The Marion girls ended a three-game slide by securing a pair of Heart of America league victories over Hutchinson Trinity and Sedgwick last week.
Marion improves to 4-3 in league play, 12-5 overall.
Hutchinson Trinity—Marion secured a 44-32 victory over the Celtics Friday.
When the Warriors missed their first four attempts, Trinity built a 4-0 lead. After that, though, Marion enjoyed a 9-0 run, led by Kourtney Hansen with four points. Marion maintained its lead to the end of the quarter, which ended with a 13-9 score.
Faced with Trinity’s 1-3-1 zone, Marion’s scoring decreased in the second quarter. The Celtics outscored the Warriors, 9-8, to draw within 21-18 at halftime.
Hansen scored on a traditional three-point play 30 seconds into the second half, then Taelyn Pagel made two free-throws. After the teams traded threes, the Celtics made their last basket of the quarter at the 4:02 mark. Trinity missed its next seven field goal attempts, and Marion outscored the visitors, 6-1, to end the period with a double-digit, 35-24, lead.
Marion led by as many as 13 in the final quarter, including 41-28 after Corin Parmley made Marion’s final basket with 3:29 to play. Parmley scored Marion’s final three points at the charity stripe, bringing it to the final, 12-point spread.
“When they went to that 1-3-1 (zone) in the first half, we were a little frustrated and a little bit confused, but in the locker room at halftime then, we were able to talk about what needs to happen and we all got together on the same page there,” coach Kelly Robson said. “We just found passing lanes a little bit better.”
Robson also praised his defense for not allowing the Celtics many open looks.
“Defensively, I just thought we did a good job of closing out enough on the shooters,” he said. “We knew they were going to try to drive, too, and I thought we did the best job of not letting them drive like they want to.”
Hansen led all scorers with 12 points.
Sedgwick—Marion earned a 52-40 victory Tuesday, thanks to its execution on offense providing looks in the paint.
“We were best when we were getting out ahead of them and not letting them pressure us, and that led to some layups in the full court,” coach Kelly Robson said. “We passed the ball so well, much better, much stronger, (and) kept it away from the defense for the most part.”
When both teams made five baskets and a free-throw in the opening quarter, the teams ended the period deadlocked at 11 apiece.
The Warriors made just one basket and two free-throws in the first half of the second quarter, allowing Sedgwick to establish an advantage, 18-15.
After that, however, Jessi Lewman scored to ignite an 11-0 run over the next 3:08. Alli Molleker and Kourtney Hansen each accounted for four points during that time, and when Molleker scored with 29 seconds left in the half, Marion led, 26-18. The Cardinals drained a three-pointer 13 seconds later, narrowing the gap to 26-21 at halftime.
The Warriors started the third quarter with a 12-5 run, fueled by six points from Molleker. Marion led, 38-26, at the 2:37 mark. The Cardinals scored the final six points of the period, however, making it 38-32 at the final break.
Sedgwick trimmed Marion’s lead further with a three-point play to open the final quarter, but that proved to be the Cardinals’ final basket. From there, Marion outscored Sedgwick 10-2 to regain a double-digit lead, 48-37, when Molleker scored with 1:54 left in the game. Courtney Herzet and Sam Richmond each knocked down a pair of free-throws in the final 32 seconds, and Marion led by 12 at the end.
“We needed a game like this where no matter the final score, we were competing all the way to the end,” Robson said. “That was really nice. It was so fun to watch them play because they just were doing so many really nice things.”
Molleker led all scorers with 19 points. Hansen scored 15.
Coming—Marion was scheduled to play at Inman Tuesday and will host Elyria Christian Friday.