A common problem faced by fans of both the boys and girls basketball teams is attending the games of both teams. On any given night, both the girls and boys play at the same time; one at the high school, and the other playing in the opponent’s gym. This makes it impossible for an avid fan to attend both games, and leaves them relying on social media or word of mouth in order to keep up with the other contest. One solution for this problem? A doubleheader.
Last night, the boys and girls basketball teams came together as they squared off against the Solon Spartans for one long night of basketball, and used the opportunity to sponsor a fundraiser dedicated to helping raise toys for less fortunate children. Juniors Kayba Laube and Will Henricksen, leading scorers for the girls and boys teams respectively, both enjoyed the experience. “It was fun to watch the girls play. We usually aren’t able to,” Henricksen said. The girls kicked things off, playing the first game of the night. “I felt like a lot of people that don’t usually get to watch us could. I wish we could do more doubleheaders,” Laube said.
Fans were asked to bring in unopened gifts and leave them at a donation table by the door. The Toys for Joy drive brought in water bottles, balls, dolls, and other gift items that will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. “It is always good to help a good cause. Being able to do things like [the toy drive]makes me proud to be at Marion,” Hendricksen said.
The girls, facing a 2-8 Solon team and coming off of a hard fought win against Maquoketa last Friday, came out hot. They scored early and often as they put themselves up by 16 before Solon scored its first basket. Laube finished the night with 22 points individually as the team put together a 66-23 win over the Spartans. “We always go in knowing that we will work as hard as we can. No matter who we play, we have to take things seriously and focus on the little things,” Laube said. The effort improved the girls undefeated record to 8-0.
The boys, however, faced more of a challenge. When asked about the team mentality going into the game, Hendricksen said “We were confident, but we knew people would be watching to see how we responded to our tough loss last week.” (The boys fell to Maquoketa 44-61 last Friday). Things looked to be going downhill as Solon scored again and again in the first quarter, peaking at an 11 point lead. Luckily, the Indians rallied, locked down defensively, and began to chip away at the deficit. Henricksen led the team out of the locker room and put together an impressive second half as he calmly exploited the chinks in the Spartans’ defense. When the dust cleared, the Indians had defeated the Spartans 73-67. Hendricksen finished with 25 points as the Indians improved to 6-1 on the season.