MARION -- The Marion High School girls basketball team snapped its three-game losing skid with a gritty 41-38 win over Centralia on Monday night at Cuss Wilson Gymnasium.
Marion is now 13-12 overall and 2-7 in the South Seven. The win avenged an earlier loss to the Annies in Centralia.
The Lady Wildcats led 13-10 after the first quarter but the lead changed sides four times in the second period and everything was knotted at 23 going into halftime.
Marion scored the first six points of the third quarter with McKenzie Orange, Abby Bayer and Lauryn Kadela all producing points, but the Annies tied it back up with 3-pointers from Natalie Edson and Reece Knolhoff.
Marion went on an 8-0 run after that with baskets by Daishen Wolaver, Jackie Drury and Jasa Bell in addition to two free throws from Bayer and, although it got tight down the stretch, the Lady Wildcats didn't trail again.
Centralia got within a point at 38-37 on a basket from Allie Fults before an offensive putback by Drury, who later added a big block on the defensive end.
Orange also had a key swat that led to a free throw by Jordan Turner with 23.3 seconds left that turned out to be the game's final point.
Marion had several fouls to give and used them to melt down the clock. Centralia's Amiyah Smith took a shot at the buzzer that would've tied the game but was off the mark.
Bayer finished with 10 points to lead the Lady Wildcats, while Bell and Drury both had eight points and both Kadela and Orange had six.
Knolhoff led Centralia with 10 points. Fults had nine and Edson had eight. Smith and Jazmyne Myers both added five.
Marion is back in action Tuesday night at home against Herrin. Due to the threat of weather, the start time for JV has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. with varsity around 7 p.m.