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Solon girls' basketball opens some eyes once again with win over Marion

Spartans handle short-handed Indians, 55-43

Solon's MaKinley Levin puts up a shot during a game at Clear Creek Amana earlier this season. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gaz
Solon's MaKinley Levin puts up a shot during a game at Clear Creek Amana earlier this season. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

SOLON — Sure, there have been some extenuating circumstances. But nonetheless, the Solon Spartans have completed quite the pre-Christmas combo.

Hilary Wilson scored all 10 of her points in a telling third quarter, and Solon dusted Marion, 55-43, in a Wamac Conference girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at Solon High School.

“It’s so exciting,” Wilson said. “We were so bummed we got canceled (Monday, against West Branch). We’ve been talking about this game forever.”

Freshman Callie Levin led all scorers with 20 points, and Solon (4-2, 4-1 Wamac) moved into first place in the East Division.

Marion and Center Point-Urbana have been the class of the Wamac in recent years. The Spartans have vanquished both of them this season.

Yes, CPU was down four key players Nov. 24. True, Marion was without all-stater Ella Van Weelden. But history won’t show an asterisk by either of those outcomes. Just a pair of double-digit Solon victories.

“It says a lot about our kids,” Solon Coach Jamie Smith said. “We try to control what we can control and that’s hard.

“When Marion walks into the gym, you’re going to have a turning stomach.”

The Indians (1-2, 1-2) suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since February 2014. They led 12-5 early, but Solon controlled the majority of the rest of the game.

“I thought we defended well after it got to 12-5,” Smith said. “If you don’t get ball pressure on them, they’re going to get stuff inside. We had Callie on (Sadie Struchen), but her release is so fast.”

Solon led 29-26 at halftime, then stretched in from there behind Wilson’s big third quarter, in which she hit all four of her shots and both of her free-throw attempts as the Spartans outscored Marion 20-5 for an 18-point advantage.

“I go in and do what I’m supposed to do,” Wilson said. “I’m supposed to be a defensive person. I get most of my points in transition.”

MaKinley Levin added 11 points and eight rebounds for the winners. Struchen made five 3-pointers to lead Marion with 17 points.


At Solon

MARION (43): Ava Attwood 2-3 2-5 6, Regan Rice 0-4 0-0 0, Grace Stephenson 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Prier 2-13 3-6 7, Ella Boeckenstedt 3-8 0-0 6, Sadie Struchen 5-12 2-2 17, Mila Van Weelden 3-3 1-2 7, Jenna Heinricy 0-1 0-0 0, Natalie McAllister 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Dunne 0-0 0-0 0, Stacey Sloan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-44 8-15 43.

SOLON (55): Kaia Holtkamp 2-5 2-2 7, MaKinley Levin 4-14 2-4 11, Callie Levin 8-17 4-4 20, Hilary Wilson 4-4 2-2 10, Elly Holubar 0-2 0-0 0, Ava Stebral 0-3 0-0 0, Claire LaDage 1-5 2-2 4, Jada Buffington 1-2 0-0 3, Alex Locke 0-0 0-0 0, Sophia Stahle 0-0 0-0 0, Hailey Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 12-14 55.

Halftime: Solon 29, Marion 26. 3-point goals: Marion 5-15 (Rice 0-3, Prier 0-2, Struchen 5-10), Solon 3-17 (Holtkamp 1-3, M. Levin 1-4, C. Levin 0-4, Stebral 0-3, LaDage 0-2, Buffington 1-1). Team fouls: Marion 10, Solon 17. Fouled out: none. Technical foul: Solon bench (administrative; six players on the floor). Rebounds: Marion 32 (Attwood 6), Solon 32 (M. Levin, LaDage 8). Assists: Marion 3 (Attwood 2), Solon 6 (Wilson, Stebral 2). Steals: Marion 7 (Struchen 2), Solon 13 (four with 2). Turnovers: Marion 24, Solon 19.

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