Marion girls place seventh at Cougar Classic at Centre High

The fifth-seeded Marion girls’ basketball team claimed seventh place in the Cougar Classic tournament hosted by Centre last week with a 67-22 victory over seventh-seeded Peabody-Burns Thursday.

The tournament, originally scheduled to conclude Saturday, was rescheduled for earlier in the week because of weather concerns, meaning the Warriors played three games in three days.

In the seventh-place game, Marion enjoyed a double-digit, 21-11, lead after the first quarter, and held a 38-19 advantage at halftime. The Warriors blanked Peabody-Burns in the third quarter to extend their lead to 56-19 after three quarters. An 11-3 Marion advantage in the fourth quarter brought it to the final, 45-point spread.

“The girls really came to play,” coach Kelly Robson said. “We pressured them into turnovers and scored layups off them. The shots that didn’t go in (against Wakefield) were falling (versus Peabody). Offensively, we were sharing the ball really well and making shots.”

Michaela Regnier led the Warriors with 16 points. Chloe Burkholder scored 13.

Wakefield—Following Tuesday’s loss to Solomon, Marion faced eighth-seeded Wakefield in the consolation bracket Wednesday and lost, 26-20.

Wakefield took an early lead after the first quarter, 8-5, and each team scored five points in the second. But Marion failed to score in the third quarter, allowing the Bombers to extend what had been a 13-10 halftime advantage to 19-10 after three quarters of play. Despite outscoring Wakefield, 10-7, in the fourth quarter, Marion was unable to make up the difference.

“We couldn’t buy a basket,” coach Kelly Robson said. “We had really good shots, but we couldn’t get it to go in the hoop. Defensively, I thought we were pretty good.”  

Destiny Boudreaux led the Warriors with five points.

Solomon—Marion opened tournament play with a 39-31 loss to fourth-seeded Solomon Tuesday.

The Gorillas took a 6-4 lead after one quarter of play, but the Warriors stormed back in the second quarter to lead, 11-10 at halftime.

Scoring increased in the second half, and the teams ended the third period deadlocked in a 21-21 tie. However, Solomon outscored Marion, 18-10 in the final period, which was the difference in the game.

“We didn’t play very well in the fourth,” coach Kelly Robson said. “Their best player decided to play harder, and we didn’t step up our intensity to match hers.”  

Corrina Crabb scored 15 points to lead the Warriors.

Coming—Marion (0-4, 2-11) will travel to Council Grove Friday before returning to league play by hosting Sedgwick Jan. 29.

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