The Marion girls claimed a 41-34 victory over Sedgwick to close out their regular season Feb. 21. They improved to 3-17 overall as they go into sub-state competition.
?I thought they played pretty well,? said head coach Randy Savage. ?I was really happy for them.?
Marion kept pace with Sedgwick in the first quarter, trading baskets but allowing the Cardinals a 10-6 lead at the end of the period.
Play heated up in the second quarter, as Marion put together an 8-2 scoring burst that gave them a 14-12 lead.
Sedgwick tied the game twice more before the Cardinals took a 20-17 lead going into the break.
The Warriors struggled early on in the second half, allowing Sedgwick to out-score them, 7-4, in the first 6:30 of play time.
But Whitney Gordon scored on a rebound and Katey Ehrlich followed it up with a basket at 53 seconds to narrow the Cardinal’s lead to 27-25 at the end of the quarter.
Ehrlich scored out of the gate to tie the game and Erin Meierhoff followed it up with a three-pointer at 6:20 to give Marion the lead, and help them out-score Sedgwick, 16-7, in the final period.
Both teams swapped leads as the clock ran down, with Sedgwick drawing within three points of the Warriors, 37-34, with 49 seconds left.
But Ehrlich and Gordon made four points in free throws in the final seconds to secure the seven-point win.
Ehrlich led the Warriors with 13 points, but Meierhoff and Gordon each added 10 points. Gordon nearly had the double-double with nine rebounds.
?We just did a very nice job defensively,? Savage said. ?We ran what we wanted to run and executed pretty well.?
He added that Ehrlich and Meierhoff had a strong defensive performance holding Sedgwick?s two top scorers to single digits.
Coming?The Warriors were scheduled to play at Hillsboro in the first round of sub-state competition Feb. 28.