MARION — Basketball coaches everywhere agree on this — to be successful you must make free throws.
That very thing was a principal undoing of the Marion girls team Wednesday night in a 64-50 loss to Solon in a Class 4A regional game at the Indians gym.
Marion made just 5 of 16 attempts from the foul line and ended its season with a 13-9 record.
The Spartans made 16 of 22 free throw attempts.
With that many free throws, it can be surmised that it was physical game, and Marion coach Corby Laube felt that hurt his team.
“We had a hard time adjusting to the physicality of the game,” Laube said. “Then the free throws weren’t falling, and we were playing from behind. Add those together, and you see what happens.”
The game started close, with Solon up 16-15 after one quarter and 31-25 at halftime.
Solon senior guard Kristen Purdy led all scorers with 19 points, including four 3-pointers.
“This week we set up some plays for Kristen shooting the three. Then when she starts knocking them down like that, and it makes a coach look good,” Solon coach Tony Nicol said with a laugh.
Nicol was pleased with the way his team performed on the road.
“The girls have been fighting all year, and I am proud of their efforts,” he said. “I got more sleep this past week then I have all season. The girls had a great week of practice, and I thought going in that we were ready.”
The 11-11 Spartans play Saturday at Cedar Rapids Xavier.