MARION — Winning is great and being successful as a team and an individual brings hefty benefits.
But the payback from the things learned while on the team are even greater.
That’s a philosophy the Marion girls’ basketball team live.
The Indians are well-known for the hard work they put in every second of every game and practice. That work has paid off with amazing results.
Marion is top-ranked in Class 3A and 8-0 going into Thursday’s game at Independence.
Freshman Riley Wright has been playing basketball for nine years and loves the atmosphere of the game and the friendships she has developed being part of the varsity team.
“I love how we’re not just teammates, we’re friends,” she said. “We push each other at practice and after practice we are still close.”
Sophomore Cloee Kraft has been playing for five years. She said being part of Marion’s team pushes each girl to be the best.
“There’s a pressure to always win,” Kraft said.
For the team to have success, every player must always put in as much effort as they can — consistently and constantly. Each players works to develop skills they once lacked.
“My defense has gotten better. It’s hard to see where everybody’s at sometimes,” Wright said.
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Wright’s efforts to work on the things she struggles with helps her grow, making her an important part of the puzzle. Kraft tries her best to always stay in tune with the team.
“I’m pretty energetic during games. I’m intense, which can be intimidating,” Kraft said.
The individual strengths of every teammate all fit together to make a team that’s almost impossible to beat. An unbreakable bond has been shared between this team and the life lessons learned make for great victories.
“We should be a great player, but we should also be an even better person in general,” Wright said.
The hard work the Indians endure only makes them better.
“It’s taught me to be mentally and physically tough,” Wright said.
The motivation every single player receives helps make them a better teammate, and it also tends to make them an individual full of integrity.
“Things are gonna be difficult, but you just have to persevere through them,” Kraft said.
Being a good person isn’t hard and the teammates work to make sure they are the best versions of themselves in every aspect of life — including the game.
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