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Top ranked Marion Girls back in 4A State Title Game

DES MOINES(KWWL)–Marion is tough to beat just about any time. When the Indians are making their 3-
pointers, it’s almost impossible.
Three players scored in double figures and defending champion Marion knocked down
13 of 26 3-point shots in rolling past Mason City 75-54 to reach the Class 4A title game
for the third straight year. The Indians will face North Scott in a rematch of the 2017 4A
state title game, which North Scott won in overtime.
Ahead 32-23 at halftime, Marion hit five of its first seven attempts from long range in
the third quarter in stretching its lead to 55-38 and it was never closer than 15 after that.
Marion did the same thing against Cedar Rapids Xavier in the quarterfinals, going 12-
for-24 from 3-pointer range in a 70-35 win. The Indians now have won 73 of their last 76
games and will take a 23-1 record into the championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday.
One of those recent losses was to North Scott in the 2017 state championship game.
The Indians beat Grinnell in last year’s title game to finish 26-0.
Kayba Laube led the way against Mason City with 20 points, Ella Van Weelden had
16 points and 15 rebounds and Riley Wright scored 14. Leah Van Weelden and Sadie
Struchen each scored nine for the Indians.
Ella Van Weelden finished 5-for-10 from 3-point range and five other Marion players
made at least one 3.
University of Iowa recruit Megan Meyer hit six 3-pointers in leading Mason City with
23 points. Anna Lensing and Anna Deets each scored 11 for the Mohawks, who could
not stretch their defense enough to cover all Marion shooters — a problem that faces
every team the Indians play.
Mason City, the 2016 state champion, finishes 16-9. Until this one, all of the Mohawks’
losses had been to 5A schools

Rick Coleman

Sports Director

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