CARBONDALE -- Jordan Turner scored the first and last points and the Marion High School girls basketball team led from start to finish in a 52-38 victory over rival Carbondale to finish the regular season Thursday night.
Marion improved to 12-17 overall and finished 3-7 in the South Seven Conference with the win that spoiled Carbondale's Senior Night and Pink Out festivities.
Turner took in layups from halfcourt set plays on consecutive possessions and McKenzie Orange scored with a foul attached to give Marion a quick 6-0 lead. The margin was 10-3 after another bucket from Orange and a layup from Maegan Dillon off the bench.
Orange and Turner scored again to make it 14-3 and a basket from Jackie Drury gave Marion a 16-5 lead going into the second quarter, then seniors Orange and Quinisha Emanuel both scored to push the lead to 20-7 with 6:40 still left in the first half.
Carbondale got within eight points at 23-15, but Marion finished the half with six straight including a basket from Turner and free throws by Daishen Wolaver and Margaux Bruce.
The Lady Wildcats had a 17-point lead early in the third after free throws from Orange and Bruce, only to see Carbondale climb as close as eight again at 36-28 on a 3-pointer by Faith Halliday at the 1:52 mark.
After a timeout, Marion pushed the lead back out quickly starting with a putback from Orange, then a 3-pointer by Wolaver. Another basket from Orange gave Marion a 43-30 lead going into the fourth.
Turner converted a three-point play and later added another layup to make it 50-33 and push the lead back to 17 points. The junior guard also sank two free throws for the game's final points with 51 seconds left.
Turner finished with 16 points, while Orange had 15. Bruce brought major energy off the bench and tallied 10 points and five rebounds, with points also coming from Dillon, Emanuel, Drury and Wolaver.
Akira Custer led Carbondale with 15 points and Halliday had 12.
Marion opens the postseason Monday night against Mt. Vernon -- their fourth meeting this season -- at the Benton 3A Regional with tipoff at 6 p.m. and the winner advancing to Tuesday's first semifinal game against Benton.
Herrin plays Salem in Monday's second game for the chance to face Olney Richland County in Tuesday's second semifinal. The championship is Thursday at 7 p.m.