The Marion girls could not hang on down the stretch in a 52-48 loss to Council Grove Thursday. The Braves were ranked fourth in the Class 3A girls’ KBCA rankings.
The teams traded scores in the first quarter, as Sam Richmond scored five of Marion’s first six points. A 5-2 run put the Braves in front by four, 12-8, but Marion made its last three field goal attempts of the period, including a 3-pointer by Courtney Herzet, and 2-point baskets by Corrina Crabb and Kourtney Hansen.
The 7-0 run gave Marion the advantage at the first break, 15-12.
Council Grove outscored the Warriors, 6-2 to start the second quarter, and Marion made its last basket of the half—a 2-pointer by Herzet—with 2:40 to play. Richmond added a pair of free-throws after that, but Council Grove led at intermission, 24-23.
The Braves extended their lead to 35-28 midway through the third quarter, but Marion closed the gap to 35-34 at the final break, with Kourtney Hansen scoring the final four points of the period.
Marion took the lead, 44-41, by scoring on four consecutive possessions midway through the fourth quarter. But Marion made just one of its final six field-goal attempts after that, also turning the ball over twice. An 11-4 Brave run in the final 3:08 sealed the Warriors’ fate.
“(The Braves) were making a good number of shots from (the 3-point line),” coach Kelly Robson said. “You’ve got to give them credit for making those shots. We weren’t able to close out on everybody.
“They had a good spread of the floor, and when we let them have an open shot, they knocked it down. That’s how you win games. But I was proud of the girls for continuing to battle hard.
“I think everybody out there played well tonight. It just didn’t go our way in the end.”
Hansen led the Warriors with 19 points. Richmond scored 10.
Coming—Marion (3-0, 10-3) resumed league play at Moundridge Tuesday and will host Sterling on Friday.