Marion earns city bragging rights with 61-16 win over Linn-Mar at Rivalry Saturday

No. 1 Indians hold Linn-Mar to 3 field goals

CEDAR RAPIDS — The pendulum has swung. Massively.

When it comes to girls’ basketball in the city of Marion, South Side rules.

Class 4A top-ranked Marion held Linn-Mar to three field goals and hammered the Lions, 61-16, at Rivalry Saturday at Kohawk Arena.

“We’ve got a team of players that are hungry for success, and it’s team success instead of individual success,” senior Mia Laube said.

The 4A state runner-up last year, Marion (1-0) earned its first win over Linn-Mar in five tries at Rivalry Saturday, and it was one-sided, the most lopsided game in the event’s 14-year history.

Marion held the Lions (0-2) to 11.5-percent shooting (3-of-29) and forced the Lions into 23 turnovers.

“When we play hard, it plays to our strengths,” Indians Coach Corby Laube said. “The challenge is going to be to find minutes for everybody, but if everybody buys in, the potential is very high.”

Marion was going to be deep anyway, but the addition of the Van Weelden sisters (transfers from Benton Community) and freshman Riley Wright made the rich even richer.

Riley Wright nailed three 3-pointers and scored 11 points off the bench in her high-school debut.


It was 4-4 before Wright popped in a couple of treys in an 8-0 run to conclude the first quarter, and Marion pulled away from there.

Nine Indians scored, led by Mia Laube with 15 points. Chloe Rice was 3-for-3 from the field, 4-for-4 from the line and added 10 points.

Meanwhile, this isn’t the team that Nate Sanderson inherited when he left Springville and took the Linn-Mar job.

Kamryn Finley transferred to Cedar Falls, Megan Renner left the program to concentrate on volleyball and Carly Spies departed because of an ongoing foot injury.

That gutted the Lions. But either way, Marion’s the better team now.

“They’re so athletic; their kids are so skilled,” Sanderson said of the Indians. “Their defense was outstanding. They got us out of kilter.

“It’s going to be a process. We have one of the toughest schedules in the state, and we probably have the youngest team in the Mississippi Valley Conference.”

Ally Johnson scored eight points for Linn-Mar.


At Kohawk Arena

MARION (61): Chloe Rice 3-3 4-4 10, Caitlyn Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Randi Wright 1-2 4-4 6, Mia Laube 6-9 0-0 15, Kayba Laube 1-4 6-6 9, Leah Van Weelden 1-4 2-2 5, Kenzie Redmond 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Knapp 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Nielsen 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Wright 4-6 0-0 11, Sophie Willette 0-2 0-0 0, Elle Herold 0-2 0-0 0, Ella Van Weelden 0-0 1-2 1, Delaney Rice 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Draves 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-38 17-18 61.

LINN-MAR (16): Keegan Krejca 0-2 2-2 2, Macey Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Carly Printy 0-5 0-2 0, Ally Johnson 2-9 3-4 8, Megan Murphy 0-0 3-4 3, Olivia Hoskins 0-0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Brunson 0-4 0-0 0, Jamison Feldman 1-2 0-0 2, Anna Huggins 0-0 0-0 0, Skyler Presler 0-1 0-0 0, Samantha White 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 3-26 9-14 16.


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Halftime: Marion 28, Linn-Mar 10. 3-point goals: Marion 8-22 (Smith 0-3, Randy Wright 0-1, M.Laube 3-4, K.Laube 1-4, L.Van Weelden 1-4, Knapp 0-1, Riley Wright 3-4, Herold 0-1), Linn-Mar 1-9 (Printy 0-2, Johnson 1-5, Brunson 0-1, Presler 0-1). Team fouls: Marion 14, Linn-Mar 11. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Marion 26 (M.Laube, L.Van Weelden 4), Linn-Mar 18 (Murphy 5). Assists: Marion 12 (Willette 3), Linn-Mar 0. Steals: Marion 12 (M.Laube 3), Linn-Mar 8 (Feldman 3). Turnovers: Marion 12, Linn-Mar 23.

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