MHS girls cruise in 1st round

The Marion High School girls jumped out to a 17-3 first quarter lead over Peabody-Burns and cruised to a 63-26 win in the opening night of the Marion Classic Monday.

Halfway through the first quarter, Julie Wedel drew a foul from Kayley Heerey and hit a free throw to cut Marion?s lead to 4-3.

An offensive rebound and putback by Lindsay Hett ignited a 13-0 run, the last portion of which saw Julia Zeiner score 7 points in 1:33.

Wedel and Stephanie Rempel scored back-to-back baskets to chop Marion?s lead to 19-7.

Hett and Rempel traded 3-pointers, and Rempel hit another to make it 24-13. Then Wedel scored a field goal to counter two free throws by Whitney Gordon, making it 26-15 at halftime.

Rempel made a jump shot a moment into the third quarter, marking the last time PBHS closed within 10 points.

Another offensive rebound and putback by Hett sparked another huge run, with Zeiner and Kayley Heerey providing most of the subsequent fireworks.

Heerey followed Hett?s make with a 19-foot 3-pointer, and struck again coming out of a timeout at 3:59 of the third.

Zeiner scored five straight times to ramp Marion?s edge to 46-17, and Anna Laurin finished off the third quarter with a rebound and putback of a Zeiner miss.

Heerey picked up two quick fouls starting the fourth quarter, and scored 3-pointers at 51-17, 54-21 and 58-23.

In between, Danielle Savage, Michaela Methvin and Traylee Woodruff each scored 2-point shots for Peabody-Burns.

Savage stayed aggressive, and earned six free throws for the trouble. She made three.

Kristin Geis and Bridgett Lundy scored the last baskets of the game for Marion.

Zeiner finished with 20 points. Heerey had 15. Kristen Steinborn led MHS with 5 assists, and added 5 rebounds.

Hett and Gordon led Marion to a 35-34 rebounding advantage, with six apiece. Hett finished with 9 points. MHS forced 32 turnovers.

Wedel led Peabody-Burns scorers with 9 points.

Coming?Both teams have two tournament games remaining. Marion will play for first place with a win Thursday. A loss would put MHS in the third place game, to be played at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Peabody-Burns plays at 3 p.m. Thursday. A win would boost the Warriors into the fifth place game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the main gym. A loss would move PBHS into the seventh place game, to be played at the same time in the Marion Elementary School gym.

MHS plays at 6:30 Thursday, and the girls championship game will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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