The Marion girls? undefeated mark in the MCAA ended at the hands of state-ranked Wichita Collegiate. The Warriors fell to the Spartans 71-45 Tuesday in Wichita.
Marion hung with Collegiate for the first 15 minutes of play and trailed only 35-30 at halftime.
The Warriors scored the first basket of the game on a Julia Zeiner layup. Collegiate answered with seven consecutive points, then Marion retook the lead with an 8-0 run, capped by a Whitney Gordon putback with 4:30 left in the first quarter. The Warriors led 17-13 late in the quarter, but watched their lead slip away in the last minute the quarter ended with Collegiate holding a 21-18 lead.
Marion took the lead again in the second quarter and extended it to 28-23 on a Kayley Heerey 3-pointer with just over four minutes left in the half.
Collegiate took the lead for good at 31-30 with 40 seconds left in the half, and took a 35-30 into the locker room by scoring the last eight points of the half.
Starting the third quarter with a 12-3 run, Collegiate took control and eventually put the game out of reach.
Led by Ashia Woods with 18 points and 12 rebounds, the Spartans finished with four players in double figures. Kamri Phox scored 16, Kati Broberg 15, and Sadie Clark 14.
Marion was led by Zeiner with 15 points and five rebounds. Gordon pulled down 10 rebounds and scored four points. Lindsey Hett finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Heerey added nine points and five steals.
Halstead?The Marion girls basketball team returned to its winning ways Friday night with a 70-30 victory at home against Halstead.
Controlling the game since the opening tip, the Warriors dominated the first quarter. Marion took a double digit lead with 4:02 left to play in the opening stanza at 13-3 and finished the quarter with a 22-3 advantage.
Linsday Hett scored 10 of the 22 first quarter points, on her way to 20 points, five rebounds and five steals for the ball game.
Halstead nearly quadrupled its first quarter output in the second quarter and headed into the locker room trailing 43-14.
Marion started the third quarter with a 15-4 run and led 58-18 with over three minutes left. The third quarter ended with a Marion 62-23 score, triggering a fourth quarter running clock. A running clock goes into effect in the fourth quarter when one team leads the other by 30 points or more.
Marion finished the game shooting 52.9 percent from the three-point range for the ball game.
Hett, Zeiner and Heerey finished in double figure scoring. Zeiner had 17 points, seven boards and four assists. Heerey finished with 11 points. Other scorers for Marion were Whitney Gordon (9), Donna Cady (5), Bridget Lundy (3), Kristen Steinborn and Sarah Guetersloh (2).
Halstead was led by Kalee McGee with 10 points, three steals.
Marion improved to 5-1 in MCAA play and is 11-3 overall. Coming?Marion travels to Sterling Tuesday and Hesston Friday.