The Marion boys slipped to 1-6 in Heart of America league play, 5-12 overall with losses to Hutchinson Trinity and Sedgwick last week.
Hutchinson Trinity—Marion came up just short Friday, 60-56.
The Warriors found themselves in a hole early, 11-1. Trinity’s Mac Pritchett made three three-pointers in the opening period to contribute to a 20-14 Celtic lead by the end of it. Noah Dalrymple scored eight of Marion’s 14 first-quarter points.
When the Celtics missed their first six field goal attempts of the second quarter, Marion enjoyed a 10-3 run. Dalrymple scored with 2:48 left in the half to give Marion the lead, 24-23. The Celtics answered with five points before Dalrymple scored with 38 seconds left to bring Marion within 28-26 at halftime.
The Warriors started the second half with a 10-4 run to regain the lead, 36-32, after Nathan Baldwin scored at the 5:14 mark. After that, though, the Celtics ended the quarter on a 13-2 run to lead, 45-38, heading into the final break.
Zachary Stuchlik and Sam Zinn each made a three-pointer in the first 2:11 of the quarter, and Dalrymple later scored to bring Marion within 48-46 with 3:16 to play. Chase Stringer later made two free-throws to bring the Warriors again within two, 52-50, with 1:25 left, but the Celtics scored the next five points.
Stringer scored to close the gap to three, then Trinity made two free-throws.
Mason Pedersen was fouled on a three-point attempt with 14 seconds left and made two of three ensuing charity shots to bring Marion within 57-54, and, after Trinity added a free-throw, Stringer made two charity shots to close the gap to 58-56 with 10 seconds left. Trinity, however, scored with five seconds remaining to seal the game.
Dalrymple led the Warriors with 16 points. Stuchlik scored 11.
Sedgwick—Marion suffered a 65-50 defeat at Sedgwick Tuesday.
The Warriors led briefly, 6-5, near the midway point of the opening quarter, but a 7-0 Sedgwick run put the Cardinals up by six. Nathan Baldwin scored Marion’s final four points of the quarter, which ended with Sedgwick leading, 18-10.
The Cardinals scored off a turnover to take a double-digit lead 33 seconds into the second quarter.
With Marion trailing, 23-12, Zachary Stuchlik hit two free-throws, then Evann Heidebrecht and Blaine Mermis scored in succession. That was the start of a 15-3 Warrior rally, and although Sedgwick’s leading scorer, Brayden Francis, made a three-pointer after that, Marion responded with nine unanswered points to take the lead, 27-26, with 2:30 left in the half.
The Cardinals outscored Marion, 8-1 in the final 2:16, however, to lead, 34-28, at halftime.
Sedgwick’s Neal Bever made two- and three-point baskets in the first two minutes of the third quarter to push the Cardinals’ lead to 11, and Marion’s deficit remained in double figures the rest of the way. Noah Dalrymple scored five of Marion’s 10 points in the period, which ended with Sedgwick leading, 52-38.
Sedgwick led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter, 65-45. Marion scored the final five points of the game to bring it to the final spread.
Dalrymple led the Warriors with 13 points. Francis led all scorers with 19 points.
Coming—Marion was scheduled to play at Inman Tuesday and will host Elyria Christian Friday.