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Marion girls' basketball silences Mount Vernon

Indians hold Mustangs to 3 field goals, win 38th in a row, 57-16

Marion Indians
Marion Indians

MARION — They’re long. They’re agile. And that makes the Marion Indians a beast to score against.

The Class 4A top-ranked Indians held Mount Vernon to three field goals — yes, three — and won their 38th consecutive girls’ basketball game, 57-16, Friday night at Marion High School.

“The girls are able to challenge people on the perimeter,” Marion Coach Corby Laube said. “We have length and athleticism, and they’re able to switch, so that our guards can defend posts, and our posts can defend guards.”

It’s a nice luxury. The Indians (12-0 overall, 11-0 Wamac Conference) held Mount Vernon to those three precious field goals in 29 attempts, including 0-for-13 in the second half.

“In practice, we’re told to talk a lot on defense,” sophomore Riley Wright said.

Marion has held five opponents this season to 20 points or less, and its defensive average is 28.9 points per contest.

This wasn’t a slouch that the Indians silenced. Mount Vernon (7-6, 7-5) had won seven of its previous eight games.

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“Because they’re so long and athletic, they don’t always have to be fundamentally sound. They can get away with a lot of things,” Mount Vernon Coach Matt Haddy said. “But this will only make us better.”

The Indians held Mount Vernon without a field goal for the final 16 minutes, 45 seconds ... and to one basket in the final 24:38.

As per usual, Marion went with a six-player rotation most of the way. A 5-foot-10 point guard, Wright accumulated 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

“As a point guard, I have control of the offense, and I have to get everybody set up,” Wright said. “As far as rebounding, I know my teammates well, so I can usually tell if they are going to miss long or short.”

Kayba Laube, a junior and a UNI commit, added 12 points on 4-of-8 3-point shooting. Randi Wright chipped in 10 points, Leah Van Weelden nine.

Sammy Moss paced Mount Vernon with seven points and six rebounds.

MARION 57, MOUNT VERNON 16

At Marion

MOUNT VERNON (16): Ella Brase 0-1 0-0 0, Summer Brand 0-6 2-2 2, Annie Rhomberg 0-5 2-4 2, Sammy Moss 2-9 1-2 7, Mackenzie Ketchum 0-0 2-2 2, Valerie Welch 1-3 0-1 2, Lauren Ryan 0-2 0-0 0, Ella Wischmeyer 0-0 1-2 1, Maia Bentley 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Rhomberg 0-1 0-0 0, McKenzie Rentschler 0-1 0-0 0, Liz Dougherty 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 3-29 8-13 16.

MARION (57): Leah Van Weelden 3-6 1-2 9, Riley Wright 6-11 0-0 14, Sophie Willette 3-5 0-0 6, Kayba Laube 4-8 0-0 12, Ella Van Weelden 1-3 1-2 4, Randi Wright 4-7 0-0 10, Sadie Struchen 1-4 0-0 0, Jo Hartke 0-1 0-0 0, Peyton Steffen 0-0 0-0 0, Cloee Kraft 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Steffen 0-2 0-0 0, Bri Fentress 0-1 0-0 0, Molly Dunne 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Prier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 2-4 57.

Halftime: Marion 34, Mount Vernon 11. 3-point goals: Mount Vernon 2-11 (Brand 0-2, Moss 2-8, Ryan 0-1), Marion 11-30 (L. Van Weelden 2-5, Riley Wright 2-4, Willette 0-2, Laube 4-8, E. Van Weelden 1-3, Randi Wright 2-4, Struchen 0-1, M. Steffen 0-2, Fentress 0-1). Team fouls: Mount Vernon 9, Marion 13. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Mount Vernon 26 (Moss 6), Marion 33 (Riley Wright 9). Assists: Mount Vernon 0, Marion 14 (Riley Wright 7). Steals: Mount Vernon 3 (Moss 2), Marion 6 (Riley Wright 2). Turnovers: Mount Vernon 17, Marion 4.

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