Despite three Warriors fouling out and a late-game surge from Hesston, the Marion girls? basketball team defeated the Swathers, 57-51, Friday night in Hesston.
Outscored 15-11 in the first quarter, Marion turned the second quarter into a 23-5 run to go into halftime with a 34-20 lead. The second stanza was the only period in which Marion outscored Hesston.
The third quarter started with a 4-0 Marion run. The run did not last long as Julia Zeiner was whistled for her third foul of the game, earning her a seat on the bench with 5:15 left in the period.
In Zeiner?s absence, Hesston rattled off a 15-4 run to end the third quarter with a 42-35 deficit.
Marion extended its lead to 47-37 with 5:45, remaining courtesy of a Lindsay Hett three, followed by a Hett steal that was passed up the floor to Zeiner who dished the ball off to Whitney Gordon for a jump shot.
Almost half a minute later, Zeiner?s night ended when she was whistled for a fifth foul, while trying to defend a Hesston player near half court. Another minute passed before Kristen Steinborn also took a seat on the bench, picking up her fifth foul with 4:02 left to play.
Seconds later, Gordon opened the Marion lead back to nine with a 15-foot jumper that tickled the nylon and gave the Warriors a 51-42 advantage with 3:57 remaining.
After Hett and Chassidy Carlson blocked Swather shots to preserve an eight-point lead, Bridget Lundy fouled out and Hett checked out of the game because of an injury with 1:30 left. Hett went to the ground untouched, grasping her lower leg as the ball popped loose. She managed to get back to her feet to attempt a defensive play but came up limping. Hesston did not score on the turnover, but Hett went to bench to get evaluated.
In the absence of Marion?s two leading scorers and ball handlers, Hesston moved to within four points at 55-51 with 34.9 seconds left following a Sam Short layup. Hesston had the opportunity to cut the Marion lead to one basket, but the Swathers missed a layup.
After the missed shot, a battle for the rebound forced a jump ball that was originally given to Marion, but was changed by the scorer?s table. The possession arrow operator had forgotten to change the possession arrow after the previous tie-up.
Marion stole the ball on the Hesston inbounds play and Hett, who had returned to the game moments before, was fouled on the transition layup attempt. She knocked down one of the two attempts, giving Marion a 56-51 lead.
Scoring ended with a free throw by Gordon with three seconds to play.
Gordon led the Warriors with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. Zeiner finished with 13 points, five rebounds. Hett filled the stat sheet, scoring nine points, grabbing 11 rebounds, blocking five shots, picking the Swathers? pocket four times and dishing out four assists.
Hesston was led by Sam Short with 16 and Mallory Schroeder with 11.
Sterling?For the second game in a row, the Marion girls? basketball team jumped to a commanding lead on the way to a 70-52 victory at Sterling Tuesday night.
Sparked by nine straight points on three consecutive 3-pointers from Kayley Heery, the Warriors started with a five-minute, 24-3 spurt. Sterling had difficulties inbounding the ball against the Marion press.
During one stretch in the first quarter, Marion stole Black Bear possessions on four consecutive inbounds plays. Taking advantage of the turnovers under Sterling?s basket, Marion scored three layups for six points.
The run ended when Sterling scored eight unanswered points to end the first quarter, 27-11. Each team scored 11 points in the second quarter to go into halftime, 38-22.
To open the second half, Marion jumped to a 54-26 lead with a 16-4 run. During the run, Lindsay Hett pulled up and knocked down a 3-pointer with a Black Bear defender in her face. Julia Zeiner also knocked down a three from the wing in transition.
Marion ended the third quarter with a 59-35 advantage and was not challenged by Sterling in the fourth quarter.
Zeiner led all scorers with 21. Hett finished with 13 points, seven steals and five rebounds. Heerey scored 15 points and converted on 4-of-7 three-point attempts. Whitney Gordon contributed 11 points, five rebounds.
For the Black Bears, Heather Davis scored 15 and Hannah Enfield had 10.
Marion improves to 7-1 in MCAA play and is 13-3 overall.
Coming?Marion will host Nickerson Tuesday and Hillsboro Thursday. Sub state begins Feb. 4. Marion is in the Eureka sub state tournment.