MHS girls place third at Classic

The Marion girls concluded play in the Marion Classic with a 41-27 victory over Eureka Saturday, placing third with a 2-1 record.

Kourtney Hansen scored Marion’s first six points, and when Eureka made just one of four baskets attempted in the period and committed eight turnovers, Marion enjoyed a 9-3 lead at the first break.

Marion held Eureka scoreless the first 3:29 of the second quarter and forced five more Tornado turn­overs, including four on consecutive possessions. The Tornadoes attempted just one shot during that stretch, allowing Marion to build a 15-3 lead, thanks to two free throws each by Alli Molleker and Corrina Crabb and a basket by Hansen.

After that, Eureka ended the quarter on a 7-3 run, for an 18-10 Warrior lead at halftime.

Marion enjoyed an 11-6 third-quarter, with Courtney Herzet contributing five points. Meanwhile, the Tornadoes endured a scoreless stretch of 4:40 with seven turnovers, breaking the drought with three points to end the period, Marion led, 29-16 Marion.

The teams played fairly evenly through the final quarter. Marion led by as much as 39-20 when Hansen made consecutive baskets and Crabb added a free-throw midway through. Eureka ended the game with a 7-2 surge for the final 14-point spread.

Hansen led all scorers with 15 points. She added 11 rebounds. Eureka turned the ball over 30 times. Marion committed 26 turnovers.

“Tonight, I felt like we piled up turnovers for no apparent reason, so we’ve got to really work on that,” coach Kelly Robson said. “Eureka’s not a bad rebounding team. I thought we did a good job of getting bodies on people and battling hard for balls.”

Wichita Homeschool—Marion cruised to a 41-26 victory Friday in its second game of the Marion Classic tournament.

Sam Richmond, Alli Molleker and Jessi Lewman scored first-quarter baskets to give Marion a 6-4 lead at the first break. The same three Warriors, plus Kourt­ney Hansen, scored in the second quarter for a 14-7 Marion lead at halftime.

Hansen scored five of Marion’s 11 third-quarter points, and the Warriors enjoyed a 25-15 lead at the final break.

Aided by three-pointers from Courtney Herzet and Corin Parmley, Marion pushed to the finish with a 16-11 final period.

“(We had) a little bit of a slow start,” coach Kelly Robson said. “We stayed with it. They played zone the whole game. (They had a) 6-foot girl in the middle, and we couldn’t attack her very well, but we gradually found things. We made three 3-pointers, so we got a few of the outside shots to go in. It took us some time to get there, but they were mature enough to stay in it and stay with it.”

Hansen led all scorers with 11 points.

Remington—Marion opened tournament play with a 42-35 loss to the Broncos. The Warriors trailed 8-5 after one quarter of play.

By halftime, Remington led 15-9. Sam Richmond scored all four of Marion’s points in the second period.

Scoring picked up in the third quarter. Remington enjoyed a slight advantage, 15-12, to take a 30-21 lead into the final period. Kourtney Hansen scored seven of her team-high 11 points in the third quarter.

The Warriors outscored the visitors 14-12 in the final quarter, aided by a pair of Corin Parmley 3-pointers and a three by Richmond, to close the gap to the final seven-point spread.

“We played a really good second half against Reming­ton, but we couldn’t make up the six points that we were down earlier,” coach Kelly Robson said, attributing a main challenge to the Warriors’ slow start.

Remington’s Sage Wester­field led all scorers with 19 points, including four 3-pointers.

Coming—Marion (3-1) will play Independent in the HOA/CPL challenge in McPherson Friday.

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