The Marion High School girls basketball team carried a 4-1 record into the winter break with a 57-46 victory over Moundridge.
Marion used a 10-4 second quarter run to pull away, largely on the strength of two important baskets. The first was a putback by Whitney Gordon at the end of a sequence of four straight Marion offensive rebounds; the second was a 3-pointer by Kayley Heerey. Combined with two foul shots made by Heerey, these allowed the Warriors to stretch their lead to 26-13.
It reached 37-19 on a layup by Lindsay Hett in the third quarter, which capped an 11-2 run starting the second half. Moundridge began to close the gap by giving fouls late in the fourth quarter, but was stymied by Hett?s breakaway layup in the final minute.
Heerey finished with 15 points. Lindsay Hett led Marion with 18. Julia Zeiner scored 10.
Hesston?The Warriors led by 11 after starting the second half with a 10-3 run, but the Swathers outscored Marion 44-28 the rest of the way. Hesston forced overtime, then outscored Marion 17-12 in extra period.
Marion?s 20-13 halftime lead evaporated amid mounting foul trouble. The Warriors shot five 3-pointers without a make in the first half, and did get to the free throw line before the break.
Hesston?s Mallory Schroeder presented a matchup problem for Marion. Schroeder scored 18 points along with six rebounds and seven assists. She made just five of 20 shots from the field, but hit seven of eight foul shots.
Lindsay Hett used 10-for-14 shooting to deliver a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds?seven offensive?with just two turnovers.
But as a team, the Warriors committed 22 giveaways and allowed 23 points off of turnovers.
Coming?The Warriors return to action Jan. 5 against Ellinwood, will visit Lyons Jan. 8 and will travel to Haven Jan. 12.