Lady Warriors fall in double OT

Staff writer

A slow start turned to a longer ending for the Marion girls Tuesday night against Berean Academy.

The Lady Warriors trailed 17-12 at halftime, but raised the defensive pressure in the second half to keep the score within one possession.

Marion scored seven unanswered points to begin the third quarter, started on a 3-pointer from Kirsten Hansen.

With 2 minutes and 30 seconds left in the quarter, Berean’s Carrie Unruh tied the game at 19, starting a 6-0 run that gave Berean a 23-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter would go much like the third ended, Berean taking a small lead and Marion answering with points of its own.

Up 27-25 with less than a minute in the game, Berean missed two free throws, giving Marion a chance at the final shot.

Marion missed its initial attempt, but a tie ball kept the ball in Marion’s possession. After a timeout, Kaelyn Thierolf missed a shot, but Katey Ehrlich caught the rebound and laid the ball into the basket as time expired.

The first overtime period was a defensive struggle. Megan Richmond made a layup to begin the period, but Marion was unable to score again while two late Berean free throws kept the game tied.

Berean was the first to score in the second overtime period, but a three from Kelli Hess gave Marion the lead again.

Berean re-took the lead with two free throws, but Hansen answered with a jump shot with 47 seconds left. Marion led 34-33.

Two more Berean free throws closed out the game though, and Marion lost 35-34.

“None of these older girls have been in this spot of trying to win a close game,” coach Kelly Robson said afterward. “That just takes some practice, so here they got some practice trying to win a close game. Didn’t go our way.”

Pressure keys late victory

The Lady Warriors used defensive pressure to pull out a late victory Friday in Bennington, pressing the Bulldogs full court for most of the game.

The score remained close throughout. Neither team led by more than four at any point.

Trailing 27-23 in the fourth quarter, Bennington outscored the Warriors 7-2 over five minutes to take a 30-29 lead with 1 minute 30 seconds left in the game.

A Marion turnover gave the Bulldogs the ball back with under a minute to go, but Kirsten Hansen stole it back from a Bennington player.

Hansen threw the ball up the court to Megan Richmond, who was open for a layup that put Marion ahead for good.

Shortly after, another Hansen steal ended with another layup from Kaelyn Thierolf, pushing the final score to 33-30.

“I feel like we’re coming along, especially after Hillsboro and Moundridge,” Richmond said. “It’s a good way to start back up.”

Statistics

Katey Ehrlich, 9 points, 1 assist, 1 steal; K. Hansen, 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals; Marshelle Mermis, 1 assist; Bailey Rob son, 1 rebound; Julia Hall, 1 point, 5 rebounds; Kelli Hess, 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; M. Richmond, 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; K. Thierolf, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists.

 

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