MHS girls lose by one to Braves

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MHSvsCouncilGroveEhrlich118

The Marion girls were looking for their second straight win in Thursday?s home contest against Council Grove, but a three-pointer in the final four seconds handed the Warriors a 33-32 defeat that dropped their record to 1-12 for the season.

?We?ll just keep working,? coach Randy Savage said. ?We played pretty well and did some things right at the end. They got it to Whitney (Gordon), they got the shot, and it didn?t go in.?

Marion looked a shaky out of the gate as Council Grove built a 6-0 lead in the first three minutes.

But a steal and layup by Katey Ehrlich, a basket by Gordon, a free throw by Erin Meierhoff and a basket from Kaelyn Thierolf gave Marion a 7-6 lead.

Gordon drained a three-pointer with four seconds remaining to put the Warriors on top, 10-6, at the end of the period.

Council Grove came back to tie the game twice in the second quarter. But Marion rallied to lead at the break, 17-14, thanks to five points from Gordon in the second period.

The Warriors struggled early in the third quarter, allowing the Braves an 8-2 run in the first three minutes.

But Megan Richmond scored two points from the line at 4:48 and Gordon sank a basket from beyond the arc seconds later to give Marion a 23-22 lead.

Gordon scored again with 21 seconds remaining to make it 25-24 at the end of the third quarter.

The senior put up four points in the first 2:30 of the final period to give Marion a 29-25 lead.

Council Grove pulled itself together to tie it, 29-29. Ehrlich scored off a Richmond assist to give the Warriors a 31-29 lead at 1:51. After the Braves sank a free throw to pull within one point, Meierhoff gave Marion two from the line to put them on top, 32-30.

But with four seconds on the clock, Council Grove drained a three-pointer to escape with the win.

Gordon put up 19 points for the Warriors, including six from three-point range.

Savage said the difference in the game came at the free-throw line.

?We were 6-for-14 at the free throw line,? said Savage. ?Eight-for-14 is bad, and it would have won us the game.?

That aside, Savage said he thought his team played pretty well except for the first quarter.

?I thought we?ve played a lot more poised the last three or four games,? he said. ?I thought we continued to box out pretty well. I thought we did better handling the pressure. They played another consistent game.?

Coming?The Warriors are scheduled to travel to Canton-Galva (0-13) Jan. 31 before playing Berean Academy (2-11) Friday. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. See hillsborofreepress.com for same-night coverage.

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