Marion?boys succumb to Swathers

Zach Robson makes the second of two consecutive baskets during the second quarter Thursday against Hesston. Robson led Marion with 12 points in the Warriors? 49-35 sub-state semifinal loss to the Swathers.The Marion boys came up short, 49-35, in a sub-state semifinal contest against unbeaten Hesston?ranked first in Class 3A?at the Marion Sports and Aquatic Center Thursday.

After battling for every point early on, Marion faced a 23-10 deficit at halftime. But the Warriors did not go down without a fight.

Marion gave the Swathers a run for their money with a monstrous third-quarter effort during which Marion closed the gap to five points and more than doubled its halftime score.

Hesston regrouped after that, and had regained a 10-point margin by the end of the third quarter. From there, the Swathers rolled to the 14-point win.

?(Hesston) played really hard?got to give them a lot of credit? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?I thought most moments of the game we were fighting right there with them. They got a few more buckets to fall than we did.

?We had trouble scoring in the first half, and we came out pretty determined in the third quarter and really cut into the lead. It?d take us a lot of energy to whittle it down to six or five or eight, and then it would balloon on us to 13 again. That?s what good teams do.?

The game began with a three-point basket from Hesston?s Grant Raleigh, and Ryan Schadler added a layup before Grif Case got Marion on the board with a basket in the paint at the 5:12 mark.

After Tyler McCartney scored to put Hesston up, 7-2, each team had their share of missed shots. The next five points were scored from the charity stripe. Two free throws by James Jones brought Marion within 9-5. But the Swathers increased their lead to 14-5 by the first break.

After Raleigh drained his second three of the night, Zach Robson scored consecutive baskets to bring Marion within 17-9 with 4:15 left in the half. The Warriors managed only one free throw the rest of the half and Hesston led 23-10 at intermission.

A goaltending call against Hesston ignited a 12-2 Marion run. Timothy Knolla drained a three-pointer, then scored again to bring Marion within 25-17. When Knolla made his second three-pointer and Jacob Baldwin chipped in two free throws, Marion was within 27-22 with 3:34 left in the period. Hesston outscored the Warriors 8-3 after that to lead 35-25 by the end of the quarter.

After Schadler scored on three straight Swather possessions, Hesston led 45-30 with 4:40 left in the game. Taylor Heidebrecht scored, but Hesston answered with two consecutive buckets to lead 49-32 with 3:05 to play.

With the Swathers milking the clock, Marion managed one last basket when Robson drained a three-pointer with 8 seconds left.

?We knew it was going to be a challenge,? McMillin said. ?We said we?ve got to play tough, and we did.

?We had five seniors that didn?t want to be done playing, and they wanted to make a statement. I think we did?we know we gave all we had. We left it out there, and that?s what you want to do.?

Raleigh led all scorers with 16 points. Schadler added 13 for Hesston and Wyatt McKinney 10. Robson led Marion with 12 points.

Marion concludes the season with a 13-9 record. Six seniors will graduate this year: Knolla, Heidebrecht, Robson, Case, Jones and Jared Hague.

?It hasn?t really sunk in (that the season?s over), or that I?m done coaching these seniors here,? McMillin said. ?They?ve been amazing. I?ve loved working with them every single day.?

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