Led by an 18 point (15 in the first half), eight rebound performance from sophomore Whitney Gordon, the Marion Warriors dominated the Ellinwood Eagles 65-35 in Marion Tuesday night.
The Warriors wasted no time taking control of the game, jumping to a 10-3 lead and ending the first quarter with a 15-5 lead.
Extending its lead to 20 at 37-17 on a Gordon basket seconds before the end of the half, Marion relied on scoring from Gordon and Senior Kristen Steinborn. Usually quiet on the offensive end of the floor, Steinborn had seven first half points and ended the game with nine.
Cruising in the second half, Marion outscored the Eagles 28-18. The Warriors led by 34 points at one point in the fourth quarter.
Kayley Heerey fell one assist short of a double-double, scoring 11 points and setting up teammates for baskets nine times. Lindsey Hett got it done on both ends of the floor, netting 12 points and picking Eagles? pockets four times. Julia Zeiner scored eight points.
Other scorers for Marion were Birdget Lundy, Chassidy Carlson and Erin Meierhoff with two points each.
Ellinwoood was led by Lauren Thill with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Marion improves to 10-2 and remains undefeated in MCAA league play at 4-0.
The Marion boys fell at home in a game controlled by Ellinwoood from tip to buzzer Tuesday night, 49-37.
The Eagles started the game off with a 9-0 run. Marion scored its first bucket more than three minutes into the opening stanza. The first quarter ended 17-9.
Marion chipped away at the lead in the early part of the first half. A Wil Case layup cut the Eagle lead to 19-14 with 5:49 left to go in the half. Ellinwood stopped the Marion run, extending the Eagle lead to 32-20 at the half.
Able to cut the Eagle lead to single digits on a couple of occasions, the Warriors made their final run with under three minutes left to play.
Isaac Hett brought the Warriors to within 12 on a traditional three-point play to make the score 44-32. Eric Vogel followed up the Hett hoop and a harm with a layup, cutting Ellinwood?s lead to 10 at 44-34. Fouled on a drive to the basket, Case broke into a single digit deficit, hitting 1-of-2 free throws. The 44-35 Ellinwood lead was the closest the Warriors would get.
Ellinwood was led by Alex Birney, who finished with 21 points.
Jordan Hett was the only Warrior scorer in double digits, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Other scorers for Marion were Hett (9), Eric Vogel (8) and Case (5). Fouling out late in the fourth quarter, Vogel also pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Marion boys fell to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in MCAA play. Both teams traveled to Wichita Collegiate Tuesday and will host Halstead Friday.