Moundridge gets best of Marion, 66-58

Pitted against a sharp-shooting Moundridge squad, the Marion boys’ basketball team suffered a 66-58 defeat Tuesday in the final game before the holiday break.

Marion built a 15-11 lead by the end of the first quarter, but Warrior turnovers and missed opportunities contributed to a 24-22 Wildcat lead by halftime.

“We can’t pick a quarter and take a quarter off,” coach Terry Edwards said. “My kids played hard. It’s just tough.”

After Sam Zinn and Eli Hett hit back-to-back threes in the third quarter to put Marion in front, 30-28, Moundridge enjoyed a 12-0 run to push its lead to double figures. The Warriors closed the gap to 42-35 by the end of the period.

Although unable to get stops on defense, Marion closely matched Moundridge’s production in a high-scoring fourth quarter. Evann Heidebrecht contributed seven points to a 23-point Warrior effort in the period, but Moundridge scored 24 points to claim the eight-point win.

“We just need to recognize different situations, all of us together as a team,” Edwards said. “We talked before we started, we can’t leave (Dillon Vogts), can’t help off of him, can’t leave him. Tough player, and he made some tough shots, but the minute we relax, he makes a three. We knew (Remington Creed) could shoot the three, too. We saw him on film.”

Zinn led the Warrior effort with 16 points, making four of Marion’s eight three-pointers on the night. Chase Stringer scored 14 points and had nine rebounds. Noah Dalrymple had a double-double performance with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Heidebrecht scored 10 points.

Meanwhile, Vogts and Brady Helms scored 21 points each for Moundridge. Vogts hit three treys on the night, while Helms scored nine of his points in the fourth quarter. Creed scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, hitting three three-pointers and a free throw.

Coming—Marion (0-1, 4-3) will host Inman, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, Jan. 4.