MARION -- It's not often you walk into a basketball gym at halftime and see a zero on one side of the scoreboard.
But the Marion Junior High School boys basketball team held Herrin scoreless in the first half and rolled to a 48-5 victory on Thursday night.
MJHS is now 16-1 overall and 8-0 in the Big Seven Conference.
Marion led 7-0 after one quarter and the lead was 19-0 at halftime after Tariq Sanders provided the final points with a nifty floater after Trevor Jackson and Venson Newsom both hit 3-pointers.
Herrin scored its first points 20 seconds into the second half on a leaning banker by Dillon Hall and its only other field goal came moments later on a shot by Camron Evrard.
Otherwise, the Tigers' only other point came on a free throw by Chase Sanders in the fourth quarter.
Marion went into the final period leading 33-4 after back-to-back layups by DeMareon Cooper and Chase Austin had four layups in the final seven minutes.
Rayzhaun Bardo, who had five of Marion's seven points in the first quarter, led all scorers with nine points. Austin's late flurry put him next with eight.
Newsom finished with seven, while Jackson had five and four players -- Cooper, Tyler Cima, Devyn Wright and Deavon Margrum -- all had four each. Sanders had two and Quincy Kincaid added a free throw.
Bryson Wilson did not score but provided one of the highlights of the game with a behind-the-back pass to Austin for his final layup of the game.
Marion's seventh-grade team also won, 25-20, and is now 15-2 overall and 8-0 in the Big Seven. Benja Stone scored 12 points to lead the Wildcats, who outscored Herrin 9-2 in the fourth quarter.
MJHS plays at home again Tuesday against Carterville.