Then, for perhaps the first time in the recorded history of basketball, two players fouled out on one play.
Whitney Gordon set her feet to take a charge from Alexi Bohling, who was driving to the basket. But Gordon wavered slightly just as Bohling crashed into her, leading to a disagreement between officials that was ruled a double foul?each player?s fifth personal.
Halstead retained possession by virtue of the alternating arrow, and the ensuing inbounds play resulted in a Marissa Vermillion 3-pointer at 1:18 that cut Marion?s lead to 49-47.
Hett and Heerey combined on a bad pass turnover a moment later, but the Warrior defense forced a miss. Heerey gathered the rebound and moved the ball to Hett, who was fouled by Kirsten Sooter with with 34 seconds left.
Hett made the second of the foul shots, forcing Halstead to shoot for three.
Marion?s defense forced another miss and Heerey grabbed another rebound, but committed another turnover, giving Halstead one last chance to shoot for the tie.
The Dragons misfired again, and Hett’s defensive rebound clinched it for the Warriors. She was fouled with two seconds left, and removed luck the final equation with a free throw that boosted Marion?s lead to four.
Hett totaled 20 points and Zeiner totaled 15.
Collegiate?Led by Ashia Woods, the Spartans physically overpowered Marion. Woods posted 24 points, 10 steals, six rebounds and four blocks while being whistled for just three fouls and committing just two turnovers.
Marion committed 22 turnovers, allowing Collegiate 55 field goal attempts, of which the Spartans converted 29. MHS went 17-for-46 from the field.
Collegiate lept out to a 21-14 lead eight minutes into the contest, and carried a 39-29 advantage into halftime.
A 26-6 run in the third quarter effectively ended the night for both teams? starters, and the Marion reserves outscored Collegiate 10-5 in the fourth quarter.
Julia Zeiner scored 14 points and Lindsay Hett had 11 for Marion.
Coming?Marion hosted Sterling Tuesday and will host Hesston Friday.