said. ?She had an excellent tournament, but not just scoring. She got some steals; she handed out some nice assists. It?s not really her job to rebound so much from that guard spot, but I thought her defense was really, really good.?

Kirsten Hansen concluded the tournament with 15 assists.

?I thought she had just a really good tournament also,??Robson said. ?She?s a sophomore playing among the giants, and she does pretty well. I?m really proud of what she?s doing.?

Hess, Katey Ehrlich and Megan Richmond were named to the all-tournament team.

MHS 54, Belle Plaine 25

Second round, Friday

The Marion girls won in convincing fashion against Belle Plaine.

?The girls are excited,? coach Kelly Robson said afterward. ?Last year was kind of rough. We got our record below .500 early in the year and we never did even get it back close to .500.

?This year, for the first time, I think, in the seniors? basketball career, they?ve won more games than they?ve lost in a basketball season. But the girls are feeling positive, and I?m excited for them.?

The game was tied once, 6-6, but after that, the Warriors took control.

Marion led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter, and opened the second quarter with a 12-0 run fueled with baskets by Katey Ehrlich, Kelli Hess, Kirsten Hansen and Julia Hall for a 23-8 advantage with 3:17 to go before halftime. Marion led 25-12 at the break.

The Warriors gained even more separation with an 8-0 run at the end of the third quarter with a 39-18 lead going into the final quarter.

As the lead continued to grow, Robson cleared his bench. The running clock kicked in when Kristen Herzet made a basket for a 54-24 lead with 35 seconds to play.

Megan Richmond led the Warriors with a game-high 11 points. Ehrlich added 10. Hansen contributed 11 assists.

MHS 47, Berean 34

First round, Thursday

Marion led from start to finish in their opening night win against Berean.

?We said going in, rebounding was going to be an issue, and we won the rebounding battle tonight,? coach Kelly Robson said. ?That?s probably the No. 1 thing I was proud of with them is that they battled for those boards.

?That was just a good win for those girls. I?m so proud of them.?

Marion built a 7-0 lead after baskets by Kirsten Hansen, Kelli Hess and Megan Richmond and led 11-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Marion increased the margin to double digits at 23-11 when Julia Hall scored with 1:02 left before halftime. Marion led 24-15 at the break.

Although Berean drew within 24-19 early in the third quarter, Marion surged back to double digits at 30-19 after three consecutive scores by Hess and Katey Ehrlich.

Bailey Robson increased Marion?s lead to 38-24 with 6:39 to play, and Marion cruised to the 13-point win.

Hess led Marion with 16 points.

?I felt like for (Kelli) it was more than the points,? Robson said. ?She was defending from that zone exactly the way we talked about doing. She was getting to the closeout on the lane. She was trying to keep the ball out of the middle. She deflected several passes in the first half. She?s a different player this year than last.?

Coming?Marion (2-2) will host Canton-Galva Thursday at 6 p.m.

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