Marion sweeps Sedgwick in pair of one-point victories

The Marion basketball teams each snuck out of Sedgwick with one-point victories Tuesday.

Bailey Robson shoots for two during the first half at Sedgwick Tuesday. Robson led the Warriors with 11 points in Marion?s 35-34 win.
Bailey Robson shoots for two during the first half at Sedgwick Tuesday. Robson led the Warriors with 11 points in Marion?s 35-34 win.

Girls?Marion defeated the Cardinals, 35-34, Tuesday.

Both teams struggled to score early on. Marion missed its first eight attempts from the field.

Sedgwick attempted?and missed?just two shots in the first five minutes of play and turned the ball over at least four times during that stretch.

After having made one of two free-throws early on, Kourtney Hansen scored the game?s first basket with 3:13 left in the opening period. Sedgwick tied the game with a three-pointer, but Erika Hess responded with a trey. Sedgwick scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 7-6 lead.

The Cardinals built an 11-8 lead. After that, Kirsten Hansen scored to ignite a 7-2 run to end the half. Bailey Robson scored the final four points, giving Marion a 15-13 lead at intermission.

The Warriors increased their lead to 21-16 before Sedgwick?s Sydney Hilliard cashed in on three traditional three-point plays and a three-pointer in a 2:22 stretch to put Sedgwick in front, 28-25. A Kourtney Hansen free-throw and basket by Robson tied the game at the final break, 28-28.

The teams battled to a 34-34 tie with 2:59 left in the game. Both teams missed a few shots, and after a Sedgwick miss, Marion secured the rebound and coach Kelly Robson called timeout with 45 seconds to play. With 6.9 left in regulation, Sedgwick?s coach was whistled for a technical foul while making a case for a double-dribble violation. Bailey Robson went to the free-throw line and made one of two technical shots, which ended up being the game-winner as a long Sedgwick three-point attempt missed at the buzzer.

Robson led the Warriors with 11 points.

Zachary Stuchlik scores to bring Marion within 14-10 during the second quarter at Sedgwick Tuesday. Stuchlik scored eight points in Marion?s 34-33 win.
Zachary Stuchlik scores to bring Marion within 14-10 during the second quarter at Sedgwick Tuesday. Stuchlik scored eight points in Marion?s 34-33 win.

Boys?Marion earned a narrow, 34-33, victory Tuesday.

Jack Schneider drained a three-pointer in the first 40 seconds of action, but that was Marion?s only field goal of the first period and Sedgwick scored seven unanswered points after that. The Cardinals led by as many as 12-4. Zachary Stuchlik closed the first quarter with a pair of free-throws, making it 12-6 at the first break.

As a result of a lockdown Marion effort on defense, Sedgwick missed the first five shots it attempted in the second quarter. Mason Pedersen scored five of Marion?s seven points in the quarter, including a three-pointer with 57 seconds left in the half to bring Marion within 16-13 at halftime. The Cardinals made just one field goal in the period.

After Dylan Pippin scored, Sedgwick enjoyed an 8-0 run to lead, 24-15. Marion drew within three with a 6-0 run, and the third quarter ended with the Warriors trailing, 27-23.

Pedersen scored on a traditional three-point play to open the fourth quarter, then Zachary Stuchlik made a pair of free-throws to push Marion in front, 28-27. He made two more at the 4:56 mark, and Pedersen drained a three-pointer with 2:50 to play, putting Marion in front, 33-31.

Sedgwick tied the game with 14 seconds left and Marion called timeout with 7.6 to play. Schneider drove into the lane and was fouled. He made the second of two free-throws with 1.6 left, which was just enough to give the Warriors the victory. Sedgwick missed a half-court shot at the buzzer.

Pedersen led all scorers with 11 points.

Coming?Marion will host Sedgwick in a rematch to close the regular season Tuesday.

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