Warriors struggle against strong Moundridge team in final game of first half of season

Sam Kelsey splits a pair of Moundridge defenders during the second half versus Moundridge Tuesday. Marion lost, 48-15. Janae Rempel / Free Press
Sam Kelsey splits a pair of Moundridge defenders during the second half versus Moundridge Tuesday. Marion lost, 48-15. Janae Rempel / Free Press
Blanked in two quarters, the Marion girls’ basketball team struggled to score in a 48-15 loss to Moundridge Tuesday in the Warriors’ final game before the holiday break.

“We didn’t shoot shots that we were open, and I believe we can make some of those shots,” coach Kelly Robson said. “We got in that stretch of turning the balls over again. We’re still trying to work at it.”

Marion trailed, 10-5, after the first quarter, but with the Warriors plagued by turnovers, that deficit grew to 22-5 by halftime.

Aided by a pair of three-pointers by Chloe Burkholder, Marion nearly matched the Wildcats’ third-quarter scoring production but trailed, 33-15 heading into what turned into a scoreless fourth quarter for the Warriors.

“You don’t win games when you have a scoreless quarter, and we had two tonight,” Robson said. “I encouraged the girls after the third quarter, I said, ‘Look, you scored 10 points. We can play well. We can be in lots of games scoring 10 points a quarter.’ We can. That’s not bad. But we can’t be in any games scoring nothing in two quarters.”

Burkholder scored six points for Marion.

Coming—Marion (0-1, 1-6) will host Inman, ranked second in Class 2A, Jan. 4.