The Warriors lost 53-31 in a Class 3A sub-state quarterfinal matchup last Tuesday, one week after Trinity defeated Marion in the final game of the regular season.
?Give Trinity credit for playing with a lot of intensity tonight,? coach Kelly Robson said. ?They played harder than they did last week when we were here.
?Our girls got a little rattled early on, and when we start to get rattled, it doesn?t go well unless we can somehow get it back in a hurry, and we didn?t get it back.?
Marion lost the previous meeting 45-36, but the Warriors led after one quarter and at halftime. This time around, it was not to be.
Trinity went on an 11-0 run out of the gate as Marion missed shots and committed turnovers.
Bailey Robson scored a three-pointer to get the Warriors on the board, and Kirsten Hansen followed with a basket off a steal. The Celtics scored five unanswered points before Kaelyn Thierolf made a basket for a 16-7 score by the end of the first period.
Things went downhill in the second quarter as the Celtics increased their lead to 28-9 when Marion managed only two free throws in the first six minutes.
During that time, Hansen suffered an injury and did not return. Katey Ehrlich scored the Warriors? first basket with 1:19 to go, and Megan Richmond grabbed a steal and scored. The Celtics made the last basket of the half for a 30-13 lead.
Ehrlich scored six of Marion?s nine third-quarter points, but by the end of the quarter the Celtics increased the lead to 45-22.
The Celtics drained a three-pointer to start the final quarter, then Ehrlich chipped in two free throws and Julia Hall scored.
After the teams traded three-pointers, Richmond scored Marion?s final two points of the season with a pair of free throws with 1:56 to play.
Ehrlich led Marion with 11 points and nine rebounds.
With the loss, the Warriors end their season with a 9-12 record.
Robson said his team improved in a number of areas during this season, including committing fewer turnovers, shooting a better field-goal percentage and grabbing more rebounds.
?Everybody tells me we played so hard, and that was partially because of that senior leadership out there, giving it everything they have,? Robson said. ?I?m extremely pleased with our improvements.
?The girls can hang their hats a little bit on getting nine wins. I?m proud of them for that.?