Marion boys battle poor shooting in losing three games

After Friday’s disappointing loss at Haven, Marion coach Rex Ostmeyer hoped his team would respond well in its matchup the following night against Hesston.

The Warrior did play well, but still fell short to the visiting Swathers, 65-60.

“We played a lot harder and played like we wanted to win,” Ostmeyer said. “We did a lot better job on the boards than we did the previous night at Haven.”

Battling the Swathers on even terms, Marion trailed by three after one quarter, 13-10, and were withing two at halftime, 25-23.

But the Swathers sharpen their shooting eyes in the third quarter. The result was a quick 12-point lead, forcing Marion to play catch-up ball.

“We only had 14 turnovers in the game, but they came at the worst times,” Ostmeyer said. “It seemed like every time we had a chance to tie the game, or if we got a defensive stop, we’d turn the ball back over to Hesston.”

Marion clawed its way back into contention at 43-36 after three quarters, but Hesston went on to win by five points.

Dale Vogel led the offense with 16 points, followed by Jason Hett with 13, Travis Hett 12 and Adam Heerey 12.

“Adam hit four 3-point baskets and that gave us a big lift,” Ostmeyer said. “We played better as a team and that’s why we had four players score in double figures.

“I thought we rebounded well from not playing well on Friday to play well on Saturday,” Ostmeyer said. “We played with heart and we gave ourselves a chance to win.”

The loss dropped the Warriors to 7-12 overall and 3-7 in MCAA play.

“If we could ever realize we’re good enough to beat these teams, it would be fun to see how we’d play,” Ostmeyer said. “So far, the only consistent thing about this team has been its inconsistency. It sure does get frustrating.”

Haven-Marion made the long trek west Friday night to face the Haven Wildcats, and limped home on the short end of a 68-48 score.

“The story of the game was quite simply that we got our butts kicked on the offensive boards,” coach Rex Ostmeyer said. “They made 12 3-point baskets. It’ll look like they just bombed away on us, but seven of 3-point baskets came on second chances.”

After jumping to a quick 4-0 lead, Haven extended the margin to 18-5.

Ostmeyer said a lack of rebounding hurt the Warriors.

“I don’t think they made their first shot on any of those possessions in that run,” he said.

The Warriors regrouped and cut the lead to just eight points by halftime.

“Haven only scored eight points in the second quarter and I thought they were looking kind of tired,” Ostmeyer said. “I wasn’t feeling that bad at the time.”

But the third quarter signaled an end to the Wildcat drought as it began raining 3-point baskets.

In all, Haven connected on seven field goals during the period, six from 3-point range. Haven went on for the 20 point win.

Dale Vogel led Marion with 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Warriors hit just 17 of 45 (38 percent) from the field while Haven made 25 of 63 (40 percent).

The Warriors struggled from long distance, hitting five of 22 (23 percent) and Haven was 12 of 38 (32 percent).

Haven won the rebounding battle, 36-27, including 17 on the offensive end. The loss dropped Marion to 7-11 overall and 3-6 in the league.

Halstead-The ice storm may have been weeks ago, but the Warrior suffered another power outage Tuesday night in their 50-24 loss to Halstead in Marion.

“Our offense was just off, but I’m not going to take anything away from Halstead because they are a very good team,” coach Rex Ostmeyer said. “But it was just one of those nights where we didn’t do much right, nothing went right and it was just pretty awful.”

Awful described the Warrior offense, as they made only three of 16 shots from the floor (19 percent). Halstead, meanwhile, made 10 of 24 shots (42 percent) on the way to a 29-12 halftime lead.

“We didn’t play that bad on defense, especially early,” Ostmeyer said. “But we started to drop our heads and let our offensive problems affect our defense. But realistically we didn’t play that bad defensively.”

Hope for a second-half comeback faded quickly as the Dragons stretched their lead to 42-20 after three quarters.

When the final horn sounded, the Warriors were on the wrong end of a 26-point loss after hitting just nine of 35 field goal attempts (26 percent) and committing 26 turnovers.

“We couldn’t do anything on offense,” Ostmeyer said. “We had 26 turnovers and 24 points and that won’t win you much of anything except maybe loss of sleep.”

Dale Vogel and Jason Hett led the Warriors with eight points. Marion was 0-for-10 from beyond the 3-point line while Halstead drained six of 17.

With the loss, Marion fell to 7-10 overall and 3-5 in the league while Halstead improved to 13-5 and 6-3.

Coming-The Warriors finished the regular season with a game at home against Sterling on Tuesday.

The sub-state tournament will begin next week. The official pairings will be posted on the Free Press Web site when they become available.

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