The young Marion girls? team picked up its first victory of the year last Tuesday with a 35-29 decision over Peabody-Burns in the opening game of the Marion Classic.
The Warriors placed fourth after losing, 43-28, to Remington Saturday. MHS fell to Berean Friday, 47-27.
Marion took a small early lead Tuesday and grew it slowly throughout the game, never outscoring PBHS by more than three points in a quarter.
Marion took its biggest lead of the game, 23-11, in the third quarter, before PBHS ended with an 18-12 run.
Marion won despite shooting 22.1 percent from the field. The young Warriors relied on free throws for 14 of their 35 points. Marion made 14 of 18 free throws.
PBHS shot 33 percent from the field, including 3-for-4 from three. PBHS committed 26 turnovers to Marion?s 18.
Whitney Gordon led all scorers with 12 points, including 6-for-6 shooting from the foul line. She added 11 rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots, two steals and three turnovers.
Donna Cady shot 4-for-4 from the free-throw stripe on the way to seven points. Emily Hett finished with four points, six rebounds, four steals and six turnovers.
Katey Ehrlich scored six points, had five rebounds, three steals, four fouls and no turn?overs.
Heather Brooks led PBHS with six points on 2-for-3 shooting. Kaycy Gonzalez finished with five points. Sarah Hofkamp had five points, six rebounds and five turnovers.
Berean Academy?Berean?s smothering full-court press was too much for Marion?s young guards to handle Friday.
The Warriors committed 28 turnovers, struggling to get the ball past half-court much of the first half. Marion outscored Berean, 11-6, in the fourth quarter. Berean led, 43-16, in the early part of the fourth quarter, its biggest lead.
The Warriors attempted 13 three-point shots, making two. From the field, Marion made 11 of 41 shots. Marion won the battle on the boards, 35-27.
Berean shot 3-of-6 from three and 20-of-52 from the field.
For Berean, Mallory Zuercher scored 15 points and added three rebounds, three assists and four steals. Kayla Wilgers scored 12 points and handed out five assists and four steals.
Donna Cady led Marion with nine points on 4-for-8 shooting. Katey Erhlich had eight points, nine rebounds. Whitney Gordon scored three points and added a game-high 11 rebounds.
Remington?In the third-place game, Marion?s offensive woes continued as the Warriors scored two points in the first quarter and 13 points through three periods.
Marion ended the game with a 15-point fourth quarter, outscoring Remington by two.
The Warriors committed 28 turnovers and shot 24.4 percent from the field, but they outrebounded the Broncos, 41-30.
Remington?s Quin Tillotson scored 11 points and added five rebounds and five steals. Katie Thiessen finished with eight points.
Whitney Gordon had nine points, 18 rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and three turnovers for Marion. Katey Ehrlich added nine points, five rebounds, two steals and seven turnovers.
In the championship game, Eureka lost to Berean Academy, 52-35. Belle Plaine beat Peabody-Burns, 55-22, for fifth place.