MHS girls will work to fill void created by graduation

This season, Randy Savage will face a challenge he hasn?t had as Marion girls? basketball coach. The challenge of playing a season without Julia Zeiner, Lindsay Hett, Kayley Heerey, Bridget Lundy and Kristen Steinborn.

Taking the helm before their sophomore season, Savage and those five girls embarked on a three-year journey that ended 10 points shy of the Class 3A state title in Hutchinson last March.

Those longtime teammates had surpassed the goal they set in junior high of reaching the state playoffs. Being the state runner-up is the best finish ever for a Marion basketball team.

MHS finished 2009-10 19-6 overall and 7-4 in the Mid-Central Activities Association, which was good for fifth place.

With those girls moving on, Savage will need to find a new core group for the 2010-11 season.

The top returner is 6-feet, 2-inch junior Whitney Gordon. As a sophomore, Gordon received honorable mention all-MCAA.

Also returning with varsity experience are seniors Donna Cady (5-7), Sarah Guetersloh (5-7) and Emily Hett (5-7). Sopho?more Erin Meierhoff (5-5) picked up game experience as a freshman.

The Warriors also will be competing this year in the Heart of America League, which includes traditional powerhouses Berean Academy, Remington and Moundridge.

Marion tips off its season Friday at Hutchinson Trinity.