The Marion Giants have won the third-most sectional championships in Indiana’s illustrious basketball history. Sixty-eight to be precise – three behind Vincennes Lincoln (71) and six behind NCC rival Kokomo (74).
On Friday night in the sectional 23 semifinal at Bellmont High School, Marion moved one step closer to No. 69.
After a sluggish opening quarter, the Giants came alive in the second frame. They executed well on both ends of the floor and took control of the contest, ultimately defeating the Norwell Knights by a score of 55-30.
Both offenses struggled in the first quarter, combining for just 13 points and six field goals, but Marion took the contest over in the second, shooting 8-for-12 from the field while holding the Knights to just 2-for-14. Along with that, the Giants forced 12 turnovers, building a 30-9 advantage at halftime.
The Giants did not let up in the second half, increasing their advantage to 44-17 after the third quarter before cruising to the 25-point victory.
JK Thomas led the Giants with 16 points, while Quran Howard scored 14 and Jalen Blackmon collected 11.