Girls Basketball

Freshman Riley Wright leads 4A No. 1 Marion girls' basketball to win over 5A No. 9 Indianola

Girls' basketball: Wright pours in a season-high 22 points for undefeated Marion (11-0)

MARION — The undefeated Marion girls’ basketball team touts a number of impressive scoring options.

If one player has an off night with her shot, there always seems to be another waiting to take control of a game.

Saturday against Class 5A No. 9 Indianola, freshman Riley Wright was that player.

Wright led all scorers with 22 points off the bench as Class 4A No. 1 Marion smothered Indianola, 52-36, at Marion High School.

“My teammates were hyping me up and I knew it was going to be a tough game,” Wright said. “So I wanted to give it my all.”

Wright scored nine points in the first half as Marion (11-0) clung to a 23-19 lead.

Sophomore Kayba Laube opened the second half with a 3-pointer, then another early in the fourth quarter that pushed the Marion lead to 38-28. Laube — a UNI commit — finished with 13 points, 11 in the second half.

“Well, they weren’t falling at first but I’ve just got to keep shooting,” Laube said. “I just kept my confidence up and think that you’re going to make the next shot.”

Indianola (8-3) got as close as five points at 38-33 midway through the fourth quarter, but Marion closed the game with a 14-3 surge, including five free throws from Wright.

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“We’re not surprised by it at all,” Marion Coach Corby Laube said. “She’s a really talented player and that has kind of been our team. Different people can step up at different times in different games. All the girls are ready when called upon.”

St. Louis University signee Chloe Rice scored seven points, and led Marion with eight rebounds and three assists.

“They’re really hungry,” Corby Laube said. “We knew coming out of break we’d have two tough teams to play. … They’re highly motivated to keep getting better and I don’t think they’ll have any letdown.”

University of Missouri signee Grace Berg led Indianola (8-3) with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Marion returns to Wamac play with a home game Tuesday against South Tama.

AT MARION

INDIANOLA (36): Grace Berg 5 7-10 17, Carrington Kuehl 0 0-0 0, Liza Lathrum 3 0-0 6, Maggie McGraw 3 4-4 11, Madie Sorensen 1 0-0 2, Kendall Clatt 0 0-0 0, Jadyn Forbes 0 0-0 0, Totals 12 11-14 36.

MARION (52): Chloe Rice 1 5-8 7, Caitlyn Smith 1 0-1 2, Randi Wright 0 0-0 0, Mia Laube 0 0-0 0, Kayba Laube 4 2-4 13, Leah Van Weelden 2 0-0 6, Riley Wright 8 5-6 22, Sophie Willette 0 0-2 0, Ella Van Weelden 0 2-2 2, Kenzie Redmond 0 0-0 0, Totals 16 14-23 52.

Indianola 5 14 8 9—36

Marion 9 14 10 19—52

Halftime — Marion, 23-19. Three-point goals — Indianola 1 (McGraw), Marion 6 (K. Laube 3, L. Van Weelden 2, Ri. Wright 1). Rebounds — Indianola 25 (Berg 8), Marion 30 (Rice 8). Assists — Indianola 4 (McGraw 3), Marion 8 (Rice 3). Total fouls — Indianola 18, Marion 12. Fouled out — Sorensen, Kuehl.

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