Arabians win Marion Tournament

Last weekend the Arabians competed in the Marion Tournament and after four games against tough opponents, the Arabians came home with the championship trophy. Led by Coach Jim Sessions, the Arabians beat Smithville, Boerne, Hallettsville, and Marion for this huge tournament win. Senior Preslee Quisenberry was named Tournament MVP in the Marion tournament while Senior Sierra Pompa and Freshman Macey Hein were named to the All-Tournament team
Starting off Thursday against Smithville in their first game, the Arabians knew they had to come out strong against the big school. The Lady Tigers were an aggressive opponent who fouled enough for the Arabians to shoot 33 free throws; they made 58% of them. Scores by quarter: Q1 24-12, Q2 36-19, Q3 50-28, Q4 61-36.
Macey Hein and Preslee Quisenberry each scored 15 points, Sierra Pompa 8, Alissa Stehle 7, Clarissa Zamora 6, Megan Runyan and Ally Taylor each with 5, Maddie Mata 4, and Gabby Rodrigues. Stehle made 3/3 free throws and Quisenberry sank 2 three pointers.
Boerne was an aggressive physical team but the Arabians came out on top after trailing at the half. The Greyhounds were quick and moved the ball around but could not stop three Arabians from scoring in the double digits. Scores by quarter: Q1 10-4, Q2 18-21, Q3 36-30, Q4 56-46. Winning back-to-back games is a great way to start a tournament.
Pompa with 13 points, Hein and Quisenberry with 12 each, and Stehle 1 and 70% of free throws, Runyan 7 and 75% of free throws, Zamora 4, Taylor 5, and Mata 2 points. Overall the Arabians made 58% of their free throws.
The Arabians made quick work of the scrappy Lady Brahmas from Hallettsville. Scores by quarter: Q1 18-9, Q2 30-20, Q3 41-35, Q4 60-46. This win put them in position to face the host team of Marion in the championship game.
Quisenberry had an impressive game making 24 points. Hein made 13 points, Runyan 7, Stehle 6, Pompa and Mata with 4 each, and Taylor 2. The team made 61% of their free throws.
In the final game of the tournament against Marion, the Arabians put everything they had into winning it. Coming out in the first quarter 15-6, they built up a lead that Marion could not break. Coach Session and his team were able to hold Marion to just a couple of points a quarter and at the same time run their offense to score points. Scored by quarter: Q1 15-6, Q2 31-12, Q3 44-20, Q4 56-22.
Quisenberry led with 17 points, Pompa 13 Hein and Taylor with 5 each, and Stehle, Runyan, Zamora, and Mata with 4 each. They shot 50% of free throws as a team.
“We had a great weekend at the Marion Tournament. We saw some quality competition and we played well against it. During the tournament, we really played well. We saw multiple defenses and styles of play. We did a good job of adjusting to what teams threw at us. We had to fight through some fatigue, but we were able to push through it and get things done. It was a good, quality team effort all weekend that allowed us to win the Championship. In all, this was a great weekend for the girls. They were able to get good, quality wins in a tough tournament. I have been really pleased with the progress that this team is making. I think we have good things in store for us this season,” said Coach Sessions.
All Tournament: Sierra Pompa and Macey Hein
Tournament MVP: Preslee Quisenberry
This brings the Arabians record to 10-3 and they will host their home tournament this weekend.
By Dicy Chambers
Sports Writer