Warrior girls third in Marion Classic

Kourtney Hansen drives into the lane during the first half against Wichita Homeschool Thursday. Hansen led the Warrior scoring effort with 17 points in Marion’s 42-38 win. Marion went on to defeat Eureka to claim third place in the tournament.The Marion girls earned a narrow, 41-39 victory over Eureka Saturday to claim third place in the Marion Classic tournament.

Kourtney Hansen led the effort with 23 points to lead all scorers.

In the first quarter, Marion trailed, 4-3, but used a 6-0 run to take the lead by the end of the period, 9-4. Sam Richmond scored two baskets off turnovers during that stretch to pave the way.

Eureka outscored Marion in the second quarter, 13-10. After the Warriors built a 13-5 lead, Eureka scored seven to draw within 13-12. The Tornadoes later took the lead, 16-15. Marion regained it by halftime, 19-17, thanks to a pair of free throws by Taelyn Pagel and a two-point basket by Hansen.

Hansen scored the first four points of the third quarter, and Pagel followed with a three-pointer to stretch Marion’s lead to 26-17, the Warriors’ largest. Eureka, however, outscored Marion, 12-7 after that, closing within 33-29 at the final break.

The Warriors took a six-point lead when Richmond scored at the 6:22 mark, but then it dwindled to two, 35-33. The teams traded scores, and Marion clung to a 41-39 lead after Eureka made two free throws with 21 seconds to play. A Warrior foul gave Eureka the ball, but Marion regained possession after a held ball, then missed a free throw. The Warriors forced a turnover and went on to win by two.

“I was super pleased with how we got that steal at the end,” coach Kelly Robson said. “We’ve been working a little bit on end of game things and how can we handle close games, and we ran a little bit of clock off. We weren’t not shooting, but we were going to take a really good shot or we weren’t going to shoot. We were going to make them defend a little bit and hopefully make free-throws. After we missed the free-throw and they got the rebound, we got right into some defense without fouling, made a nice hustle play to knock it away and secure the thing, which was really nice.”

In addition to her 23 points, Hansen grabbed 13 rebounds and had seven steals. Marion shot 42 percent from the field (15-for-36), compared with 39 percent (12-for-31) for Eureka.

“I didn’t expect it to be quite this close, but it turned out to be close, and the girls kept going hard,” Robson said. “They certainly weren’t going to give up at the end.”

Marion 42, Wichita 38

Marion evened its tournament record at 1-1 with a victory over another set of Warriors Thursday.

The home team trailed at the end of the first quarter, 8-6, but Kourtney Hansen and Sam Richmond scored in succession to start the second quarter and give Marion the lead. Following a 10-10 tie, Marion went on a 6-0 run, and maintained a lead at halftime, 19-15.

Hansen scored the final five points of the third quarter to give Marion its largest lead of the night by the end of it, 29-21.

The visitors closed the gap with a 7-2 rally to start the fourth quarter, then neither team scored the next three minutes. Jessi Lew­man broke the drought with a basket at the 3:31 mark, and Marion built its lead to seven a couple times. Richmond scored Marion’s final three points at the charity stripe, and the game’s leading scorer, Faith Schwemmer, drained a three-pointer at the buzzer, bringing it to the final, four-point spread.

Hansen led Marion with 17 points. Richmond added 10.

“I felt like it was kind of an ugly game, just all the way around,” coach Kelly Robson said. “A lot of fouls. We were trying to get the ball inside against their zone.”

Berean 40, Marion 32

In a battle of Warriors, the home team suffered a defeat to open the Marion Classic Monday.

Berean Academy, ranked eighth in the Class 2A KBCA rankings, took a 10-4 lead after the first quarter, but Marion narrowed the gap to within 17-15 at halftime. The home team made just four of 15 attempts from the field in the first half (27 percent).

Berean outscored Marion, 15-10 in the third quarter and 8-7 in the fourth to earn the win.

For the game, Marion made 36 percent of its attempts from the field (12-for-33), while Berean shot 33 percent (13-for-40).

Marion committed 24 turnovers in the game and made just 33 percent of its free-throw attempts (7-for-21). Sam Richmond led Marion in scoring with eight points.

Coming—Marion (3-1) will compete in the HOA-CPL challenge by playing Bluestem Friday at 3 p.m. at Central Christian College in McPherson. The Warriors will host Hillsboro Tuesday to conclude pre-holiday play.

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