Marion boys upset 4th-ranked Sedgwick; girls lose by 12

The Marion boys’ basketball team won an electrifying battle with fourth-ranked Sedgwick tonight, 50-47. Both teams struggled in an extremely physical, back-and-forth contest that saw four ties and 18 lead changes. Ultimately, the Warriors stepped up again and again to make big plays when they were needed. The girls lost, 54-42, but also put up a good showing, challenging the Cardinals at several points. The boys now stand at 3-5 overall, 2-2 in the league, and the girls are 0-7 and 0-3.

BOYS – Tonight’s showdown began with each team sharing or taking the lead through the first quarter. The Cardinals tied the game with 2:28 left and sank two sets of free throws to take a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Sedgwick scored again to lead by six, but senior Mikael Antoszyk drained a three-pointer at 7:18 to bring Marion back to within 14-11, and swing the game the Warriors’ way. Jordan Hett scored off a steal seconds later, then hit the basket at 6:21 to give Marion a 15-14 lead. 

After the Cardinals regained the lead, Taylor Heidebrecht sank a three-pointer and Harper followed with a score to put MHS back on top, 19-16. The game saw three more lead changes in the next five minutes. With 13 seconds on the clock Hett stole the ball and scored on a layup to put Marion within one point, 24-23, at halftime.

In the third quarter, the lead switched eight times. Antoszyk sank his second three-pointer of the night and Hett and Harper combined for 10 points to pull the Warrors to within 38-37 at the close of the quarter. Neither team held more than a three-point lead.

Sedgwick started the final quarter with a three-pointer, but Marion answered with Harper scoring from beyond the arc. When the Cardinals built a four-point lead with 6:08 left, Hett penetrated the lane for a score to make it 43-41. 

But Sedgwick drained a three and scored again on its next possession to lead by six with 4:11 remaining. With Marion desperately needing to score, Hett made a layup and Harper sank two throws to make it 47-45 with 2:52 left. Scott Jones swiped the ball and passed to Hett, who was fouled as he made a layup. Hett calmly swished the extra free throw to give a 48-47 lead with 1:32 to play. Then the Warrior defense then forced several missed shots and claimed the rebound. 

With 43 seconds remaining and Marion clinging to a one-point lead, Harper was fouled and made a free throw. After the Warrior defense prevailed on the other end, Harper was fouled again and sank a free throw with 24 seconds left to secure the three-point upset. 

Hett and Harper scored 19 and 17 points, respectively. But the Warriors got good production off the bench as well, with Heidebrecht adding seven points and Antoszyk six.

GIRLS – Despite absorbing their eighth loss of the season, the Warriors played much more aggresively, took better care of the bal and two players score in double digits. Whitney Gordon finished with 18 points — nine from beyond the arc; Katey Ehrlich added 14 points. 

The Warriors took an early lead in a slow first quarter. A basket by Gordon with 26 seconds left put Marion up, 6-2, at the end of the quarter. Sedgwick broke out of its slump in the second quarter, hitting three three-pointers in the first three minutes to help build an 18-8 lead with 3:50 remaining. 

Marion didn’t give up. Erin Meierhoff scored off a steal at 2:41 to ignite a 7-0 scoring run to pull within three points. Sedgwick again struck from three-point range with 45 seconds left and tacked on a free throw to give the Cardinals a 22-17 lead at the half. 

The Warriors kept battling, but the Cardinals began to pull away in the third quarter, finishing the quarter with a  39-27 lead. Marion did not allow the Cardinals to extend the margin beyond 16 points in the final quarter. In the final four minutes, Megan Richmond sank four free throws and Gordon scored on a rebound and twice from beyond the arc to make the final score 52-42. 

Coming – Marion will travel Friday to Hutch Trinity. 

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