The Marion girls slipped past Council Grove on the road Friday, 33-31, to spoil the Braves? homecoming game.
Marion struggled in the first half, managing a mere five points in the first quarter and three in the second.
Fortunately for the Warriors, the Braves were sluggish, too. Council Grove led 17-8 at intermission.
Marion came out much stronger in the third quarter. The Warriors increased the defensive tempo of the game and beginning hitting shots on the offensive end. A key contributor was Warrior mainstay Whitney Gordon, who had sat out a good portion of the first half with ful trouble.
The Warriors steadily cut the Braves? lead until tying the game, 24-24, with 27 seconds left in the third quarter.
Both teams traded the lead several times in the next few minutes. The Warriors pulled ahead by four points with just under three minutes left in the contest.
Morgan Chadd tied the game for the Braves, 31-31, with 1:25 left, but Gordon and Warroirs teammate Katey Ehrilich made key free throws to help the Warriors retake the lead en route to the two-point victory.
Coach Randy Savage said increasing the game tempo made the difference for his players against a ?more aggressive? Braves? team.
Despite limited playing time in the first half, Gordon was the only Warrior to break double digits, finishing with 14 points.
The Braves, with balanced scoring, had no one break single digits.
Coming?The Warriors (3-9) are scheduled to play Canton-Galva (3-10) Tuesday at home. They will travel to Berean Academy (12-1) Friday.