MHS girls sixth in home tourney



Marion girls lost to Belle Plaine, 56-51, Saturday in the finals of the Warrior Classic, giving them sixth place in the tournament and keeping them winless at 0-4.

The Warriors lost to Berean and Eureka in the first two rounds of pool play.

?We play hard,? coach Randy Savage said. ?We have to learn to play under control. We just were out of control. We tried to go one dribble too far, two dribbles too far, one pass too many. We?ll work on it.?

Belle Plaine ?Marion conquered the rebounding problems plaguing them in their previous two games, out-rebounding the Dragons, 36-31. But they could not counter the scoring of Belle Plaine?s Danielle Balzer and Jamie Wilkerson, who scored 20 and 13 points, respectively, in Marion?s 56-51 loss.

Belle Plaine outscored Marion by two points in the first quarter, 12-10, but extended the lead to 28-18 by halftime. After three quarters, the score stood at 45-33.

But despite Marion?s strong fourth-quarter rally, in which they outscored the Dragons, 18-11, they could not pull out the win.

Whitney Gordon registered a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Erin Meierhoff added 10 points.

Although the Warriors? shooting from the field was comparable to Belle Plaine at 40 percent, the Dragons won from beyond the arc, 36 to 16 percent.

The Dragons converted Marion?s 20 turnovers into 22 points, while Marion scored 13 points off Belle Plaine?s 15 turn?overs.

Eureka?Marion scored first in Friday?s game, but that was about the extent of their momen?tum as the Warriors lost, 57-43.

?We came out awful,? coach Randy Savage said. ?Flat. Tired.?

Marion?s Erin Meierhoff scored off the tip-off, but Eureka countered with 11 unanswered points.

Whitney Gordon finally scored off an offensive rebound to make it 11-4 at 3:24, and Katey Ehrlich chipped in a basket a minute later. But the Warriors trailed, 19-6, after one quarter.

Gordon and Kelli Hess combined for four back-to-back points early in the second period, but Eureka held a 30-19 advantage at halftime.

The Warriors heated up coming out of the locker room. Megan Richmond scored six points for Marion in the third quarter. Gordon added seven.

But it was Ehrlich who had the key play, stealing the ball and scoring with 3:46 remaining. She was fouled and sank the free throw to bring the Warriors within single digits for the first time since the first five minutes.

But Marion hit a scoring drought in the final quarter. They were outscored, 13-9, for Eureka?s 57-43 victory.

Turnovers were a key factor. Marion committed 33 turnovers to Eureka?s 11 and were out?scored, 15-7, on second-chance points.

Marion did better on the boards Thursday, out-rebounding Eureka, 49-45, overall and 37-25 in defensive rebounds, thanks in large part to Gordon?s 21 boards.

Gordon led Warrior scorers with 15 points and Megan Richmond added 10.

?She scraps hard inside,? Savage said about Richmond. ?She?s done a better job this year of taking care of the ball.?

The Warriors shot 31 percent from the field and 20 percent from beyond the arc, comparable to Eureka.

?We have at least four legitimate three-point shooters,? Savage said.?We?ve got to hit a few of those.?

Berean?An inability to rebound was a key factor in Marion?s 47-27 loss to Berean Thursday. The Berean girls had 59 rebounds to Marion?s 30 and topped them, 35-8, on the offensive boards.

Marion trailing by only a few points early in the game, and even took a 7-6 lead with 2:24 left in the first quarter on a basket in the paint by Whitney Gordon.

That sparked a back-and-forth struggle for the lead through the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. But Berean hit a three-pointer with 7:06 left in the half, jump-starting the offense for nine unanswered points.

Marion did hit a free throw to snap the streak, but with 3:04 remaining in the first half Berean led, 22-12. Marion rallied in the last two minutes, combining for five points to make the score 22-17 going into the break.

Kaelyn Thierolf started the second half with a basket to pull Marion within three points, 22-19, but Berean again scored nine unanswered points. Berean led by 12 points, 31-19, at the end of the third quarter.

Despite six points from Gordon in the last six minutes of the game, Marion could not keep up with a Berean team that outscored Marion, 16-8, in the fourth quarter for the win.

Gordon registered 16 points and 10 rebounds. Marion shot 32 percent from the field but went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. Marion made only 29 percent of its free throws.

?Berean put a lot of man-to-man pressure on us,? coach Randy Savage said. ?We don?t handle that very well.?

Coming?The Warriors are scheduled to play Dec. 20 at Hillsboro, with the tip-off for varsity scheduled for 6 p.m.

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