Tuesday, March 03, 2015
UPDATE: According to Brett Nanninga with the IHSAA, Tuesday's 4A substate games (Wash/I.C. West and Kennedy-Linn-Mar) are still scheduled to be played despite schools in all three districts being closed. Could change depending on weather conditions ... MONDAY'S SCOREBOARD - BOYS BASKETBALL - CLASS 3A REGIONAL FINAL: Xavier 80, Mount Vernon 64 ... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - MCC Tournament Final: Clarke 56, Mount Mercy 52 ...
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Marion High School - Marion, Iowa

6 Marion girls honored by Wamac

Six members of the Marion High School girls basketball team have been honored by the Wamac Conference.

Chloe Rice and Amanda Sahm were first-team selections on the West Division honor squad. Mia Laube and Michalyn Mohr were named to the second team. Jozee Peyton and Caitlyn Smith received honorable mention.

Marion finished 17-6 this season and reached the regional finals of the Class 4A postseason tournament. The Indians were ranked 13th in the final poll.


Waverly too strong for Marion girls

VINTON - The Marion girls’ Cinderella season ended early Tuesday night in the regional finals when a wicked first quarter against rugged Waverly–Shell Rock put them too far back to catch up.

Though the Indians scored the first basket of the game after a steal by Amanda Sahm and a sweet fast-break feed to fellow senior Michalyn Mohr, the Go-Hawks dominated from then on and won easily 46-32.

They led 15-3 after the first period. And while Marion cut the margin to seven at half, another drought in the third quarter pushed the deficit back to 13.

It was mostly fouls and free throws for the victors from that point on for the undefeated fifth-ranked team in Class 4A.



Marion falls short against Solon

Craig Engle sat on a stool after Marion's Class 3A district game against Solon Monday night and slowly unwrapped the brace on his tender left ankle, anice bag waiting on a table nearby.

The Marion High School star insisted the ankle did not slow him down in the 42-32 loss to the Spartans, but Coach Mike Manderscheid was not entirely sure about that.

"Maybe not quite as explosive, but he hadn't played in two weeks, so that doesn't help," said Manderscheid.

Engle, who averages more than 16 points, was held to only 10 points in the final game of his prep career. He hurt his ankle against Center Point-Urbana and skipped two games before returning against Solon in the postseason tournament.

"It felt great until maybe two minutes left in the game," he said. "I tweaked it or something, but it was fine most of the time.

"I was pretty close to 100 percent. There was a little swelling."

Engle had three fouls and yielded to a substitute for short stretches on defense in the fourth quarter, both to protect him and perhaps not put extra strain on the ankle. He acknowledged that he dragged his left leg at times late in the game.

"It definitely slowed me down a little, but I definitely wasn't thinking about it most of the game," he said. "So that's good."

Engle popped in a 3-pointer to pull the Indians (14-8) within 35-32 with 2:36 left in the game, but those were the last points Marion scored in the ballgame and the last points Engle scored in his career. The Indians misfired the rest of the game and committed a few turnovers to compound their problems.

It was a tough shooting night for the entire team.

"We couldn't hit shots," said Manderscheid. "I don't know what we shot, but we shot poorly. I thought we got pretty good looks, all night long."

Engle was the only player in double figures for Marion.

Emilio Villagrana and Streeter McIlravy netted 11 points apiece for Solon and Jake Coons had 10. The Spartans (10-12) will meet Xavier (14-8) in the district finals Thursday night at Kennedy.

Marion wasn't the only team with offensive woes Monday. Solon averages 63.6 points and was held more than 21 points under its norm.

"I thought we played really good defense," said Engle. "We just couldn't hit any shots down the stretch. It's tough."

Engle hopes to play college basketball and mentioned Coe and Cornell as two possibilities. He talked to an assistant coach from Loras after Monday's game, but his thoughts were on the final game of his prep career.

"I'm sad. I'm going to be sad for a week, a month," he said. "Watching Solon move on is going to be tough, knowing that could have been us."

Manderscheid is proud of his club's effort this season.

"The kids played hard," he said. "They tried to defend night-in and night-out."

SOLON (42): Villagrana 4 0-0 11, Rushek 0 0-0 0, Childs 0 0-0 0, McIlravy 3 5-6 11, Black 2 1-1 5, Coons 3 3-4 10, Durr 1 1-2 3, Ira 0 0-0 0, Runyan 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 10-14 42.

MARION (32): Fish 3 0-2 6, Engle 3 3-3 10, Manderscheid 2 2-2 7, Alberts 1 0-0 2, Devin Quinn 0 0-2 0, Smith 1 0-0 2, DeShaun Quinn 0 0-0 0, Williams 1 2-2 5. Totals 11 7-11 32.

Halftime: Solon 15, Marion 14. 3-point goals - Solon 4 (Villagrana 3, Coons 1), Marion 3 (Engle 1, Manderscheid 1, Williams 1).

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 22:42

Mia Laube wins Metro Spotlight Award

Mia Laube of Marion is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Laube is a member of a strong freshman class that has helped Marion High School reach the finals of the Class 4A regional basketball tournament. The 13th-ranked Indians (17-5) will face fifth-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock (22-0) in the regional finals Tuesday night at Vinton, with the winner advancing to the state tournament in Des Moines.

Laube matched her career-high with 21 points Saturday night when Marion defeated West Delaware, 63-48, in the regional semifinals. She also had 21 points earlier this season against Benton Community.



No.13 Indians roar by West Delaware

The 13th-ranked Marion girls basketball team poured in eleven 3-pointers Saturday night and defeated West Delaware, 63-48, in the Class 4A regional semifinals at the Marion High School gym.

The Indians (17-5) will face fifth-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock in the regional finals Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Vinton for a spot in the state tournament.

Mia Laube hit three 3-pointers and led Marion with 21 points. Chloe Rice hit two triples and scored 16 points. Kaitlyn Smith popped in five 3-pointers and contributed 15 points. Laube, Rice and Smith are all freshmen.


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