Warriors to feature new faces, same determination

These seniors and returning letter-winners will anchor the Marion girls. basketball team this season They are, from left, Michaela Regnier, Maria Stuchlik, Destiny Boudreaux, and Corrina Crabb. Not pictured: Sam Kelsey.
These seniors and returning letter-winners will anchor the Marion girls. basketball team this season They are, from left, Michaela Regnier, Maria Stuchlik, Destiny Boudreaux, and Corrina Crabb. Not pictured: Sam Kelsey.
Having lost six seniors to graduation a year ago, the Marion girls basketball team will see some new faces on the court this season under the direction of seventh-year coach Kelly Robson.

The Warriors secured a share of the Heart of America League title with an 8-1 record in the league last year, en route to a 17-5 overall record after a sub-state semifinal loss to Inman.

Marion will need to replace first-team, All-HOA selection Kourtney Hansen and second-team pick Alli Molleker, among others, this season.

Senior Corrina Crabb returns to lead the team. She recorded averages of 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game last season.

Additional players to watch include senior Sam Kelsey, junior Chloe Burkholder, sophomore Megan Neufeld and freshman Jayden May.

Look for Marion to run a motion offense and utilize a man-to-man defense with some zone this season. The team’s goals are to learn, improve, grow as players and as people, have fun and compete hard, Robson said.

Replacing the minutes lost to graduation will be the Warriors’ biggest challenge, he said.

“Corrina Crabb is the only returning player with any real varsity experience,” he said. “We have much to learn, so we will look to improve each day in practice and each night we get to take the court. The HOA is often a good girls basketball league, so each night will be a challenge. I’m looking forward to watching each player learn and grow. They will work hard.”

Marion will open the season at Southeast of Saline on Friday, Nov. 30.