District champs! Marion girls rout Mustangs, secure 27-3A title
(Marion) - Marion clinched the District 27-3A girls basketball championship Friday night with an 80-38 home thumping of Nixon-Smiley and a 42-40 Yoakum win over second-place Schulenburg. .
The combination of Marion's win and Schulenburg's loss gives the Bulldogs a two-game over the Shorthorns with only one game left on the schedule. Coach Kollyn McWhinney's Marion bunch is 12-1 in district play, 23-10 overall. Schulenburg dropped to 10-3 in district, so Tuesday's regular season finale between the teams will have no bearing on playoff seeding for Marion.
Brianna Randle erupted for 28 points to lead the Bulldogs offensively against Nixon-Smiley, and Madelyn Abrameit continued her stellar play this season with 23. Randle also contributed seven rebounds, while Abrameit finished with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Lizzie Abrameit added eight points. Sierra Knight contributed seven points, four assists, and four steals. Samantha Hopper finished with six points, while Madison Batey, Shelby Osborne, Becca Svochak, and Lily Bek netted two apiece. Osborne and Svochak shared team-high rebounding honors with eight boards apiece.
Marion led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter, 41-13 by halftime, and 68-29 heading into the fourth period.
The Bulldogs conclude the regular season Tuesday with a 6:15 district road game in Schulenburg.
The streak rolls on! Marion boys win 13th straight, stay unbeaten in district
(Marion) - The Marion boys basketball team pushed its winning streak to 13 games and its District 27-3A record to 11-0 Friday night by pulling away in the second half for a 67-38 home win over Nixon-Smiley.
The game was tied at the end of the first quarter, and Marion's lead was only six points, 26-20, at halftime. The Bulldogs caught fire in the third period, outscoring the Mustangs 21-12 to take a 47-32 cushion into the fourth quarter. Coach Jon Allen's bunch used a 20-6 run in the final frame to run away with a 29-point win.
Marion point guard Creet Rabenaldt led all scorers with 24 points and went 5-of-11 from three-point range.
Jacob Wallace notched a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Jackson Allen barely missed one with nine points and 10 rebounds. Wallace went 7-of-10 on field goal attempts and dished out a team-high three assists.
Zach Goodwin reached double figures with 10 points, Jacob Berry finished with three, and Brevin Wilson rounded out the scoring with two. Wilson also contributed eight rebounds and a team-high five steals.
With the 11-0 district mark, Marion owns a one-game lead over second-place Randolph (10-1 district) in the 27-3A standings with three games left on the schedule. The Bulldogs' overall record stands at 23-6.
Marion visits Schulenburg on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. before facing Randolph on Friday in Universal City.