Breaking News Bar

Marion tournament ends in strange fashion

  • Herrin's Kelby Weber and Marion's Jackie Drury go for a rebound Friday night.

    Herrin's Kelby Weber and Marion's Jackie Drury go for a rebound Friday night.
    All photos by Justin Walker

By Justin Walker
Posted on 11/17/2018, 1:57 AM

MARION -- Everybody won. Everybody lost.

The 2018 version of the Heartland Regional Lady Cat Tip-Off Classic was an odd one, for sure, and ended Friday in incomplete fashion without a champion.

After winter weather forced the cancellation of Wednesday's second game, between Hamilton County and Herrin, and Thursday's school closure forcing the cancellation of that night's session, scheduling conflicts meant Friday's games would provide the awkward end of the tournament.

And those results didn't help determine an unofficial champion. Vienna defeated Hamilton County, 52-41, meaning every team in the tournament finished with at least one win and one loss.

Vienna, which was the only team to play its full schedule, could make the only real argument with three wins, but it also lost to host Marion. Hamilton County and Herrin had the roughest weeks due to only being able to play twice.

The first game of Friday's session saw Herrin use a big fourth quarter to down Marion, 42-29.

Marion was ahead 28-26 early in the fourth quarter after two free throws from Jackie Drury and a layup by Margaux Bruce, but was outscored 16-1 the rest of the way.

Regan Deaton hit a 3-pointer to start Herrin's big run. Morgan McKinnies followed with a layup to give the Lady Tigers the lead, then McKinnies drilled an emphatic triple of her own with five minutes left.

Layla Wade kept it rolling with a 3-pointer from the top of the key and then, after two free throws from Deaton, Herrin suddenly had an 11-point lead with 3:41 remaining.

Deaton finished with a game-high 11 points and both McKinnies and Wade had eight. Meghyn Blankenship and Ashton Hawk both had seven.

Drury was Marion's leading scorer with six points. Bruce and McKenzie Orange both had four. Jordan Turner and Lauryn Kadela both had three and Quinisha Emanuel added two.

Marion opens South Seven Conference play Tuesday night at Centralia.