By Mark Schnabel

Newton Kansan

MARION — The Berean Academy girls’ basketball team got off to a big lead early, holding off rival Remington the rest of the way to claim a 37-24 win Saturday in the finals of the Marion Classic.

Berean, 4-0, hit 50 percent from the field (14 of 28) and had a 30-19 rebounding advantage. Remington, 2-2, hit 22 percent from the field (8 of 36). The Warriors didn’t take a 3-point shot the entire night, while Remington was one of 12.

“We just got out to a good start,” Berean coach Kristin Wiebe said. “I told the girls that Remington fell behind like that once and they came back. They came storming back. We were very cognizant of that and made sure we did not let down. They have the firepower to come back. We felt rebounding was the key. They are a very good rebounding team and that was our first key. That was very important. Shooting, who knows? We worked the ball well. We did a nice job of working the ball around. We’re either young or inexperienced. They are in the same boat. We’re trying to find ourselves and trying to make progress. Neither team is the same team that will be at the end.”

“We didn’t come to the game with good energy,” Remington coach Ben Wertenberger said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well, about a 22 percent clip. We got beat getting back, giving up a half-dozen layups. That will get you beat. They did a good job. They played well.”

Courtney Slabach led Berean with 19 points, hitting seven of eight from the field. Sage Westerfeld led Remington with seven points.

Berean jumped out 9-0 in the first 4:01 of the game. After a Bronco time out, the Warriors added three more points to the run, leading 12-0 at the end of the period. Remington missed all eight shots taken in the quarter, while Berean was five of nine.

Sage Westerfield broke the shutout with a layup 47 seconds into the second quarter, sparking a 7-2 run. A Carissa Slabach shot at the buzzer put Berean back up by seven at the half, 15-7.

Berean opened the second half with a 7-2 run. Remington got back within eight. Berean led by 11 at the end of the period, 30-19.

Berean edged Remington 7-5 in the fourth quarter, keeping the Broncos at arm’s length.

“This group is just very aggressive,” Kristen Wiebe said. “They enjoy playing basketball and they enjoy each other. There is just no need to motivate them. They are ready to go.”

Berean plays 2-2 Caldwell at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 2-2 Medicine Lodge at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at McPherson College in the HOAL-CPL Challenge. Caldwell finished 2-1 at the Caldwell Border Queen Tournament. Medicine Lodge finished 1-2 in a classic with Pratt Skyline, Cunningham and Pretty Prairie.

“This is a long stretch for us,” Kristen Wiebe said. “We play three games in a row, then we go out to Caldwell. They were young last year, so they will be more experienced. They are scrappy and quick. They will be a good team. We will have to be prepared.”

Remington plays 4-0 Garden Plain at 8:15 p.m. Friday at McPherson College in the HOAL-CPL Challenge. Garden Plain edged Hesston 36-35 Saturday to finish 3-0 at the Rose Hill Classic.

“They are good team,” Wertenberger said. “Our non-conference schedule is difficult, and that is on purpose. We chose that. We don’t have a ton of experience right now, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

BEREAN ACADEMY (4-0) — Bro.Wiebe 2-4 0-0 2, A.Wiebe 2-8 3-4 7, Driskill 0-1 0-0 0, Eldridge 0-0 1-2 1, Womack 1-2 0-0 2, Slabach 7-8 5-7 19, Mi.Wiebe 0-1 0-1 0, Ma.Wiebe 2-4 0-1 4, TOTALS 14-28 9-14 37.

REMINGTON (2-2) — Crisp 0-0 0-0 0, Entz 1-2 2-4 4, Thunberg 2-6 0-0 4, Schmidt 1-6 1-1 4, Regehr 0-1 0-0 0, Collister 0-0 0-0 0, Westerfield 2-7 3-6 7, Cook 1-7 0-0 2, Thiel 0-2 0-0 0, Ingalsbe 1-5 1-2 3, TOTALS 8-36 7-13 24.

Berean Ac.;12;3;15;7;—37

Remington;0;7;12;5;—24

Total fouls — BA. 11, Rem 15. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — Rem: Westerfield 3:02-4q. 3-point shooting — BA 0-0, Rem. 1-12 (Thunberg 0-2, Schmidt 1-5, Westerfield 0-2, Cook 0-2, Ingalsbe 0-1). Rebounds — BA 30 (Ma.Wiebe 8), Rem. 19 (Ingalsbe 5). Assists — BA 11 (A.Wiebe 3, Ma.Wiebe 3), Rem. 2 (Thunberg 1, Schmidt 1). Turnovers — BA 16 (Edlridge 5), Rem. 8 (Ingalsbe 3). Blocked shots — BA 0, Rem. 4 (Schmidt 2). Steals — BA 6 (A.Wiebe 2, Ma.Wiebe 2), Rem. 5 (Cook 2).