Marion sweeps Sedgwick on homecoming night

Marion swept visiting Sedgwick Tuesday on homecoming night. The girls won, 51-35, and the boys won, 69-68.

Kourtney Hansen
Kourtney Hansen
Girls—A solid night of shooting propelled Marion to a 51-35 victory over Sedgwick Tuesday. With a majority of the Warriors’ shots coming in the paint, Marion went 23-for-43 from the field (53 percent).

The game was highly-contested in the first half, however, as a back-and-forth first quarter led to a tie at the first break, 12-12.

Leading, 19-18, Marion outscored the Cardinals, 5-2 in the final 1:43 of the second quarter, thanks to a three-point play then a basket, all by Kourtney Hansen. The Warriors led, 24-20, at halftime.

The Warriors took control in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors, 13-4, and holding Sedgwick scoreless for a 5:17 stretch. The Cardinals were 1-for-8 from the field in the quarter; Marion was 6-for-11. Marion led, 37-24, by the end of the third period.

The Warriors built their advantage in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 19, 50-31, when Hansen scored with 1:55 left. Marion went on to win by 16.

Hansen led all scorers with 22 points.

Evann Heidebrecht
Evann Heidebrecht
Boys—Marion outlasted a second-half Cardinal rally to defeat Sedgwick Tuesday, 69-68, with a last-second basket.

Marion built a 13-10 lead after one quarter of play, limiting Sedgwick to 2-for-10 shooting from the field (20 percent). The Warriors enjoyed an 11-2 run in the first 3:58 of the second quarter, capped by back to back baskets by Blaine Mermis for a 24-12 Warrior lead. Sam Zinn hit his second and third three-pointers of the quarter in the final 1:19 to help extend Marion’s lead to 32-17 by halftime.

Sedgwick made just five of 20 attempts from the field in the half (25 percent). Marion made 14 of 26 (54 percent).

The Warriors led by as many as 47-28 after Chase Stringer scored with 3:53 left in the third quarter, but Sedgwick ended the quarter on a 13-5 run to trim the deficit to 52-41.

Sedgwick’s Neal Bever made a three-pointer 28 seconds into the final period, the first of five treys by him in the period. Bever made his final two threes in a 16-second span sandwiching a Warrior turnover to push Sedgwick in front, 63-62, with 2:50 to play. With Sedgwick in front, 65-63, Noah Dalrymple scored to tie the game with 2:06 remaining. A series of turnovers, missed shots and missed free-throws ensued, and the teams remained locked at 65 with less than a minute to play.

Zachary Stuchlik scored with 34 seconds left to put Marion in front, 67-65, but Sedgwick’s Brayden Francis scored and drew a foul. He completed the traditional three-point play to push Sedgwick back in front, 68-67, with 16 seconds to go. With 2 seconds on the clock, Evann Heidebrecht scored the game-winning basket to give Marion the one-point victory.

Stringer led the Warriors with 24 points. Zinn scored 18.

Coming—Marion will travel to Hutchinson Trinity Friday.