The Marion High School basketball teams crushed Eureka on Monday, the first night of both their respective seasons.
The boys ran away with a 61-27 victory after the girls beat the Tornadoes by a 59-33 score on the strength of double-digit point totals by Lindsay Hett, Julia Zeiner and Kayley Heerey.
With their press defense creating easy offense, the girls erupted for 19 points in the first quarter and 18 in the fourth quarter; they forced 40 turnovers in all, and turned the giveaways into 26 points. With 38 turnovers of their own, Marion allowed Eureka to stay in the game through halftime. But the Warriors also let the Tornadoes lead only once, on their first shot?a 3-pointer by Taylyn Schwartz.
Hett scored 12 points in the second half and finished with a team-high 18. Zeiner overcame four fouls and finished with 13 points in 19 minutes.
Heerey provided 11 points before exiting the game with an upper body injury midway through the fourth quarter.
Marion dominated every aspect of the game and limited all Eureka scorers to single digits. Schwartz paced them with eight.
In the boys game, Marion rode forwards Isaac Hett and Eric Vogel to a lopsided victory. Eureka led 1-0, but was quickly overtaken and trailed 13-6 through one quarter. It was over after two; Marion used a 17-4 run to triple the Tornadoes total, 30-10 at halftime.
Vogel scored 20 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, but Hett was positively electric with 13 points, 3 assists, a block and 3 steals in 18 minutes.
Wil Case posted nine points and freshman guard Jordan Hett both ran and defended the point with natural ease.
Coming?Both Marion teams are 1-0 heading into the second night of the second annual Marion Classic Tournament. The Warriors will face the girls and boys of Remington, who both defeated Leon-Bluestem on Monday.
The tournament also includes Berean Academy, Belle Plaine, Peabody-Burns and Oxford, and will be concluded Saturday?as early as 11:30 a.m.