Marion boys win at the wire, 59-56

For the second time in as many nights, a Marion High School boys basketball game was decided by a 3-point shot at the last second. Fortunately for the Warriors, the ball found its way into Justin Heidebrecht?s hands at the pivotal moment, and Heidebrecht?s shot gave the Marion boys a 59-56 win over Lyons Saturday.? The Marion girls won their second straight game going away, drubbing the visiting Lions 51-23.

Having been outscored 9-2 in a sloppy first quarter and trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half, the Warriors mounted a third-period charge.

Marion outscored the Lions 26-14 in the third period, knotting the game at 40-all on a triple by Calvin Jeffrey.

Lyons reclaimed the lead on a shot by Jake Craig and carried a 42-40 advantage into the fourth quarter. The visitors pushed their lead to 3 points three times in the frame.

After Brennan Clark put the Lions up 49-46 with 4:48 to go, Marion grabbed a 50-49 lead on unanswered baskets by Chase Carlson and Calvin Jeffrey.

Both team?s offenses stalled in with 4:15 to go, combining to score only 4 points during a 2-minute drought.

But when Heidebrecht drilled a 3-pointer set up by Jeffrey for a 54-52 lead with 2:15 to go, scoring spiked at both ends of the floor.

Clark answered Heidebrecht?s shot with a game-tying layup. Heidebrecht fired right back, weaving around the defense along the baseline and curling out toward the top of the for another 3-point try.

The shot came up a hair short, but Isaac Hett, standing unchecked under the rack, restored the Warriors lead with an understated offensive rebound and stick-back.

Lyons tied it again at 56-56 with 41 seconds to go on a dribble-drive runner by Payton Griffitt that was astounding both for the superb finishing touch Griffitt put on his shot and the sheer awkwardness of the move he made to get the jumper away.

Knotted with Lyons at 56-56, Marion called time out with 36 seconds left on the clock.
The Warriors dribbled the clock down and worked the ball to Jeffrey, who used a screen to find a seam in the Lyons defense. Knifing through multiple Lions to get to the basket, Jeffrey had his shot disrupted by a sea of hands and then blocked outright.

But Jeffrey stuck with the loose ball and pinpointed Heidebrect, who had stepped out into the vacant left wing corner.
A split-second after his shot rattled through the rim, Lyons called timeout to set up a last-ditch lob play?and Heidebrecht intercepted a long lob in the center circle to nullify the possibility of a replay of Friday?s buzzer-beater loss to Ellinwood.

Heidebrecht led all scorers with 18 points. Jeffrey added 17 points to go with 7 assists. Isaac Hett notched 9 points and 14 rebounds. Griffitt led four Lyons in double digits with 16 points, followed by 11 from Brett Bieberie and 10 each from Clark and Craig.

After a slow start, the girls handled the Lions easily, A 24-4 run in
the third quarter blew open a game suffering from offensive gridlock. A 9-5 first quarter and a 9-6 second gave Marion an 18-11 lead at halftime. But as the Warriors press defense found its rhythm, easy baskets started falling like buckets of rain. Julia Zeiner scored 14 points, with Kayley Heerey notching 12 and Lindsay Hett adding 10 in the victory.

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