Prep Basketball

Marion edges Prairie at Rivalary Saturday for 28th straight win

Riley Wright hits 2 free throws with 0:00.1 left for 56-54 victory

CEDAR RAPIDS — Block or charge?

“It was definitely a block,” Riley Wright said. “Well, it might be debatable. It just depends on your perspective.”

Wright’s mad dash to the hoop in the dying seconds of regulation ended in a block call. It was a 50/50 whistle that went Marion’s way.

Good call? Bad call? Like Wright said, it depends on your perspective.

Wright cashed in 2 of 4 free throws with 0:00.1 showing on the clock, and Class 4A top-ranked Marion edged 5A No. 7 Cedar Rapids Prairie in a Rivalry Saturday girls’ basketball thriller, 56-54, Saturday night at Kohawk Arena.

The defending 4A state champion, Marion (2-0) won its 28th consecutive game.

Trailing all game, Prairie (1-1) drew even when Sidney McCrea took a feed from Sarah Schmitt and converted with nine seconds left. The Indians inbounded to Wright who sped upcourt and drew contact from Quinn Deahl in the lane.

Block was the call, and Prairie Coach Josh Bentley was livid, drawing a technical foul.

Wright made the second and fourth free throws, then the Indians inbounded and closed it out.

“We knew they were capable of coming back on us,” Marion Coach Corby Laube said. “We figured we’d be OK if we took care of the ball, rebounded and made free throws.

“But we didn’t finish with the free throws.”

And that enabled Prairie to erase a 10-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes.

“I don’t know if we played well all the time, but we played hard,” said Bentley, who had cooled down somewhat in the locker room afterward. “All night, the kids competed. Sid McCrea put us on her back.”

McCrea led all scorers with 23 points.

Marion was more balanced. Kayba Laube paced the Indians with 15 points. Leah Van Weelden added 12, Wright and Ella Van Weelden 11 apiece.

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The Indians stormed to a 12-2 lead, then scored the first nine points of the second quarter for a 21-9 advantage, their largest of the night. They stayed in command until Prairie rallied at the very end.

Marion was 8 of 19 from the free-throw line, Prairie was 7 of 15. 

MARION 56, CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE 54

At Kohawk Arena

C.R. PRAIRIE (54): Sarah Schmitt 3-11 1-4 7, Sidney McCrea 8-13 4-7 23, Mallory McDermott 2-8 1-2 6, Rachael Kilpatrick 3-7 1-2 9, Quinn Deahl 2-7 0-0 4, Makenna Moenk 1-4 0-0 3, Jenna Leggat 0-0 0-0 0, Hailey Cooper 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-51 7-15 54.

MARION (56): Leah Van Weelden 5-9 0-2 12, Randi Wright 2-5 2-3 7, Riley Wright 4-5 3-8 11, Kayba Laube 5-9 2-4 15, Ella Van Weelden 4-9 1-1 11, Bri Fentress 0-0 0-0 0, Sadie Struchen 0-1 0-0 0, Sophie Willette 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 20-40 8-19 56.

Halftime: Marion 24, Prairie 18. 3-point goals: Prairie 7-16 (Schmitt 0-2, McCrea 3-4, McDermott 1-3, Kilpatrick 2-5, Moenk 1-2), Marion 8-18 (L. Van Weelden 2-5, Ra. Wright 1-2, Laube 3-5, E. Van Weelden 2-5, Willette 0-1). Team fouls: Prairie 17, Marion 16. Fouled out: none. Technical foul: Prairie bench. Rebounds: Prairie 26 (Deahl 6), Marion 30 (Ra. Wright 11). Assists: Prairie 11 (Schmitt 6), Marion 10 (Willette 3). Steals: Prairie 4 (Schmitt 3), Marion 0. Turnovers: Prairie 4, Marion 9.

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