Having faced Sedgwick the week before, the Marion basketball teams hosted the Cardinals Tuesday for a rematch to conclude the regular season. The girls had similar results with a victory, but the boys suffered defeat this time around.
Girls?Marion defeated Sedgwick, 45-38, Tuesday. Last week, Marion won a closer game by a 35-34 margin.
This time, the Warriors trailed at the start, 6-0, before scoring nine unanswered points to take the lead. The Cardinals ended the quarter with a string of four points to lead, 10-9, at the first break.
Kirsten Hansen and Kourtney Hansen contributed to an 8-2 Warrior run to put Marion in front, 17-12. The teams traded three-pointers after that. Marion?s came from Bailey Robson at the 2:45 mark. The Warriors led, 20-18, at halftime.
Four of Sedgwick?s seven first-half field goals were three-pointers.
The teams battled evenly through the third quarter. Marion held a 31-29 lead by the end of it.
The Warriors outscored Sedgwick, 14-9, in the final period. The teams traded blow for blow until midway through the quarter when Kourtney Hansen and Robson scored in succession to give Marion a bit of breathing room, 39-33.
After a Sedgwick three-point play, Kirsten Hansen, Kourtney Hansen and Erika Hess each made two free-throws to boost Marion to a comfortable, 45-36, lead with 30 seconds left. Sedgwick added a pair of charity shots to bring it to the final, seven-point spread.
Kourtney Hansen led all scorers with 16 points.
Boys?With Marion handing Sedgwick a loss on the Cardinals? home court last week, the Cardinals returned the favor Tuesday, defeating Marion, 57-44.
Sedgwick brought increased intensity, but Marion hung with the Cardinals for the first half of play.
Sedgwick claimed a 4-0 lead, then Mason Pedersen and Peyton Heidebrecht scored back-to-back three-pointers to put Marion in front, and the teams traded scores. With Marion trailing, 13-11, Jack Schneider scored to tie the game, then Pedersen made his second trey to give Marion a 16-13 lead at the first break.
Sedgwick regained the lead with a 5-0 run before Zachary Stuchlik made a three- and two-point basket in succession to put Marion in front, 23-20, with 3:03 left in the half. Marion managed only free-throws after that, and Sedgwick burst to intermission by outscoring the Warriors 12-5 to lead, 32-28.
Marion?s scoring woes continued in the third quarter as the Warriors made just four free-throws. The Cardinals took advantage, building a double-digit, 44-32, lead by the final break.
Nicholas Stuchlik scored twice to start the fourth quarter, and when Peyton Heidebrecht chipped in a free-throw, Marion had trimmed the deficit to 44-37, with 6:11 to play. But the Warriors did not make another field goal until 14 seconds remained in the game, when Pedersen drained a three-pointer. By that point, Marion trailed by the final, 13-point margin.
Sedgwick made nine three-pointers in the contest. Marion made five.
Pedersen led the Warriors with 14 points.
Coming?Marion will participate in the Class 3A substate hosted by Halstead next week.
The boys will play Monday. There is a chance Marion could face Sedgwick a third time in as many weeks. Marion (9-11) has tied with Halstead, meaning the fifth and sixth seeds will come down to a coin toss. The winner would travel to Eureka, while the loser would go to Sedgwick.
The girls will play Tuesday. Marion (15-5) is tied with Southeast of Saline, meaning the Warriors will be either the two or three seed and will have a home game Tuesday.
For official brackets (released Wednesday), check hillsborofreepress.com
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