Warrior girls come up short against Celtics, Cardinals

The Marion Warriors lost, 44-39, to Hutch Trinity Friday in a hard-fought battle at Marion.

Despite the loss, coach Randy Savage said the Warriors showed improvement.

?It?s better,? he said. ?The good thing is they don?t think it?s better because it?s still a loss.?

The Celtics scored first with a little under six minutes left in the first period, but the Warriors found the basket. They tied it again, 4-4, with 4:41 left in the period.

When Warrior standout Whitney Gordon scored with just seconds left in the quarter, Marion enjoyed a 13-8 lead at the first break.

The Celtics rallied in the second quarter. The Celtics? Lizzie Degner sank two free throws with 3:36 left to put Trinity in the lead. With a two-point buzzer shot, the Celtics led by three points, 24-21, at halftime.

The game started to slip away from the Warriors in the second half, though they never trailed by more than six points and often drew within four or two points. A long three-pointer buzzer shot from Gordon made the score 30-36 at the end of the third period, keeping the Warriors in the game.

With 6:43 left in the game, Gordon made another basket to cut the Celtic?s lead to four, then scored again to draw the Warriors to within three points, 38-35.

With a minute left in the game, Gordon reduced the lead to three points, 40-37, and with 35 seconds left she sank another basket to make the score 40-39.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Celtics? Kaylin Labenz made a free throw to extend the Celtics? lead by one with four seconds left in the game. The Celtics made another basket and then Degner made another free throw with two seconds left to make the final score, 44-39.

Coach Savage said turnovers and silly fouls kept the Warriors from that edge they needed to win the game, but added that the Warriors? shooting average was much improved.

Gordon finished in the double digits with 20 points. Two Celtics players made double digits, with Degner scoring 10 and Vieyra 14.

Sedgwick?A slow start set Marion on the path to a 46-28 defeat at Sedgwick Tuesday.

Both teams prevented any points until the 5:27 mark when Jaime Lovett made two free throws for the Cardinals.

With 2:08 left in the quarter and down 9-0, coach Randy Savage called a timeout.

Erin Meierhoff scored the team?s first points with less than a minute left in the quarter, which ended with the Warriors trailing, 11-2.

Marion shot 19 percent (4-21) in the first half and committed 17 turnovers before heading into the locker room down 22-8.

In the second half, Marion improved to 28 percent (6-21) shooting, cut turnovers to 10, and also made seven free throws.

Whitney Gordon led MHS (0-3, 1-7) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Katey Ehrlich contributed six points and seven rebounds.

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